Bowling has been a worrying sign, admits MS Dhoni

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Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 15:26 [IST]
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Bowling a concern for us, says Dhoni

Colombo, Sep 18: Team India skipper MS Dhoni admitted that his team's bowling has been a worry, ahead of their ICC World T20 campaign, and suggested that he would pick three pacers and two spinners during the pre-match conference at Colombo on Tuesday.

"Initially, we would like to sustain with seven batsmen but if part-timers are not able to perform, we might have to play with six batsmen and five bowlers," Dhoni said on the eve of his team's opening World Twenty20 match, against Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Bowling has been a worry as India couldn't restrict Pakistan having posted 185 in 20 overs.

Moreover, Irfan Pathan, who claimed a five-wicket haul in the first warm-up match conceded 40 runs off just 3.1 overs, while none of the bowlers bowled well except R Ashwin, who claimed 4/23 off 4 overs.

Talking about the issue, Dhoni admitted that bowling has been a concern and is considered to be weaker when compared to the team's batting.

"Yes, bowling has always been a concern for us. Our bowling line-up is slightly weaker than our batting. But we have experienced bowlers who can do the needful," he said, on the eve of their first match against Afghanistan at Colombo on Tuesday.

Dhoni also admitted that the bowlers lack consistency especially at death overs, as they have been leaking too many runs during the last 5-6 overs.

"We lack consistency of bowling well at the death overs. We need to have more variations and we will be trying different strategies and field placements to back our bowlers," Dhoni added.

Dhoni also suggested that he might opt for 5 specialist bolwers which includes three pacers and two spinners (one spinner and a part-timer)

"My ideal bowling combination will be three pacers and one spinner and part-timers. Unlike Indian conditions where there is a chance of playing two specialist spinners," Dhoni said.


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