Dhoni blames it on batting

Injuries didn't help either:Skipper

“It was not really good,” said Mahendra Singh Dhoni in his post-match comments about the period when they lost seven wickets while adding just 21 runs.

“I thought there may be a situation where we can push for a draw but we lost two wickets in quick succession. After that, we were not able to build any sort of partnership,” reasoned the Indian skipper after a 4-0 drubbing.

Batting and injuries, Dhoni said, let the team down. “We never put a par-plus score on the board,” he noted. “Through the series, there has never been an instance where we have put over 350 runs.

“After that, it becomes quite difficult for the bowlers. The first two Test matches where we lost one bowler each, that was again a big setback.”

Dhoni said it wasn’t easy to cope with the loss of batsmen, too.  “And then losing batsmen like Gautam Gambhir in the first Test and in this match because of injuries... Things have been happening and it has been a challenge throughout the series,” he explained.

On picking unfit players in the series, Dhoni said it was a difficult one to answer. “But when it comes to Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag, more often than not, what you do is wait for them so that they are available for selection because we know what they are capable of and what kind of difference they can make.

“Zaheer, if you see, it’s a different injury that came in. It wasn’t his shoulder or the ankle that troubled him. Instead, it was the hamstring and a very different injury and Viru played two Tests,” Dhoni offered.

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