Dhoni's decision to field, surprised NZ: Franklin

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Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 15:27 [IST]
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Dhoni's decision surprised NZ: Franklin

Chennai, Sep 12: New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin, has revealed that MS Dhoni's decision did raise a few eye brows in hte New Zealand camp, as he made a big mistake by opting to field after winning the toss on a relatively slow pitch.

Franklin, who picked up two wickets (Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh) to give New Zealand a one-run win against India in the second T20 at Chennai, felt that Dhoni's decision did surprise him.

"Honestly, India's decision to field raised a few eyebrows in our camp. Having had the experience of playing IPL here, we always knew it was a win the toss and bat first pitch," Franklin said after the match at Chennai on Tuesday.

The New Zealand all-rounder also added that they had plans to target Virat Kohli and get some quick wickets, as India has depth in their batting line-up.

"Our plan after Virat's dismissal was to not let the new batsman settle in and get the required run-rate up and try to induce mistakes from them," Franklin said.

Franklin also said that they bowled cleverly to stop Dhoni from going for big shots.

"Dhoni is a big hitter, but the ball was gripping and stopping a bit on the batsmen. It was about bowling cleverly."

Talking about the win, Franklin said it was good to finish the tour on a high after losing the Test series as they head towards Sri Lanka for the ICC World T20.

"It has been a tough tour for us. We did badly in the Tests, but this (win) is definitely something we'll celebrate. It is good to end on a winning note ahead of the (T20) World Cup where we are heading from here," he told reporters at the post-match press conference.

Franklin stated that the team is going to face a challenge during the T20 World Cup as they are grouped with two sub-continent teams.

"We've certainly got a tough challenge in Sri Lanka, especially since we're grouped with two sub-continent sides.

"But, we've to focus on our game and get better at what we've been doing and back ourselves to come good," added Franklin


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