Feel more in control if bowlers execute plans well: Dhoni

Melbourne, Jan 29: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said he is happy with the manner his bowlers have executed their plans in the three-match Twenty20 International series against Australia so far.

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India today beat Australia by 27 runs in the second T20 to take the unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Feel more in control if bowlers perform

"As a captain I feel more in control if the bowlers are executing their plans well, whether they are spinners or fast bowlers," said Dhoni at the post match press conference.

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"Most important is that all bowlers should execute their plans, exploit the fields and look to bowl in the same area, be consistent with the line and length. Otherwise at times it becomes difficult to manage, and boundaries flow just when you try to plug the gaps. If the execution is poor, it seems that there is no plan," he added.

Dhoni admitted rule changes have helped the spinners.

"The rule changes have helped the spinners. There are five fielders outside the circle in T20s which is helping them as compared to the ODIs. I was pretty sure that I didn't want to give spinners any overs in the first six.

"I knew they will hit a few boundaries to the fast bowlers but the spinners will have a very good chance even if we keep the run-rate at 10-an-over. The outfield was a bit wet but I thought the spinners could manage with different lengths and bigger boundaries," he explained.

After this series also India will continue to play the shortest format until World T20 at home.

"Definitely it is possible that this is a combination for the World T20 but we have to wait and watch because we are playing in Australia. There will be few changes to be made because the World T20 is not a bilateral series. So from utility point of view, we cannot have the luxury of picking players saying if something happens, he can come in.

"We need more players who can come into the team with more situations in mind, and not just one particular situation like in a 16-17 man squad," said the skipper.

One of the key aspects of this series for India has been the return of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina to the fold. While Raina has had a bat in the middle, Yuvraj is still waiting for his turn, but has proved to be a great utility with the ball, especially in this second T20I, picking 1-7 in two overs.

"I think he bowled really well. You need more individuals who can do more than one job on the field. If all of them are good with the bat and can contribute with the ball, it just adds on to the strength of the side.

"It helps us that Hardik Pandya is also bowling well. Not to forget Suresh Raina who can also bowl if needed," he said.


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