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Dhoni to be blamed for India's ouster: Chetan Sharma

Press Trust Of India |October 3, 2012, 3:24 PM IST
Dhoni to be blamed for India's ouster: Chetan Sharma

New Delhi: Former India pacer Chetan Sharma on Wednesday held captain Mahender Singh Dhoni's selection policy responsible for the team's ouster from the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

"I think the entire team should not be blamed for the exit. Only Dhoni is to be blamed. He should accept his responsibility and stop blaming rain (for India's ouster)," Sharma said about Dhoni's excuse following the heavy defeat against Australia in their first Super Eights game.

Sharma was aghast with Dhoni's decision to leave experienced offspinner Harbhajan Singh out of the crucial Super Eights match against South Africa on Tuesday.

"Seeing Harbhajan not playing such an important match was shocking and depressing as well. A bowler who has over 400 Test wickets shouldn't have been left out of the team," he said.

"If his horses for courses policy is to be implemented then Harbhajan should have made it into the team," Sharma said during the launch of a Under-16 cricket tournament in Delhi.

India beat South Africa by a solitary run in Colombo but still they failed to qualify for the semi-finals due to Pakistan's superior run-rate, courtesy their crushing nine-wicket loss against Australia.

And after India's elimination from the World Twenty20 last night, Dhoni had once again blamed the short rain intervention against Australia as one of the reasons for their early departure from the event.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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