‘Openers should have scored more runs, taken off pressure’

Dhoni said there will always be pressure on the bowlers because they are always going to have a batting heavy side.

Hamilton | Updated: January 23, 2014 11:59 am

MS Dhoni said India will have to tweak a few things to get back to winning ways, on a day when they were dethroned as the number one ODI team after a 15-run loss to New Zealand, their second in as many matches. Speaking to reporters before the third one-dayer in Auckland, the skipper said that though the bowlers were doing better, the batsmen were wasting starts. The latter would have to take on more responsibility and there was still scope for all-round improvement.

On change

We will have to change a few things and see how we are going to play our cricket. That will be crucial. There have been a few things that have not gone our way but it is very important that if you get a chance, you win the game.

On morale

As far as the morale is concerned, it is a fantastic lively dressing room. What we always emphasise on is cricket is not something that should have a lot of effect on the dressing room atmosphere. We have been able to keep a good atmosphere, whether winning or losing.

On converting starts

We got off to a good start in terms of not losing wickets. Once we got off to a start, the openers should have carried on for a bit longer so that they could have scored a few more runs and taken a bit of pressure off from the middle order. We are not able to convert those starts into 50s or 75s or big partnerships. I feel it is very crucial that once you get off to a good start it is important you make a big partnership.

On the bowlers

There will always be pressure on the bowlers because you are always going to have a batting heavy side and the new ODI rule changes it has really affected us. But our death bowling has improved a lot. What you are seeing close to 300 runs, you may see it as slightly expensive, but if we do not bowl as well, it may go in excess of 340. We have seen improvement but there is still scope for improvement.

On rain breaks

Whenever it is a rain-obstructed game, if the number of overs gets reduced, the second team has a benefit if it becomes a 20-over game because you know your target and you have ten wickets. But anything from close to 10 or 15 overs getting deducted, then you have a bit of a disadvantage because you have to start off really well and carry on the momentum throughout those 35 overs.

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