Dhoni not resigning

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Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not resign, despite slipping to heavy defeat on the third day of the fifth and final Test match against England at The Oval.

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not resign, despite slipping to heavy defeat on the third day of the fifth and final Test match against England at The Oval.

The Indians succumbed to a second consecutive loss inside three days, as the hosts clinched the five-match series three-one in London on Sunday. The result cast considerable doubt of Dhoni's future as skipper, ahead of October and November's three Tests against the West Indies.

"I was asked the same question in 2011. Wait and watch, I am strong enough. And if I am not, you will get to know. The lowest point was 2011 because we had the resources then and yet we had failed," said Dhoni.

The tour of the United Kingdom was marred by collective inconsistency among the batting order. Opener Murali Vijay averaged a respectable 40.20, but not one of the talented Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and Shikhar Dhawan managed better than 22.20.

The right-handed Virat Kohil, meanwhile, was abject throughout. He scored just 134 runs in 10 innings. The recall of the veteran Gautam Gambhir brought a mere 25 in four.

"The top order felt the pressure of not scoring, that's what you have to do in Test cricket, absorb pressure. A bit more application from the batsmen and it would have been better," added Dhoni.

"Right from the start, our batsmen never really performed, the lower order helped out. That camouflaged the performance of the top order, just scoring 150 to 160 runs will not be enough to defend against the home team."

The English and Indians will meet for five ODIs – in Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham, Birmingham and Leeds – between 25 August and 5 September. A one-off Twenty20 International at Edgbaston will follow.

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