Lot of areas need improvement, admits MS Dhoni

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Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 11:59 [IST]
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Team India needs to improve a lot: Dhoni

Colombo, Sep 20: Team India skipper MS Dhoni admitted that his team's performance was not that good against minnows Afghanistan, despite their 23-run win in the opening Group A clash at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday.

India start World T20 on winning note

Highlights of India-Afghanistan match

Having won the toss, Afghans put India to bat and were quite successful in getting early wickets as they dismissed both the openers, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag within the first five overs, as India registered another poor start.

Virat Kohli (50) and Suresh Raina (38) played a vital role as they added 46 runs for the fourth wicket to help India post a challenging 159/5 in 20 overs.

While Gambhir and Sehwag disappointed, bowlers Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan also failed to create an impact which causes more worry to the team management as they have to face big teams as the tournament progresses.

Though Afghanistan were bundled out for 136 in 19.3 overs, they displayed good strokeplay but since they lacked experience, India restricted them to 136 to register their first win in the tournament by 23 runs.

MS Dhoni also said that the match also showed how the outcome can change if a few players play a vital role on the match day.

"This format balances both teams, if one of the opposition batsman or bowler have a great day, it could change the result. A good performance but not a great performance from us," said Dhoni.

Talking about the team's performance, he added that all the areas need improvement.

"There are a lot of areas we have to improve on to be honest. People talk a lot about five bowlers, but what matters is on the day how they bowl, whether they are a
part-timer or a specialist," he added.


Story first published:  Thursday, September 20, 2012, 11:56 [IST]
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