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Thoroughly outplayed in both the Tests and ODIs, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the miserable tour of England was all about adjusting to shock injuries that pushed his team on the backfoot and
dealing with a wretched run of bad luck.
India suffered a humiliating whitewash in the fourmatch Test series before losing the five- match ODI series 0- 3 here on Friday.
In final assessment, Dhoni said injury to several key team members played a huge part in the debacle.
‘I have not seen so many injuries in the last five years. To see 9- 11 players get injured in one series has been shocking. In the ODI series we also did not have luck,’he said at the press conference after India lost the fifth and final ODI by six wickets via the Duckworth- Lewis method here.
‘If you look at the first two Tests, we were left with three bowlers. If your bowling starts looking weak, the pressure piles on batsmen. You cannot carry a team consistently on just one department.”If Zaheer was there in the first Test and we could have pressed advantage in the second innings instead of relying on part- timers. It could have looked different. But its important what we did. There is no point in sulking,’Dhoni said.
Dhoni, however, said that his side would not be thinking of revenge when England tour India next month to play five one- day matches.
‘You should not have such a feeling. If you have revenge in your mind, you become desperate and start putting pressure on the whole side. Its better to stick to basics,’he said.
‘We also would have to see how many of the 9- 11 players who are injured are now fit and have played some matches.
We have to see who all are available for selection,’Dhoni added.
Asked if he thought injured players should straightaway be allowed to get back into the side without having a few matches under their belt, Dhoni said, ‘Its tough. We have to exactly see what kind of injury it is.”It is good if someone has some matches under his belt. But its difficult because you need experience in a line- up. You try to balance it. You donalt39t want your bowling department to look completely fresh.’Dhoni blamed the conditions and injury to pacer Munaf Patel as the reason for Indias six- wicket defeat in the fifth and final match here.