Not himself, a furious M S Dhoni blames batsmen, bowlers for humiliating loss to England

M S Dhoni

Skipper M S Dhoni, who weathered a storm of accusations that he did not deserve to lead the Indian Test team, today blamed his batsmen and quick bowlers in equal measure for the team's humiliating 1-2 series loss against England after the fourth and final Test ended in a draw here.

He had nothing to say about the fact that the team lacked direction most of the time and the changes that he himself effected usually fell flat.

"I think we struggled in the batting and fast bowling but our spinners were on the mark. The difference between the two bowling sides was James Anderson, he bowled really well on all the four occasions," said Dhoni at the post match presentation ceremony.

Batting icons Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and bowler Zaheer Khan failed miserably on tracks that were tailor-made for Indian batsmen and bowlers.

"Most of the other fast bowlers looked quite average but he was the one who tested the batsmen quite often. I think the credit goes to him, there was not much support for fast bowlers on a track like this.

But apart from that, I think the batsmen have to take the responsibility of not putting enough runs on the board," he said.

England broke a 28-year-old jinx by achieving a historic Test series win on Indian soil, leaving the hosts embarrassed with a 2-1 verdict.

Dhoni struggled to explain as to why plans made in the dressing room were simply falling apart on the field as England showed great character in making a comeback into the series after losing the first Test in Ahmedabad by nine wickets.

"If you are playing on tracks that turn from the very first day, then you have to be at your best because if you commit one or two mistakes, you may be the side that will have to take the pressure.

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