MS Dhoni will hope that his batsmen put up a better show in the next match  Getty Images
MS Dhoni will hope that his batsmen put up a better show in the next match © Getty Images

MS Dhoni led India to a win against arch-rivals Pakistan, yet had a lot to complain. It was not about his batsmen, bowlers or fielders, but the pitch. He felt that the Mirpur pitch was not conducive for T20s and was not at all an ideal practice ahead of the ICC World T20 2016. In his eyes, a low-scoring T20 should be a score of around 130-140 but not as low as 83, which India struggled to chase down in the initial stages against Pakistan. While Dhoni was well within his rights to express his opinion, he did not seem to have any trouble when his side were hammering the Aussies Down Under and putting huge scores on the board.  Full cricket scorecard: India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2016, Match 4 at Dhaka

When things got a little tough in Pune, Dhoni termed the wicket as an “English wicket” because of the greenness on the pitch. When things get a little difficult, Dhoni is always the first one to blame the pitch. He and his side get uncomfortable when the conditions are not in their favour. Isn’t adapting to conditions mark of a good player/batsman/team? It was good to see Rohit Sharma playing a pivotal role against Bangladesh, which he did not do in the match against Sri Lanka at Pune. At least he did learn from his mistakes. READ: MS Dhoni: Asia Cup T20 2016 pitches have not been ideal for practice ahead of ICC World T20

We have been hearing for a while — more so from the Indian contingent — that Asia Cup is more of a practice for upcoming ICC World T20 2016 event. Pitch at Mirpur may be different from most pitches in India (Venue for World T20), but it is a good workout for the team nevertheless. A good performance in alien conditions will only help the team perform better, when they play in familiar conditions. In a way, it is an ideal scenario as far as India are concerned.

More importantly, neither India nor Dhoni did pay heed to criticisms when other countries toured India for a bilateral series, Were the pitches made to assist English or Australian bowlers when they toured India? Would India have won the Test series 4-0 against Australia in 2013 had they made fast and bouncy wickets? No! India’s strength at home have been their ever performing spinners and it is ridiculous to expect similar conditions in a different country, especially during a multi-nation tournament like the Asia Cup. READ: India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2016: MS Dhoni unimpressed with umpires wearing earpieces

India won the Champions Trophy 2013 in England — a country where they have struggled in recent times. They remained unbeaten in the tournament and were deserved winners. The English wickets  turned Indian for the course of the tournament, perhaps!

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)