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ICC World Twenty20: Our aim will be to do well in death bowling, says Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was non-committal on sending Ajinkya Rahane up the order (File) Mahendra Singh Dhoni was non-committal on sending Ajinkya Rahane up the order (File)
Press Trust of India | Mirpur | Posted: March 20, 2014 6:07 pm

Underlining his bowling concerns, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said they need to bowl well at the death and hoped that batsmen would give the bowlers more than the par score on board.

India will begin their ICC World T20 campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Mirpur on Friday.

“Bowling is an area of concern compared to batting. Getting off to a good start is important as it will help us get 10 to 15 runs more than the par-score. Our aim will be to do well in death bowling and also bat well and we will have a good chance (in the tournament),” Dhoni said on the eve of the opening group league match.

He said the likes Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar have not played a lot of T20 Internationals but the IPL experience will
certainly come in handy for them.

“Agreed they haven’t played a lot of T20 International cricket but the experience in IPL will help them a lot. We
would want the bowlers to get one or two wickets with the new ball, their job will be much easier,” Dhoni said.

While he was happy about Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina’s performance, he was non-committal on sending Ajinkya Rahane up the order.

“Overall, we have achieved a lot during the two practice games. The idea was to give the guys some fair time in the middle. Yuvi and Raina contributed in bowling.”

About Rahane opening, he said, “That’s under consideration. You will have to wait and watch.”

The skipper agreed that presence of a few genuine all-rounders in the Pakistan team would help the rivals.

“Playing proper all-rounders always adds to the strength of a side. If you have players who are equally capable with bat and ball, one can play more than five bowlers and still have the same batting strength,” the Indian captain opined.

Among the rival bowlers, pacer Umar Gul and wily spinner Saeed Ajmal came in for special praise from the Indian
captain.

“Umar Gul is a fantastic bowler. I remember during the 2007 ICC World T20, he would be introduced in the 11th or 12th over and bowl till the end. Having said that, they have other fast bowlers also, who are equally dangerous.”

Dhoni conceded that it is difficult to score freely against mystery spinner Saeed Ajmal.

“Ajmal is a bowler against whom you can never score freely. It’s also the manner how they have used him (Ajmal) to stop batsmen from scoring runs in the slog overs. They gave him an over in the first six (Powerplay) and then couple of overs in the middle. If you see on an average, all countries have had difficulties in facing Ajmal,” Dhoni explained.

Having been clubbed with Pakistan, West Indies and Australia in the group makes an even tougher challenge and the skipper wants to win each and every game in order to ensure a smooth passage to the last four.

“We have to do well in each and every match. If you look at the last World T20 in Sri Lanka, we lost one match (vs Australia) and continued…

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