Perth: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday told MiD DAY that he was well aware of his team's slow over-rate in the Perth Test and even tried to rectify it but couldn't. Dhoni was handed a one-Test ban for India's slow over-rate and will have to sit out the fourth Test in Adelaide.
"We were behind in the over rate by just about eight minutes -- which is two and a half overs. I realised this and tried to make up for it by bringing on Virender Sehwag (off-spin) to bowl (71st over).
However, Sehwag getting the wicket of Ben Hilfenhaus changed things. The ninth wicket was that of Ryan Harris (in 73rd over) and Hilfenhaus fell exactly three overs later (76th over). Had Hilfenhaus played for another three overs, we would have been inside the over-rate," Dhoni explained.