MS Dhoni blames lack of experience after India lose first T20I vs Zimbabwe

first_imgIndia were stunned by a spirited Zimbabwean side in the first T20 international of the three-match series in Harare on Saturday. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who failed to score eight runs in the final over, was left to rue the inexperience cost the team dear.Put in to to bat, Zimbabwe rode on Elton Chigumbura late blitz (26-ball 54 not out) to score 170 for six. In reply, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals, including a golden duck by the ODI series hero Lokesh Rahul, and could only manage 168 for six in their slotted overs. (Match Report | Highlights)”Ultimately, it was a contest between bat and ball. It was all about execution, I thought the last ball was fantastic,” Dhoni said in the post-match presentation ceremony.’BATSMEN MADE MISTAKES’India fielded five debutants for the game and Dhoni said it was a “learning curve” for the rookie players.”Soft dismissals, some of the wickets we lost were catching practice. I feel this is a stage where most of them would feel the pressure, I hope they learn from it, it is a good learning curve, but there were mistakes from the batsmen,” Dhoni said.Dhoni was also quick to defend the team saying they were not playing their best XI but also didn’t mince his words in blasting the bowling unit.”We didn’t bowl and field that well either.  Not a lot to think about, we didn’t play our best XI. The Zimbabwe batsmen batted very well, but we didn’t bowl well either,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more