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“It’s not about having the best bowling attack”
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has defended his team’s bowling attack after South Africa skipper AB de Villiers stated that “there is no doubt that India are certainly not the best bowling attack in the world”.
De Villiers’ comments can be looked at in a positive and negative light as on one hand, India have won 22 out of the 31 ODIs they have played this year, while on the other hand, they have never won a bilateral series in South Africa.
However, when Dhoni was told that India had only won five of the 25 ODIs they have played in South Africa, he said: “Before you asked me, that was not on my mind. I will try to make sure it doesn’t stay in there.”
Despite India’s shoddy ODI record in South Africa, Dhoni is confident of doing well as two of the those five wins came when he led the squad during their last tour of the African nation in 2010-11.
“Yes we haven’t done well,” Dhoni said, “But there were instances, even the last time we came here, we had a good opportunity to win the series but we didn’t cash in on that. So it is important we play well. Only thing is, in a three-match series it becomes a little difficult if a team lags behind and loses the first game. There is extra pressure on the team that has lost the first game.”
Dhoni added that dew was one of the major reasons why his bowling attack had garnered such a bad reputation.
“What’s important is how much you exploit the conditions,” Dhoni said. “It’s not about having the best bowling attack.
“We have done pretty well. There have been ups and downs. Where we have struggled a bit is when there is dew on the field. And when we play on really flat surfaces. That’s where our bowlers haven’t done outstandingly well. But what we have seen is, if there is a bit of help for them, they have made the most of whatever is on offer. I think overall we are quite happy with the way they have bowled so far, the ups and the downs.”