Home > News >

India vs Pakistan 2012-13: Difficult to win ODIs with part-timers, says MS Dhoni

India vs Pakistan 2012-12: Difficult to win ODIs with part-timers, says MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni said under the new rules the batsmen would stand a chance to score big runs if they are set © Getty Images (File pic)

By Tapan Mohanta
 
Kolkata: Jan 3, 2013
 
India captain MS Dhoni on Wednesday said that his side was finding it increasingly difficult to win matches with part-timers and would now need a genuine all-rounder keeping in mind the recent changes in ODI rules.
 
He said the new ODI rules which stipulate five players to remain inside the circle for full 50 overs have created problems for a side like India who used to rely on part-timers.
 
“We are used to play with part-timers. Now it’s difficult for part-timers to bowl with five players inside the circle.
 
If there’s dew, then you don’t get turns as well. It becomes more difficult,” Dhoni said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the second ODI against Pakistan.
 
“With the new rules, you’ve to assess whether six batsmen are enough or seven. It’s very difficult to play with the part-timers and expect them to bowl 10 overs,” he said.
 
“What we’re looking at is somebody who can fill in the gap — a genuine all-rounder to bring in the balance in the side. Lower order contribution is also very important especially when you’re chasing.”
 
Dhoni, however, said under the new rules the batsmen would stand a chance to score big runs if they are set.
 
“Once five fielders are inside, there’s tendency to look for big shots which will often fetch wickets. So it’s important to treat the deliveries as it comes on their merit without looking for a very big score,” he said.
 
“Earlier it was important to get as many runs possible in the three Power Plays. But with the new rules, you’ve five players inside throughout, which means if you’re set then there are very good chances to get good runs. It’s about being in good form and playing as many overs as possible.
 
“In the last game, we saw if you’ve wickets in hand and if your main batsmen are still there, then you can get a lot of runs. You’ll have to keep wickets in hand and treat every ball as it comes without thinking too much ahead.”
 
Dhoni said the team was going through a transition phase after the World Cup and with exposure, its performance would keep on improving.
 
“We’re going through a transition period whether it’s Test or ODIs. Even in ODIs, most of our main bowlers are injured which means we are lacking a bit of experience. They are fresh bowlers, the more they play, the better they get. I am not really worried too much about it. They just need proper exposure,” he said.
 
He, however, conceded that his side was under pressure in the three-match ODI series against Pakistan having lost the first match in Chennai.
 
“It’s an important game for us. We are a bit under pressure because it’s a must-win situation. It’s a short series, you can’t really let the opponents go too fast,” Dhoni said.
 
Pakistani pacers had ripped apart the Indian top order in the six-wicket loss in the first ODI but Dhoni defended his batsmen, saying that they should not be judged on the basis of a one-off performance.
 
“We have batted well in shorter versions. It was one off game in the last ODI. It would be wrong to judge our batsmen on that basis. We have seen if the top batsmen have failed others have taken up the responsibility well and the bowlers have defended as well.
 
“Of course batting has been a bit of a problem. That’s one area where we should have been really good. But it happens in cricket. It’s the right time for all the batsmen to come back among runs,” he said.
 
Dhoni also brushed aside the criticism on his leadership by former players after the team’s string of poor performances recently under him and said he would rather focus in the game instead of responding to them.
 
“It’s their views. You’ve to respect their views. My job is to play cricket and help the youngsters. Everybody knows what’s the problem. we are more worried about how to do well as a team,” he said.
 
The Indian captain lauded the early 12 noon start to the day-night one-dayer and said the move would reduce the impact of the dew factor.
 
“It’s good to start early. Because of the dew factor, we have seen 70-75 per cent times, the team batting second wins, unless you got off to a really bad start. Now, the toss would not become vital and the wicket will remains quite the same in both the innings.
 
“But at the end of the day, you’ve to play good cricket to win the game. You can’t rely too much on toss,” he said.
 
Asked to compare his 99 in fourth Test against England and 113 in the first ODI against Pakistan in Chennai, Dhoni said, “As far as the two knocks are concerned, both innings and formats were different. But I take a lot of positive out of it. It’s a fresh start again. I will have to stick to the basics.”
 
About India’s all-loss record at the Eden, Dhoni said, “We will just look to improve. We can’t really go worse than that. We can only go up.”

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 17, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 21, 2014 (08:50 IST)   at Melbourne

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 21, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Chittagong

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Dambulla

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Dambulla

More

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 20, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled(Match rescheduled to 21/11/2014)

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 19, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 19, 2014  at Canberra

Australia won by 73 runs

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 16, 2014  at Ranchi

India won by 3 wkts

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 16, 2014  at Perth

South Africa won by 3 wkts

Photos

Australia vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Canberra

Videos

SL vs Eng: Buttler practices wicketkeeping in nets

Virat Kohli’s challenge in Australia is like Sachin Tendulkar’s task Down Under in 1999-2000

Did N Srinivasan browbeat Mudgal panel?

South Africa’s struggles while chasing

Australia vs South Africa 2014: Aaron Finch could be key batsman for Australia

Keith Pont bicycles across cricket ground while fielding

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 BCCI India New Zealand New Zealand tour of UAE 2014 New Zealand vs Pakistan New Zealand vs Pakistan 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs New Zealand Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014

India tour of Australia 2014: KL Rahul confident of doing well

IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal: BCCI affidavit suggests that they took action against ‘Individual 3′

Virat Kohli confirms relationship with Anushka Sharma

Sri Lanka vs England 2014: Alastair Cook eyeing series victory

Sri Lanka vs England 2014: Moeen Ali to open batting with Alastair Cook in tour game against Sri Lanka A

Sarfraz Ahmed — Pakistan’s saviour at No. 7

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd Test at Dubai: Will Brendon McCullum take the gamble?

Virat Kohli’s challenge in Australia is like Sachin Tendulkar’s task Down Under in 1999-2000

Did N Srinivasan browbeat Mudgal panel?

South Africa’s struggles while chasing

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

WhatsApp releases a new user-friendly feature for group messages

LOL! This treadmill #fail video is hilarious. Don’t miss the woman wearing heels!

Virat Kohli confirms relationship with Anushka Sharma

Kerala Blasters FC vs Atletico de Kolkata, Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2014, 37th Match Preview: Atletico look to reclaim top spot

IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal: BCCI affidavit suggests that they took action against ‘Individual 3′

Happy Ending movie review: Saif Ali Khan and Ileana D’cruz’s quirky romedy will NOT disappoint you

Ladies, experience pain when you pee? Here are 6 reasons why

Xiaomi Redmi Note launch in India imminent

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here