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ICC World T20 2014: MS Dhoni says it was important for him to bat up the order

MS Dhoni (batting in picture)
MS Dhoni (batting in picture) sealed India’s win with a six off Ziaur Rehman’s bowling © Getty Images

Mirpur: Mar 28, 2014

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said it was important for him to bat up the order as he was not getting any opportunity to spend time in the middle since the top-order was performing consistently well for them.

India defeated both Pakistan and West Indies by seven wickets in their first two matches of the ongoing ICC World T20 2014 with Dhoni not getting to bat.

The captain, who missed the Asia Cup 2014 in Bangladesh held before this biennial event, batted ahead of Yuvraj Singh at number four in the modest run-chase against Bangladesh.

“We have good players and the next few games are going to be extremely tough. I hadn’t batted in a while and asked Yuvi [Yuvraj] if he was ok. Now everyone in the top five have had a bat. Dhoni sealed India’s win with a six off Ziaur Rehman.

India thrashed the hosts by eight wickets to become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 2014.

“No celebrations at the moment. We were slightly unlucky in Sri Lanka [in 2012], we lost only one game and didn’t qualify for the next round,” said Dhoni.

When asked about not being tested in the tournament so far, Dhoni replied,”We can’t ask Virat Kohli to hit wicket and comeback [to make games interesting]. We can’t do much about that [lack of challenge].”

Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim said their batsmen failed to compile big scores and threw away their wickets.

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