VB Chandrashekar and Nayan Mongia have leapt to the defence of captain MS Dhoni after India's early ICC World Twenty20 exit.
The defending champions were dumped out of the tournament after losing to England by three runs at Lord's on Sunday, their second defeat in the Super Eights.
In the aftermath of the exit, Dhoni's on-field tactics have come in for severe criticism, as has the decision to raise Ravi Jadeja in the batting order in Sunday's game.
But former national selector VB Chandrashekar, who has worked closely with Dhoni at the Chennai Super Kings, the Indian Premier League franchise of which he is now director of cricket operations, felt it unfair to single Dhoni out.
"I think that's too critical an assessment," he said.
"The kind of performance Dhoni has churned out as a captain, it's been far better than any other captain. It's been extraordinary in such a short span of time.
"He did extraordinarily well to win the World Cup the first time around."
He added: "Our campaign struggled because a lot of batsmen such as Gautam Gambhir were out of form and the captain himself was going through a bad time. We were over dependent on Yuvraj Singh.
"Considering our form, this (the exit) was pretty much on the cards.
"I think we got our strategies wrong, I think we needed people with special skill sets. Perhaps even someone like (Sachin) Tendulkar could have been forced to play because I think the Indian batsmen looked a great deal short of technical efficiency and the ability to cope with the conditions there.
"We had the chance to experiment with the line-up in the game against Ireland. But we didn't.
"It's difficult to expect players to come off the bench and perform in crunch matches.
"Our bowling too was definitely a problem and once you get the combination wrong, it's always going to be an issue."
Former wicketkeeper batsman Nayan Mongia also believed Dhoni alone could not be blamed.
"I think we were pretty poor tactically in this tournament and that gave the other teams an opportunity," he said.
"Dhoni's captaincy alone cannot be blamed for this defeat. I think he has done very well as a captain and he cannot be shunted out just because of one bad series or one bad match.
"I'm sure he would learn from this and not make the same mistakes again in the future."