Dhoni wants to see his part-time bowlers pick up wickets more regularly
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes that with more and more batsmen in the side starting to become part-time bowlers, their performance with the ball can dictate the outcome of the match.
Dhoni also mentioned that the pitch conditions in Sri Lanka, which had once been extremely spin-friendly, have changed considerably and that he noticed it almost immediately during the team’s tour of Sri Lanka in July to August, which enabled him to prepare for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
“We are a team who rely strongly on batting. But some of the top batsmen play the role of part-timers, in T20 cricket, part-timers are very important. Our part-timers have been doing well,” Dhoni said.
Dhoni noted that since India did not have a genuine all-rounder in the squad, the performance of the part-time bowlers will become even more important.
“We also don’t have a genuine all-rounder so we have to rely on part-time bowlers who are specialist batsmen. Yuvraj Singh is one and we have Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina. They will chip in an over each and that makes it a lot easier for us,” Dhoni added.
Dhoni stated that he was pleased to have Yuvraj Singh back in the squad, but refused to comment on whether he returned too soon after having just recovered from a rare form of lung cancer.
“It’s a selection matter. But I am happy that he is in the team as he is a champion player and a match-winner. He also brings a balance in the team as in T20 cricket you don’t include a fifth bowler,” Dhoni said.
With India mainly staying in Colombo throughout the ICC World Twenty20, Dhoni believes his side can get used to the conditions of the pitch and use it to their advantage in every one of their matches.
“We won’t be travelling much. We can put in a bit more effort in the net session and skill-oriented session. I feel the conditions in Sri Lanka have changed a lot in the past years. When we came here in 2005, the wickets were different and when we came here last time [in July 2012], the wickets were different. The spinners did not get much help from the pitches in the five ODIs and one T20 we played here in our last tour. If a ground is hosting many matches, then it will slow down and the spinners will get help. So we have to see the conditions and plan accordingly,” Dhoni said.