Tuesday 28 January 2014 

Video - Dhoni Wants Bowlers To Improve

Following India's seven-wicket defeat to New Zealand in the fourth One-Day International in Hamilton, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has called for his bowlers to improve.

Despite scoring 278 for five, India were beaten when New Zealand clsoed on 280 for three with more than an over to spare, a result which put the home side into a 3-0 series lead with one game remaining.

Now Dhoni, right, who scored an unbeaten 79 for India, says that Indian bowlers need to challenge themselves and get better.

"If you look at the whole pool of bowlers there's definitely some good talent which we can keep working on," he said.

"But at the end of the day they need to push themselves, because with the new changes and everything it will be slightly tough."

However, he went on to say in no uncertain terms that he thought that the performance of his bowlers in this series has not been good enough, and this is not down to any rule changes.

"But I think in the series so far it is not been the changes, the field placements, it has been too some extent bad bowling.

"Most of it has been short and wide and it has given the batsmen a fair amount of room to score freely. You know, we'll have to keep it tight."

Meanwhile, Dhoni (in the video to the right) wasn't about to spare his batsmen criticism either, saying he was disappointed with their performance after only he, Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja capitalised on making starts.

"I think we made the same mistake again when it comes to the batting department. We lost wickets at a crucial time and that has been the case in the series so far.

"But last year we were able to get something close to 280-odd runs, which I feel was good enough, provided we bowled well on this wicket, but it was not the case."

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