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People wait for me with swords: Dhoni

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Indore: A relieved MS Dhoni took a dig at those calling for his ouster as India’s limited overs captain, saying there are a lot of “people who wait with open swords and want him to make mistakes”.

“It is not an easy game that we play, a lot of people wait with open swords and want you to make mistakes and have fun with it,” Dhoni said. “It was a good game for us. There were a few soft dismissals and we didn’t score something which was par on this wicket. We didn’t start well with our bowling but our spinners did well and gave us the breakthrough and later the pacers also came into action and gave us those wickets, which were needed at that point of time. So, overall I would not say it was a complete game because definitely we can play much better with our skills but it is good to win games.

It is not every time you lose in home conditions. Yes, we didn’t play to our full capacity, we are not even 80 per cent of what we can, so overall it was a good team performance. As a batting unit we may not have scored something which we could have defended but the bowlers showed that we are able to defend that.” Asked if he was tensed when No. 9 K Rabada was batting, Dhoni said: “It is always difficult with lower order batsmen. We knew we needed two good deliveries and a bit of luck too. We had to play to our self strategy. I wont say that the game was in our hand but we had a chance if we could bowl at the right areas and I feel the bowlers did that. In the last 2-3 years, it’s the top order major work for us they loads of runs. It is fact but sometimes you have to do the dirty job. It has been a good 2-3 years with few ups and downs.”