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Who to blame for Auckland loss?

Monday, 10 February 2014 - 7:48pm IST | Agency: DNA

India lost the Auckland test by 40 runs, chasing a huge fourth innings total of 407. It was a commendable effort; a match that we should have won after being 180 for 2 during the lunch hour, on day four, as Dhawan and Virat were playing superbly.

Many would blame two decisions that went against the visitors, but frankly speaking, there is no excuse for losing. It is only an escape route for the cowards, brave find the reason for the debacle so that it can be identified and not repeated in future.

Will those putting the blame on the two umpiring decisions (Rahane and Dhoni's wicket) not hold Kohli responsible for his reckless shot to a ball that could easily be left alone? Will those searching reasons at the wrong places not blame Jadeja for behaving like a possessed soul? Will those finding 'right' reasons for the loss not try to find who whispered in Jadeja's ear that it was not the penultimate day of the match but the last day?

It is time to introspect and find faults within and not hold onto something which one has no control over i.e. umpiring decisions. It is time we agree to the use of technology (DRS) to rectify wrong decisions which have the power to convert win into loss and vice versa.

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