Chennai: Australia captain Michael Clarke refused to give an excuse for the defeat in the first Test and said they were completely "outplayed" by India, who used the conditions to their advantage.
Australia crashed to an eight-wicket defeat in the opening Test of the four-match series and Clarke was of the view that Dhoni's double ton was game changer for India.
"Full credit to India. They played outstanding cricket, especially Dhoni. The way he played that changed the game completely," he said on Tuesday.
"The pitch was good. It looked a lot worse than it played. In the second innings, it played tougher, but that's what you expect in the sub-continent. No excuses, we got outplayed," the Australian skipper insisted.
He praised Moises Henriques, who scored back-to-back half centuries on debut.
"Moises' debut is a positive. He was outstanding on debut. But we have got to turn things around. Work hard in the nets and get ready for the next Test match," Clarke said.