x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

India captain not thinking of revenge on England's return tour

MS Dhoni says the revenge word will only increase the pressure on his side and he would be better off without that after a wretched series.

MS Dhoni has said India will be ill-advised to head into the one-day series with England in India next month with revenge in their minds.

Dhoni's side completed a wretched tour with defeat to England in the final ODI match on Friday, increasing their miserable record to eight defeats in nine completed matches. India lost 3-0 in Tests, 4-0 in the ODIs and also lost in the solitary Twenty20 encounter.

India are formidable in home conditions but the captain, named India's man of the series, believes thoughts of avenging this summer's frustrating experiences will be counter-productive when they face Alastair Cook's revamped side in five ODIs and two Twenty20 matches in India.

"You shouldn't have a revenge-like feeling," he said. "Once you have that on your mind, you get desperate to perform and you start putting pressure on the whole side. So rather than looking at the opposition in that way, what is important is to stick to the basics."

Dhoni is also reticent to seek excuses for a tour in which India ceded their world No 1 status to England, and were also overtaken by their hosts in the ODI table.

"I always believe it's not about sulking about what you could have done - it's actually about what went wrong," he said.

"Every side, every individual makes a mistake. But as long as you are learning from your mistake that's good enough."

That said, Dhoni did not have to ponder too long before citing mitigation for India's troubles.

"We lost all five [ODI] tosses and had to bowl every time in the same wet conditions, where it was tough for our spinners to put pressure on the batsmen," he said. "There have been so many injuries - I haven't seen so many in the last five years, especially in a series.

"In a span of one series losing nine players is something I can't really forget."