Originally Posted by Precambrian
But it fetched India 8 Aussie wickets on a flat pitch for just 180 odd runs, and India won the match.
No tactic is defensive if it contributes to a team's victory.
You surely mean 'no tactic is negative
if it contributes to a team's victory'. Because no matter which way you slice it, Dhoni's tactics were extremely defensive but as they were in pursuit of a win, they weren't negative (even if I hated watching them, personally).