MS Dhoni credits bowling attack for series victory against Australia
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday credited his bowling arsenal for the 3-0 Twenty20 series whitewash over Australia, saying that they delivered the extra 10 per cent that was missing in the preceding ODI series.Ind vs Aus 2016 Updated: Jan 31, 2016 21:14 IST
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday credited his bowling arsenal for the 3-0 Twenty20 series whitewash over Australia, saying that they delivered the extra 10 per cent that was missing in the preceding ODI series.
He was full of praise for the contributions of young Jasprit Bumrah and experienced Ashish Nehra.
“A lot of credit to the bowlers. In the ODI series the batsmen were doing well, but we needed the extra 10 per cent from the bowlers. That has changed with (Jasprit) Bumrah coming in, Nehra’s experience and others getting their act together,” Dhoni said at the post match presentation.
“The batsmen have taken it up a notch, but it is the bowlers who have done their job better, which has made the difference.”
Dhoni also indicated that India will retain more or less the same squad for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 to be held at home.
“There might be one or two changes based on the conditions in the World T20, but this is roughly what our T20 side will look like,” he said.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni seemed to be satisfied with Yuvraj Singh’s cameo and expects that the veteran left-hander would only get better as he plays more and more matches in the lead upto the ICC World T20 starting in just over a month’s time.
The skipper also termed the team combination as the right mix of players going into marquee event.
“I think we have the right mix. Also, Yuvraj can just go and express himself batting at No 5. There will be less pressure on him and as he plays more and more games he will just open up more. I have never believed in a set batting order and according to situations and bowlers, we might need to create a gap in between the two left-handed batsmen (Yuvraj and Suresh Raina). At the moment,this seems like what will be a very good batting line-up,” the skipper exuded confidence in the batting line-up.
Shane Watson’s unbeaten hundred could not prevent Australia falling to a seven-wicket defeat to India in the third and final Twenty20 match on Sunday as Suresh Raina hit a four on the last ball to complete a 3-0 clean sweep in the series.
Dhoni’s deputy and player-of-the-series Virat Kohli said despite the 1-4 series loss in the ODIs he was happy with the way India wrapped up their tour of Australia.
“Indeed, reads sweet. We decided before Sydney one-dayer that we want to finish the tour 4-all. Just because we played so well earlier but didn’t get on the board,” he said
Kohli said he was disappointed not to finish off the game but lauded comeback men Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh for keeping a cool head till the end.
“I was disappointed when I got out because I wanted to finish the game off. I challenge myself to finish them off when I chase,” he said.
“The way Yuvi (Yuvraj) and (Suresh) Raina, both of them coming back, finished it off, credit to their character.
He also credited Rohit Sharma for his terrific batting in the series.
“I have said this many times that I am a big fan of Rohit. The time he has got, and the miles he can hit the ball,” Kohli said.
First Published: Jan 31, 2016 21:04 IST