Thursday, September 08, 2011

MS Dhoni regret need of bowling options

Posted by Admin On 10:30 AM

MS Dhoni bemoans the injury-crisis that has hit India, saying that all his plans are declining apart due to the lack of options at his disposal. India went down by seven wickets in the rain-curtailed second ODI and MSD said the bowling left a lot to be preferred given that the batsmen had done a decent job by posting 187 in the 23-overs-a-side game.
The bowling department needs to step up a bit. The strength of our bowlers is not speed but it didn't swing. Also the variations in pace were not probable because the outfield was wet and the ball came on to the bat nicely,said MSD after England cheerfully overhaul the 188-run target.
Presently it is becoming difficult to plan them around with just two bowlers. When the frontline bowlers go for runs, it becomes difficult. I tried Ashwin hoping he could upset their scoring but even he went for runs. The first five over didn't work out for us,he added.
Our fast bowlers are not dishonestly quick. They are between the 128-132mph speeds. If it is not fluctuation, it's hard and a bit tough on them.Indians stuck to their strategy of playing with seven batters even when it meant that Manoj Tiwary was almost right away draft into the playing eleven factually after step out of the airliner.
Our lower order batters can't score big against this bowling attack. Without six batters it becomes quite difficult to score runs. So if it is a low score, even five bowlers can't defend it.
I thought 187 was a good score. But once they got 60 in first five overs and 100 in the first 10, they never really had to take any risk.
MSD once again rued the injury that has had a disastrous effect on his team's performance.Injuries have been a big concern. We have lost nine players and almost of them feature in the first eleven.The injury nightmare, however, wouldn't extend to young Ajinkya Rahane who batted with a runner during his knock of 54 yesterday.He felt a twist in his leg while turning. It's a bit of annoyance but as of now, he wouldn't miss the next game.


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