England's strategy is not working: MS Dhoni

Tim Bresnan (L) and Virat Kohli exchanged few words during the second ODI at New Delhi Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mohali: Oct 21, 2011

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has questioned the strategy used by the England players during the ongoing One-Day International series, which the hosts won 3-0.

Dhoni opined that England s players have been bickering with each other, and have been excessively involved in sledging with their Indian counterparts a strategy which has been approved by their captain Alastair Cook.

“It is very important to be nice to your team-mates. There were lots of gestures around in the field, and these are the things that really shape the character of the side. They are very good but they need to stick together,” Dhoni said.

“I think their strategy is not working right now. It is not only about “giving it” to the opposition you have to be fair. You don t always want a friendly series as long as things don t get too personal. I wouldn t want my players saying things that are not within the guidelines,” he was quoted by the Daily Mail.

“If our players are saying something to the opposition – which happens at times – I don’t want them to get really personal or say things that are not within the guidelines. A bit of chit-chat is fine, because that makes the game interesting.

England bowlers Tim Bresnan and Samit Patel had laid emphasis on the importance of sledging, as it unsettles the opponents along with “a little bit of a word or a look or a stare.”

There were a few altercations on the field in the first and the second ODIs of the series, played at Hyderabad and New Delhi, which India won by huge margins.

Meanwhile, England pacer Tim Bresnan was fined 7.5 percent of his match fee for showing dissent during the third ODI at Mohali, which England lost by five wickets.