Mahendra Singh Dhoni says it is unfair to axe a player on basis of one or two performances

Dhoni defended his decision to entrust struggling pacer Ishant Sharma to bowl the 48th over, which yielded 30 runs to hand the third ODI to Australia from a winning position.

updated: October 20, 2013 16:48 IST
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Mohali: Despite some dismal performances by a few players, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday came out strongly in their support, saying that frequent changes might hamper the team in the long run.

"It will be unfair that all of a sudden when you lose one or two matches and you want playing eleven bowler to be removed and thrown out of the team by saying he is not good," said Dhoni at the post-match press conference here on Saturday.

"It's very important to persist with them, to give them experience because they are the part of the side. They are the most talented people and let's back them," he added.

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