Bangalore, Aug 1: Dhoni's strategy of using part time spinners in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka might have won him accolades as Team India finished their quota of 50 overs, five minutes ahead of the scheduled time, but by tossing the ball to Manoj Tiwary who made his return to ODI fold, has drawn a lot of attention.
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With Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and Ashok Dinda all had bowled only six overs, Dhoni invited trouble for himself by tossing the ball to Manoj Tiwary to bowl the final over of the innings.
Tiwary wouldn't have expected that he would be bowling 10 overs in a match, which is usually given to a regular bowler and not a part timer like him, especially when Zaheer, Dinda and Irfan had been ignored after bowling 6 overs each.
Dhoni, did rely on Tiwary as the Bengal player claimed 4 wickets and tossed the ball to bowl the final over in order to give him an opportunity to grab another wicket and make it a five-wicket haul.
Tiwary's first over gave India the breakthrough as Chandimal was dismissed for 28, while ten overs later in the 42nd over, he removed another dangerous batsman Angelo Mathews who scored 71 in the previous match for 14.
Surprisingly, Sri Lankan batsmen defended throughout when the part-timers were bowling at them as they attacked the regular bowlers - Zaheer Khan, Ashok Dinda and Irfan Pathan.
Further Tiwary went on to two more wickets in the 46th over as he dismissed Mendis and Perera in the same over. This probably urged Dhoni to give him an opportunity to make it a five-wicket haul, which finally did not work as the Bengal player conceded 18 runs in the last over.
Though Dhoni's strategy worked wonders, his intention behind giving the leg-spinner another opportunity to take a wicket to make it five, doesn't go well with critics, as the part timer was not threatening at all.
Tiwary's bowling was not up to the mark, it was sheer luck that helped him claim those wickets and thanks to Lankan batsmen who were very generous to gift their wickets to Manoj Tiwary on his return to the national side.
With such strategies, Dhoni might have been successful once, but cannot repeat the strategy as Lankans might have been under pressure to perform in the absence of Kumar Sangakkara, and would come back strongly in the fifth ODI which is scheduled to be played on Saturday.