MS Dhoni backs under-fire Duncan Fletcher

Duncan Fletcher’s role may be under scanner following India’s prolonged poor run of form but Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday refused to blame the coach, saying the utmost responsibility for performance lies with the players.

Dhoni was asked about the role played by Fletcher as India have lost one series after another. “It’s time that players take the responsibility. Coaches are there to guide us. If the player has problem in technique, coach can suggest. Coach cannot go to ground. It will be wrong to blame the coach. The utmost responsibility lies with the players at the end of the day,” Dhoni said at the pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s third and final one-dayer against Pakistan.

Asked if India needs a foreign coach, Dhoni jokingly said, “I don’t know. Desi aur videshi. Desi aur videshi to bas murge hote hain (Indian or foreign is meant for chicken only).” Dhoni evaded a direct answer when asked if some new players, such as Ajinya Rahane, will be given a chance to play on Sunday since India have already lost the three-match ODI series. “We have given chance to Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. We all know he is a good swing bowler. But we have not decided on the playing XI. Jinks (Ajinkya) has been doing well. We will feature the best side,” he said. Read more
Courtesy : cricketnext.in.com

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