MS Dhoni is too smart a skipper to slip twice. The Super Over, however, is fast becoming the mystery he's struggling to decode. He’s now fumbled twice in just about six months. He got it wrong when Muttiah Muralitharan failed to stop the Kings XI from romping home in IPL III; and now his move to get R Ashwin to bowl it backfired.
“R Ashwin normally bowls for us when the field restrictions are on, and he has lot of variety too. So we thought he could do the job,” said Dhoni, explaining why he chose Ashwin ahead of left-arm pacer Doug Bollinger and experienced offie Muttiah Muralitharan.
That, however, turned out to be wishful thinking as Victoria Bushrangers skipper David Hussey carted the offspinner for three big sixes to plunder 23 runs.
“I was hoping that Doug Bollinger would bowl the Super Over. But having said that, I could see why Dhoni opted for Ashiwn. He's a high class bowler who can bowl leg spin, arm ball and a big turning off spin,” said Hussey.
Interestingly, the Bushrangers skipper was actually reluctant to come out to bat in the Super Over, but his coaches pushed him in. “The coaching staff told me to go out as they thought I play spin well,” said Hussey.
We won't learn what would have happened if Dhoni had used Bollinger instead of Ashwin. But if history is something to go by, it tells us that quicks have produced results instead of spinners in the one-over show. So, perhaps a glance at the record books could have helped.