Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fighting fit? Dhoni, coach disagree over T20 exit

The discord in the Indian camp over the reasons for the shocking exit from Twenty20 World Cup continued with Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni insisting that fatigue was not a factor for the debacle.

While coach Gary Kirsten had blamed an overdose of cricket and Indian Premier League (IPL) as the cause for the World Cup fiasco, Dhoni continued to differ with his coach on IPL issue though he admitted some of his players were not 100 per cent fit.Kirsten had on Tuesday asserted that too much of cricket by his team and the timing of IPL were the main reasons behind India's failure to defend their title.

"We were not as energetic as we were in New Zealand. We were relatively tired when we arrived here. We have been on the road since end of January.

A lot of our cricketers alsocarried niggles in this tournament. We picked up niggles in the IPL and lost contact with them," Kirsten had said.

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