India had lost their first World Cup match to South Africa by five wickets in Nagpur. MS Dhoni slammed his batsmen who had made it happen when he expressed during the captains press conference. India lost nine wickets for 29 runs to be bowled out for 296 as they were on the way for 350 plus. Dhoni said, "The batsmen should not play for spectators who love sixes and fours in India, but at the end of innings, we did not make 300".
Dhoni also said, "The team should always think about a par score on the board when they are playing an ODI, Indian side were not able to do that in Nagpur, we lost four wickets for 30 in the batting Power-play. When you have 270 – 280 on board, you go out there and what you want to do is play big shots. Different people have different roles and responsibilities. You need to bat 50-over at least especially if you have lost two – three wickets in first 35 over".
The first two partnerships added 267 to score and it looked like to end the innings with 350 or 360. Dhoni also said the Indians had struggled to defend their total of 296 because of the size of the VCA stadium affecting the Indians, and the differing standards of fielding between the sides. "I think with one of the biggest grounds in India here, we were experienced by South Africa's fast running between the wickets. Most of the fielders got beleaguered and it won't be the case in some of the grounds which are not very big enough".
Dhoni said, "He had called for batting Power-play in order to carry momentum of fast scoring as did in first 25 overs, we also slog over after that so we can make 100 runs in last ten overs. The result was very disappointing for us. It is a big learning curve for us".