Start using your brains: Skipper MS Dhoni tells his bowlers

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HAMILTON: “Start using your brains more”, Indian skipper¬†Mahendra Singh Dhoni¬†told his wayward bowlers after losing the one-day series to New Zealand on Tuesday.

Lashing out at the bowlers, who have been wayward through the series which India lost 0-3 with one match to go, Dhoni said: “When it comes to talent, we definitely have bowlers who can do well. But at the same time they will have to start using their brains more and improvise themselves.”

“(Mohd.) Shami is someone who has been quite consistent, apart from this series. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been off this series but he’s a good bowler. At the end of the day they need to push themselves because with rule changes it is going to be quite tough. But it hasn’t been rule changes hurting us in this series, it has been bad bowling,” Dhoni said.

Dhoni said that his bowlers consistently bowled short and wide right through the series and gave away too many runs.

“Frankly, our bowling was quite disappointing. This was a kind of wicket where one thing you don’t want to do is to bowl short and wide. I think we consistently did that with the new ball and the older ball,” Dhoni said.

“We often complain about the five fielders outside the circle, but when you bowl short and wide it doesn’t matter. I think the fast bowlers gave away too many runs. Talking about spinners, they bowled well and hit the right areas,” he added.

Dhoni was also critical of his top-order batsmen who made the same mistakes of losing wickets at crucial intervals….

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