Asia Cup 2016: It ain’t broke, though MS Dhoni aims to repair it a bit

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A month ago, when MS Dhoni addressed a media before to a team’s depart for Australia, there was a hold of doubt everywhere — from genocide bowling to middle-order batting; even a spin-bowling combination. Things have altered since, interjection to a purple patch of sorts. Little consternation afterwards that India’s limited-overs captain looked loose and totally positive as he attended a team’s pre-departure press discussion for a Asia Cup, tweaked into a T20 contest with a World Cup in picture. And before a large eventuality it’s maybe a final possibility to examination with a group combination. So unsurprisingly, Dhoni hinted during patrol rotation.

It sounds a tad curious, given India’s new success in T20 internationals has been formed on adhering to stability. Dhoni didn’t change a group combination during India’s 3-0 purify brush Down Under, while Ajinkya Rahane for Virat Kohli — who was complacent — was a customarily alteration to a personification eleven in a home array opposite Sri Lanka. Kohli has returned, that means Rahane once again will have to lay out. But winning begets certainty and Dhoni feels he is in a position to examination a bit. The likes of Rahane, Harbhajan Singh and Pawan Negi can design some diversion time before a ICC event.

“I have a faith that we have a talent compulsory to win a large tournament. This group has all a mixture though what will be critical is to keep a group fit and try to give as many games as probable to all a people who are partial of a side,” he said.

Dhoni has to collect his moments. A full-strength Sri Lanka, arch-rivals Pakistan and Bangladesh during home form an ultra-strong margin for a Asia Cup and a group government would be penetrating to safeguard a winning movement doesn’t slip. Dhoni put things in perspective. “It (rotation) will count on where we are positioned in a tournament. After that we have dual games before a World T20 starts. If everybody gets a chance, it will be good for a team.”


According to him, what has unequivocally changed, in a T20 context, over a final one-odd month is that a quick bowlers have bowled well. “Death bowling is an area of regard in a 50-over format, where slogging customarily starts from 40 overs onwards. In T20 cricket, it is fundamentally a final three-four overs, or during times customarily a final dual overs. So we should keep a dual formats separate. What has happened in a final few matches is that quick bowlers have bowled good whenever they have come during a behind finish of a innings.”

This resurgence is down to a quip male Ashish Nehra and a youthful Gujarat seamer Jasprit Bumrah. Together they have taken 16 wickets — Nehra’s economy rate 8.00, Bumrah’s 6.77 — in a 6 T20 internationals they have played this year. And India have won 5 of those matches. Their opening has given Dhoni a pillow to give a new round to R Ashwin opposite Sri Lanka. Also, a gait bowling twin has some-more than done adult for Mohammed Shami’s absence. The Bengal quick bowler has been ruled out of a Asia Cup as good though he is still in a patrol for World T20 and a group government is happy to concede him a additional leeway.

“We had to announce a 15-member patrol a month before a World T20. Now it is adult to we if we wish to collect a man who can get fit before a tournament. You competence not collect him and afterwards we see somebody like a Shami 100 per cent fit in 10 days. That’s because he was selected,” pronounced Dhoni. He added: “He has to infer his aptness and if he isn’t fit afterwards we have replacements waiting.”

India generally don’t play many T20 cricket. But this year — in a run-up to a World T20 — has been different. They have already played 6 and would underline in a few some-more high-intensity contests in a Asia Cup. Dhoni concurred a benefit. “The good thing when it comes to credentials is that there were 3 games in Australia. Yes a conditions were different, though we played 3 T20 internationals opposite Sri Lanka in India and now (we have) a Asia Cup. It gives we time to settle into a format.

“Now we have got a additional time to get used to everything; repair a roles and responsibilities that people would have in a bowling and batting departments. We can also try out a few opposite things. Often we don’t get many T20 games before a universe event. So it’s good in a approach and we should get into a slit nicely.”

One thing’s for certain is that a captain won’t tinker with a batting order. To be fair, a choice of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli and Suresh Raina from No. 1 to No. 4 allows him really small scope. Dhoni picked Yuvraj Singh, himself and Hardik Pandya for a subsequent 3 slots and pronounced that those who were placed down a sequence contingency make a many of a 6 to 10 deliveries they would be facing. Pandya had lived adult to a plea in a compare opposite Sri Lanka during Ranchi, though Yuvraj didn’t demeanour too convincing. Asia Cup would concede him another event to strike his straps.

Nine years is a prolonged time in cricket. The diversion has evolved. Dhoni’s hairstyles have altered from a time he won a World T20 in South Africa in 2007. But he insisted his captaincy-style has remained unchanged. “I haven’t altered as a captain. we am 100 per cent a same that we used to be,” he said.

Retirement doubt

Dhoni seemed a small dissapoint when a contributor asked him about his retirement plans. “You usually can't ask me a question; we also have to give a reason. You have a freedom, though it does not meant we will ask me each day. You can’t keep seeking a same questions. The answer stays a same, it is like what is your name — ‘MS Dhoni’, and it will sojourn a same.”