Dhoni Says India Have a Very Balanced Team : Once considered the whipping boys of world cricket, a series win over possibly India’s biggest challengers and the defending champions has set India up nicely to vie for Asian supremacy. But in a way, though, there is no defending champion for the 14th edition of the Asia Cup that will make its debut in a new avatar.
Talking about five-time champions India, they find themselves in the best shape and space among their chief challengers Pakistan, Sri Lanka and not-to-be-underestimated hosts Bangladesh. India will play Pakistan at least twice for sure during the next 2-3 months in the upcoming tournaments. But Dhoni said this Pakistani team will be different from the one they faced previously.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni Says India Have a Very Balanced Team for World T20
Talking about the Asia cup the captian wicketkeeper-batsman M S Dhoni says “If you see the 15 players selected, if something happens we have a replacement for everything. If I have to play with a spinning all-rounder instead of a seaming all-rounder, we have that option too. We have a provision for an extra opener as well. The overall balance of the team in any situation remains the same and if someone gets ill or injured for 1-2 matches the replacement is there,” said the 34-year-old. ”If one player is available for all the matches and is not injured, we will see the wicket and decide (the playing XI). We have got to remain fit and in form which will be very good for the team.”
The wicketkeeper-batsman, who launched a lifestyle brand Seven, further said that he has a wide variety of options to select from the 15-member outfit but more importantly, he has back-ups available. f the Yuvraj-Raina partnership of Sydney 2016 reminded of the 2011 World Cup quarter-final in Ahmedabad, blooding youngsters like Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Pawan Negi reminds of Dhoni’s ‘boys’ of 2007.But it will still be a little premature to talk in terms of World Twenty20, when even Bangladesh pose a threat in the battle for Asia.
India’s last visit to Bangladesh ended in an ODI series defeat at the hands of the hosts who have been on a roll at home. That makes it difficult to pin a ‘favourite’ tag to any of the four Test nations, who will be joined by an Associate (qualifier) in the Main Draw. M S dhoni continues “Our bowling in T20s has always remained strong. The players have a lot of experience. We are looking very good as of now. We have shown the consistency whether you talk about death bowling or the first six overs, whether in India or abroad; overall it is looking like a very balanced bowling attack.”
The wicketkeeper-batsman, who launched a lifestyle brand Seven, further said that he has a wide variety of options to select from the 15-member outfit but more importantly, he has back-ups available. Dhoni is seeking to regain the ICC World Twenty20 trophy he won 9 years ago in South Africa. MS Dhoni overcame his captaincy woes with back-to-back T20I series wins in Australia and at home against Sri Lanka recently. Emboldened by recent success at home and away, India’s limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni asserted that his team is in “auto-pilot” mode and shaping up well for the upcoming big-ticket ICC World Twenty20.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he is happy with his side’s performance in the recent matches and they are performing well as a unit ahead of the World Twenty20. Reported By Press Trust of India.“When we talk about aggressive cricket, I don’t think the Indian cricket team is behind any other team in the world. We don’t negotiate on that point. But we know what are the guidelines that need to be followed.”continued dhoni.