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Bowlers praised by Dhoni

Calcutta: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed “a couple of bad decisions” and “bad shots” for the Durban loss. But at the same time, he maintained that he was happy with the overall performance of his team in the Test series.

Speaking after the match, Dhoni said: “I think the first session today was very crucial… We didn’t start off well. There were a couple bad decisions… Tough decisions. There were also some bad shots and we were in a hole straightaway. But overall it has been a fantastic Test series. It was a tough one for us.”

Dhoni had special praise for the bowling department. “I am very happy with the bowling department… It becomes a bit difficult with a 3:1 combination without the luxury of an all-rounder. They have to work a little bit harder and more often than not we end up bowling more than hundred overs. But I think the bowlers did pretty well… Bowled according to the plan we had.”

Dhoni’s counterpart, Graeme Smith, admitted that India posed a tough challenge. “I am very happy with the result… India have always been a very challenging team. At the Wanderers, they were 90 per cent ahead of us. So, this was always going to be a big game for us. Considering the weather and the fact that they were 181 for one at the end of the first day’s play, our performance has been terrific,” Smith said.

Speaking on the wicket, Smith said: “The wicket wasn’t easy… I was almost thinking that we are playing in India. But we turned it around. Considering the amount of time that we have lost in the game, the guys did a great job. The way Dale Steyn bowled was just terrific. Robin Peterson too bowled really well.”