India played too many youngsters: Ponting

Aussie captain says India are playing too many youngsters in their team

updated: March 04, 2008 09:57 IST
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Australian skipper Ricky Ponting felt the Indian side lacked experience as the hosts secured a 50-run victory in the tri-series one-dayer on Sunday.

"I guess a good balance of youth and experience is always welcome," Ponting said at the post-match press conference.

"In our teams, we try to have experience in important positions. This India hasn't got. They have a lot of talented youngsters but they are in a rebuilding phase as they would be in Tests soon."

It did not stop the home captain from appealing to his batsmen to deliver the goods which they have not done in the series so far.

"We have not been playing anywhere near our best. It's about the time batters did so. We have been winning and getting bonus points and if our batters hit the straps, we would be very difficult to beat."

Ponting did not forget to mention his own form slump in the series so far.

"Let's say I have played better," he said. "We have not been playing anywhere near our best. It's unusual for our team. Two or three of our guys are in a slump."

"I am in a bit of a rough but runs would soon start to come."

Ponting was very surprised that bowlers were calling the shots in the series so far.

"It's unusual in one-day cricket. Bowlers are dominating. Bowlers have been too good for batsmen."

Ponting went on to laud his bowlers who defended a small total in the evening.

"India went with a batsman light today. They had a long tail and we knew if we took early wickets, we had a chance.

"Still, the game was in the balance till Dhoni got run out. It was a good bit of fielding by Matty (Matthew Hayden)."