CENTURION - India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has blamed his team's fragile batting for the one-day series defeat in South Africa.
India, set 268 to win in 46 overs, lost the final one-day match by 33 runs after crashing to 119 for eight at Centurion on Sunday, losing the series 3-2 after being 2-1 ahead.
"The batting department has not been good in these one-day internationals and that was the main reason we lost the series," Dhoni told reporters. "We should have got 268 today. "Batting has been a difficult task in this series, you want to take the opposition on, but then you can lose wickets. We weren't really able to see a prolonged slog because of the wickets that had been lost. Dhoni said some of his batsmen had not had enough quality practice sessions.
"But they are experienced players and, playing 30-35 ODIs a year, they are used to handling up-and-down form. So I'm hopeful it won't be the same at the World Cup."
Yusuf Pathan blazed 105 off 70 balls for India and Dhoni said he was confident India would be able to chase down any total at the World Cup. "One of the biggest positives is that we showed that we can chase anything in the last 10 overs if we have wickets in hand and guys like Yusuf down the order," he said. South Africa captain Graeme Smith said they would take confidence into the tournament.