This is the ninth time in recent matches that Indian bowlers have conceded in excess of 350 runs but Dhoni seemed livid about how they bowled with the new ball.
"More than the death bowling, our bowling with the new ball was not upto the mark. Shami bowled really well as he hit the right areas but rest of the bowlers didn't. I think we need some more pace," a worried skipper said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Dhoni was the first to admit that on the New Wanderers wicket, the bowlers shouldn't have conceded in excess of 350. "Bowling department let us down. If you give away more than 350 runs, batsmen will be under pressure.
On wickets like these, we will find it difficult to score freely," the skipper said when asked about the batsmen's failure to cope with the pace and bounce of the wicket.
Dhoni sustained a thumb injury while batting which required medical assistance but the skipper assured that he is "fine and ready for the next game".
Questioned on the lack of preparation for this kind of surface coming from the sib-continental featherbeds, Dhoni defended the decision to arrive late. "We knew we had two to three days but we could have adapted slightly better." Winning captain AB de Villiers said that it was "important to be confident" on the field.
"After the game, we will have a drink and will be friends but in the field, we won't back down especially in our own conditions. Lots of credit should go to Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock. Especially de Kock, who at such a young age scored that big hundred as we all batted around him," the skipper said.