Opener and explosive batsman Virender Sehwag was dropped from the third and final ODI against Pakistan here yesterday. His replacement Ajinkya Rahane failed to impress while Gautam Gambhir once again gave his wicket away cheaply.
“Our openers need to show more patience, especially when the ball is moving around,” Dhoni told reporters here. “The use of two new balls could be one of the reasons why we haven’t had a good start.”
When questioned about his decision to drop the Delhi dasher, Dhoni said: “Sehwag was a last-minute change. We decided to give some of the new players a chance.”
India managed to prevent a whitewash, winning the dead rubber by 10 runs.
Dhoni praised his bowlers and fielders for a superlative effort but rued the failure of his batsmen. “I am very happy with the win. It was a complete team effort, we fielded exceptionally well and our bowling was right on the money. We ended up saving more than 20 runs thanks to our fielding,” said the 31-year-old.