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Dhoni: India simply not good enough

17 Aug 2014, 2156 hrs IST,  PTI  
Dhoni: India simply not good enough
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India succumbed to a 3-1 defeat in the five-Test series.
London: India captain MS Dhoni admitted his team had simply not been good enough after losing the five-match Test series against England 3-1 on Sunday. The touring side played excellently to win the second Test at Lord's after losing the toss on a difficult wicket to bat on but they were blown away in the last three matches following a series of spectacular batting collapses.

"The last three Tests, we were not up to the mark. We never competed," Dhoni said at the presentation ceremony following his team's defeat by an innings and 244 runs in the final Test at The Oval. "Today's batting was a reflection of a loss of confidence. It's disappointing. The youngsters will have learned, not many will have played here. It's important for them. (Full Scorecard)

"Right from the start, our batsmen haven't performed - it was the lower order. Later on in the series, when the lower order didn't perform, we saw there wasn't enough runs on the board."

India were bowled out for 94 inside 30 overs on Sunday, failing to cope with the conditions and an inspired England pace attack. "It's demanding over here, but the wickets were good, with nice pace and bounce," said Dhoni who was led India to three Test series losses to England in a row.

"With overcast conditions, the ball swings. The England bowlers were very consistent." Dhoni said he had been powerless to change the momentum of the series. "We couldn't have done anything different," he said. "We gave Rohit Sharma a game, but who else could we have left out? If you are playing with five bowlers, it's very difficult.

"There was no point playing a practice game after the third Test. We were here early and we had the resources."

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was named India's man of the series for his consistent seam bowling and useful runs at number nine in the order. "What is important is what you learn from a series and what you do after," he said. "In a five-match series it's never easy to maintain performance. We have some inexperienced players who will learn. Being a fast bowler, it is always enjoyable bowling in England. I tried to keep my line and length."
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Overnight batsman Joe Root brought up his fifth-Test century in the morning session. It was Root's 3rd ton of the summer.
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Stuart Broad, who came after Chris Jordan's fall, scored 37 off 38 balls before being dismissed.
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Varun Aaron was India's most expensive bowler and returned with figures of 153/2 in 29 overs.
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Root's 149* off 165 balls helped England to 486 as the hosts took a 338-run lead.
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A classic inswinger from Jimmy Anderson got rid of Murali Vijay, who lasted only 16 balls.
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Gautam Gambhir's 28-minute agonising stay at the crease was cut short while going for a non-existent run.
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Anderson removed Cheteshwar Pujara after lunch and moved closer to Ian Botham's Test wickets tally of 383.
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Gary Ballance's excellent catch to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane added one more to Broad's wickets tally.
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MS Dhoni, India's top-scorer in the first innings, scored a duck in the second as India were reduced to 46/5.
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Chris Jordan ended Virat Kohli's dismal tour with a cracker of a delivery and dashed India's hope of stretching the match to the next session.
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In the end, India were bowled out for 94 in 29.2 overs in their second innings as England won the match by an innings and 244 runs.
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