ICC World T20 2012: MS Dhoni says India were not up to the mark against Afghanistan

The Indian captain accepted that Afghanistan batsmen did put them under pressure AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Sep 20, 2012

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Wednesday his side was not up to the mark against minnows Afghanistan, who made the former world champions work hard for their 23-run win in the ICC World T20 Group A match.

The skipper said India needs lot of improvement with bigger challenges ahead.

“It was a good performance but not a brilliant performance. I don t think we were really up to the mark,” he said.

“Of course it is good to win this game, but as the tournament progresses, we will have to improve in a lot of areas, otherwise there will be a lot of pressure on the batsmen to score almost 20 runs more than the par score and in some games you might end up getting 10-15 runs less than what is a par score on that wicket,” Dhoni was quoted as saying by BCCI s official portal.

Dhoni said the presence of Yuvraj Singh brings balance to the Indian side.

“He does bring balance to the team. We are playing with one bowler short so it is important that the part-timers do well together,” he said

“But if a couple of your bowlers are not doing well and you are playing with four specialist bowlers, then the team is facing a big problem. That is one area where we have to improve.”

“People talk a lot about playing with five bowlers but I think it is important that on a particular day the bowler, whether he is a part-timer or a specialist bowler, he has to bowl well,” he said.

The Indian captain accepted that Afghanistan batsmen did put them in some pressure in their clash.

“Yes there were a few nervous moments because as I said, the game of cricket is a great leveler. You cannot take any side lightly and I think today was a great example of that. You have to be at your best regardless of which side you are playing,” Dhoni expressed.

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