Wellington: M.S. Dhoni, the leader of the Twenty20 world champion, took the 0-2 defeat to New Zealand with equanimity. He spoke to the media after the five-wicket loss on Friday.
On the game: When we got 150, most people would have thought that New Zealand would win in 15 or 16 overs. I am really proud of the side, the way we came back after the first three or four overs. I thought Harbhajan and (Ravindra) Jadeja were fantastic. It was sad to lose Ishant (Sharma) to a shoulder injury. Zaheer’s second spell was amazing. Irfan (Pathan) too came back well in his last two overs.
On the last over: With 12 needed off six deliveries, we knew it would be close. Cricket is a cruel game, anything can happen, so we were just taking it ball by ball.
On India’s batting: Our batting was perhaps a backlash of the first game we played. We lost wickets quickly again. When Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) and I were batting, we were comfortably placed, scoring at 6.5 or 7 an over. We were batting well in partnership, knowing that with our batsmen to follow, we could bank on having a go in the last 5 or 6 overs. But that was reduced to maybe 3 overs at the end after we lost Yuvi and Yusuf (Pathan) in quick succession.
On New Zealand: (Brendon) McCullum batted brilliantly in both the games, he carried through till the end and the others were batting around him. That is precisely what you require as a team. New Zealand played better.
On his calm: I am not an angry captain. I am not too worried about the result. I am more concerned about the commitment and effort.
On crowd trouble: That’s really sad. You don’t want bottles to be thrown around in a cricket match. The cricket ball is enough to hurt you, as it is. Hopefully, they won’t throw bottles anymore. — Special Correspondent