After almost regularly struggling with the batting Powerplays that revealed a very vulnerable side to Dhoni's boys during the World Cup, India seemed to have sorted it out during their otherwise disastrous tour of England. But then the rule has now been changed.
Powerplays will now have to be taken between the 16th and the 40th overs, which would leave another 10 overs to tackle. "Even if you take the batting Powerplay late you will still have 10 overs to bat. Previously, while chasing, teams used to keep it till the end and even if there were 50 runs to get in the last five overs, there was a good chance you could get them," Dhoni said.
This will force teams to rethink their batting order or go for middle-order batsmen who can go over the top rather than consolidate so as to make the most of the 10 overs with fielding restrictions. "Obviously, now there will be a change in tactics and hopefully with time, teams will be able to figure out a way to make the most of it."
England too had struggled trying to capitalise on Powerplays. Skipper Alastair Cook felt this new rule might even work out in their favour.
"It's certainly one of the areas we haven't played very well. We know if we can improve that, we can improve our results. Top sides used to keep it till the end and hit everything out of the park. That will certainly change and we will try to take advantage of that," Cook said.
"The Powerplay rules will certainly change the dynamics of the game," he said. "You will certainly see spin from the 11th over and then probably a lot of spin in the death," he added.
But if there is dew, skippers will have to use up spinners much earlier. "This could be where the experience of bowling in T20s could come in handy for spinners," felt Dhoni.