Mahendra Dhoni tells India not to panic over England defeat

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Dhoni refuses to play 'blame game'

India captain Mahendra Dhoni has told his players not to panic, despite being 3-0 down in the Test series and losing their number one status to their hosts.

Dhoni leads his side into the fourth Test at The Oval on Thursday looking to avoid a 4-0 whitewash.

But the wicketkeeper-batsman said: "The past two years have been great. What's important is not to panic.

"Some sides push the panic button too soon, but we will look ahead to the bright future we have."

It has been a disastrous tour for India so far, with England outplaying them in every department.

Andrew Strauss's side wrapped up the series, and guaranteed top-spot in the ICC world rankings, with an innings and 242 run victory at Edgbaston.

But, while acknowledging the need for a great deal of hard work, Dhoni sees many reasons to remain positive.

"We've not been sleeping so this is not a wake-up call," he added. "It's not about how easy or hard it is.

"Whether you win or lose, you need to stick to the basics and keep things simple, whatever the result.

"We will stick to our game-plan and hopefully it'll reflect in our performance.

"This is a sport, we go through tough times. It's challenges that make life interesting."