Dhoni concerned over bowling
RAJKOT1, Jan 12: Indian skipper MS Dhoni said that if he could have batted for another two overs the result would have been different but he also agreed that more than the batting it is the bowling which was a cause of concern.
"I knew it was going to be about the bowlers. We gave too many runs in the last few overs," he said and added that he was happy with the start India got today. "We got off to a very good start and almost every batsmen got runs. I was also happy with the way we batted. It was important to keep wickets in hand because we knew the last 10 overs would be crucial in the sense that with five fielders inside, you can really put pressure on the bowlers. But that didn't happen. I still think that if I had batted two more overs, the game would have changed," said the skipper, who said that though more than 600 runs were scored it was actually 280-290 wicket and not a 325 one.
"It was undoubtedly a flat track as most Rajkot wickets are but the outfield was really fast. Once you push into the gap, there is a boundary for you. On a normal, good ground this could have been a 270-280 score," Dhoni said. Dhoni also defended his decision to pick Dinda ahead of Shami Ahmed who bowled a fairly impressive spell on his debut match against Pakistan in New Delhi. "In the game he played in New Delhi the wicket was really seaming. We have to look at how good Shami is when it comes to bowling on wickets like these where there is not much help for the fast bowlers. That's why we went for Dinda, because he is experienced and he executes the yorkers well," said the skipper.
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