Never thought spinners will have a bad day: Dhoni

India's limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put the blame on Indian spinners for losing the first ODI against Australia as he admitted on Tuesday that his tweakers failed to perform at their absolute best at the WACA ground.

"When I was speaking about sharing the load yesterday, I was speaking about when the fast bowlers don't have a very good day then I will have to use the spinner", said Dhoni with a rueful smile after the five-wicket loss in the first ODI.

"I think they batted really well", acknowledged Dhoni, when asked about the strike rotation between the Australian batsmen.

"They [Australia] played a few big shots, but other than that was the time when they rotated [the strike] really well". They were still getting more than six runs in an over and I felt that was an area when there was a lot of pressure on us, because the spinners also went for quite a few boundaries.

He had a word of praise for the fast bowlers. But other than that if you see our fast bowlers bowled well and gave us a very good start. "As I said 310 was a very good score". Also, being the left arm bowler, I think he has a slight advantage of the angle that goes away from the right hander batsmen. I won't make view centered on one-game, although I felt he bowled very well. Which means I feel if we had bowled slightly better we could have put more pressure on them.

All of the periods, when 100-110 is crossed by Rohit, he scores large and that is usually great. "When you are making runs you should ensure you make as many as you can". He is one of the players in the team who can play all the shots, exploit the field well, and hits effortlessly. When asked if the duo could have accelerated earlier than they did, he replied,"That's a hard one. We managed to get into a very nice rhythm", Bailey told.

"As far as newcomers are concerned, we will definitely feature them in the tournament because we want to see where they stand." said Dhoni.

Dhoni also spoke about being tired of losing wickets in the death overs. We saw that it was easier for set batsman to hit. We could have pushed for those extra 15-20 runs but there was a chance we couldn't have reached 300 also.

"It could have (changed the outcome of the game)", Dhoni said of the Bailey incident. "He does bowl a little in the domestic circuit." the skipper was cautious. Australia may also take a look at the places of their two debutant bowlers, Joel Paris and Scott Boland, both of whom endured tough, wicketless introductions to global cricket in Perth.

"Ishant had a finger injury but he was available for selection".

India captain MS Dhoni believes his team is not winning its share of 50:50 umpiring calls.

Hot Spot replays showed a faint brush of Bailey's gloves, while snicko registered a noise as the ball passed the gloves. "It happens, you appeal sometimes, it goes in your favour, and sometimes it doesn't". "But at the same time, we need to push the umpires to take the right decision". What do you do when your most trusted weapons let you down? "Then [in that case] you have to take it, but I'm still not convinced about DRS".

Dhoni explained his personal opposition to the technology.

Dhoni also asked another reporter: "Are you indirectly saying that we don't get decisions in our favour because we don't use DRS?" before giving his thoughts on the Bailey non-dismissal. If you see the deviations in DRS, there are quite a few deviations. In cricket every inch, every millimetre, matters.

But given the Board and Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) remain opposed to DRS as it stands, the system is not in place for this series and the tourists were unable to review the decision. If it's given out, the ball needs to touch the stumps [and] if it's not out then half the ball needs to hit the stump and all of that.

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