Champions Trophy 2013 May 28, 2013

New ODI rules a challenge - Dhoni

ESPNcricinfo staff

India captain MS Dhoni has said one of the challenges facing the side in England during the Champions Trophy will be adjusting to the new ODI rules. He said the team had enough time to acclimatise, with two warm-up games scheduled before the opening match against South Africa on June 6.

Since the new rules were implemented in January, India have played ODIs at home but this will be their first experience of them in foreign conditions, where the seamers will have a bigger role. Captains have said the rules haven't been fair on the bowlers, especially the spinners, with not more than four fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle at any stage of the innings. Bowlers can bowl two bouncers an over and the Powerplays will have to be completed by the 40th over.

"There are a few challenges like the new ODI rules and we will be playing outside the subcontinent for the first time under the new rules," Dhoni said in Mumbai ahead of the team's departure for England. "We will have to adjust to the new rule of five fielders being inside (the circle), the length they need to bowl, how quickly they adapt to the wicket, which areas to bowl.

"The good thing is we have two practice matches leading up to the tournament. We also have enough time before the first game, so there is enough time to adjust."

In the past, India have fared poorly in tournaments staged immediately after the IPL. The team failed to make the semi-finals in the 2009 and 2010 World T20 tournaments, but Dhoni said the players' form during the IPL was encouraging.

"With the kind of fitness level that is going around right now, each and every member is looking fit," Dhoni said. "All of them have played good cricket in the IPL or before the IPL. So most of them are in very good touch. As far as the fitness is concerned we have not received any official reports about any player being unfit, so that is a good sign."

Though the seamers are expected to play a major role, the squad has three spinners in R Ashwin, Amit Mishra and Ravindra Jadeja. India's coach Duncan Fletcher felt the spinners will have an important role to play at certain venues.

"As MS mentioned earlier it is generally going to be seamer-friendly, you never know, like Cardiff for example, it is known there to be a turning wicket, very slow and not very different to what you might get in India," Fletcher said. "You've got to be prepared to play two spinners. If one is injured, there is a back-up. We have a balanced side."

India will be without their regular opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, both dropped on form. Dhoni was confident that the new pair of Shikhar Dhawan and M Vijay would carry forward their form from the Test series against Australia.

"Our two openers had done well at the Test level recently," Dhoni said. "I know it is a different challenge in the ODIs, you have to accelerate but at the same time it is important that we have a good start from which we can capitalise on, and as Duncan rightly said this is an opportunity for the youngsters. Shikhar and Vijay have been very consistent."

Dhoni was reminded of India's last ODI series in England, in 2011, where the side lost the five-match series 3-0 after losing all four Tests. Dhoni said the team had fared better than the results suggested.

"Rain was a big factor, we lost all the tosses. It didn't even reach the stage where it could have decided by Duckworth/Lewis," Dhoni said. "The spinners had to literally deal with the wet ball and it was not possible for them to use their skills. The performance of the ODI squad was good, if you don't see just the results."

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  • Harmon on June 1, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: What exactly are you talking about? Your line of thinking seems to change every now and then. First it was about India and SL's last 10-12 years performance in England and then you started saying that what happened in the times of the older ex-players may not necessarily happen when the new players come in and now you are saying that you were not talking about new players but about NEWER players, the ones who are yet to play for SL, who you hope will help SL turn the dice vs India !!!!

    Wow wow wow what a fabulous set of temporal arguments where you jump from the far-past to the near-past to the present to the future at your whim.

    The current lot of your NEWER players hasn't exactly done what you hoped for. May be you should wait for these NEWER players to retire in the next 5-6 years and then hope that those new players will do what you wish for.

  • ttn on June 1, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    I am talking about SL new players, with Kapugedara,Kandamby,Samaraweera,..etc out.

  • Harmon on June 1, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Hey Meety, nice to see you man after a long time. How are you? Hope you have recovered from what I handed to you in the article ---"Board games show cricket's true powerplay"---. Anyone can go there and see how you were ran away from that place.

    You were saying a few things before the Aus series, now that they were whipped 0-4 by India you have resorted to taking indirect potshots cos you know well you don't stand a chance in direct debates. All of it can be seen......ciao.

  • Harmon on June 1, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: I talk of Natwest Trophy or CB Series etc cos you and your fellow brothers have been talking about what happened 8-10 yrs back. I did say that 2010 is more sig than 2002 but you did not read that due to your bias.

    SL trashed India in 1990s and 2000s? Are you even aware of history? Except for a 3-3.5 year window from 1996 to 2000, SL have ALWAYS been India's fav pray. It seems that SL fans count SL's dominance from one off win over India in 2003 to another one off win over India in 2009.

    Good that you finally talked of the new players in both the teams. India, with the new players thrashed SL in SL 1-4, defeated SL 1-2 in CB Series in 2012, & defeated SL in the Asia Cup. When Gang etc had retired then too India defeated SL in the CB Series 2008, defeated SL in the WC Final & defeated SL in SL in the 2010 Asia Cup.

    In short, in the last 5 years, India has owned SL and have beaten them god know how many times, WITH THE NEW PLAYERS.

    Ditto for Future too.

  • ttn on June 1, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    @ Harmony111 You said Historical evidence is a weak indicator of team's performance in a tournament than the recent record. Then why all the Natwest finals, 2008 CB series and etc.

    Also its not that India will have a upper hand on SL alone, in the future we can see the opposite happening with SL winning vs Ind. Remember there is will be no Sehwag,Gambhir,Zaheer,Harbajan,Sachin when you play against us again, Just like in the 2000's and 1990' where your team were constantly trashed by Jaya,Vass,Murli,De SIlva and co.

    So all the Indian fans should think before they say India will win comfortably.

  • Anthony on May 31, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    @GRVJPR I hope you watched the last test series with England ..where India was handed a clean 4-0... It does not matter if Kumble or Agarkar got a hundred sometime but most of the wickets went to Anderson, Broad , Bresnan and even Finn too...Tremlett got injured midway. If you say ball does not swing in either don't follow cricket or you feign of ignorance.

  • Andrew on May 31, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    I think Dhoni will have his work cut out for him. The bating looks surprisingly shallow for an Indian team. I actually think a pace trio of Sharma, Yadav & Bhuvi will be India's strength. == == == Seems like disHarmony is off his rocker again!

  • Harmon on May 30, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Hey guys did you notice one thing? In all the comments made by baseball-sucks, Isuru and others, what are they trying to prove? What is their aim? Their aim is to somehow show that SL are better than India. This is not happening for the first time. This happened in the CB Series time too when SL fans said they had the better of India in Aus even though SL had lost 1-2 to India there. This happened after the WC too when they said that India won the WC only at home even though SL themselves failed to win WC Final in India and themselves failed in WT20 even at home.

    Talking about tests and others things, these fans routinely say that Indian batsmen are FTBs & Indian wickets are flat tracks when in fact the world knows that SL make even flatter wickets (& they still lose at home).

    Clearly, some SL fans have a complex vs India. They see India as the benchmark and aspire to be like us. They have so far said nothing except that SL have done BETTER THAN INDIA in Eng.

    That's all they want.

  • Harmon on May 30, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: Oh so SL players do not take IPL seriously? Is this why Malinga chose to retire from Tests to play in IPL :-D

    As for others, may be they take the WC or WT20 or CT seriously. Tell me how many times have these SL players taken these various tournaments seriously enough to win it? ZERO. 1996 doesn't count here cos they were diff players just in case you were about to say that.

    I solidly refuted you at 12:19 and you are now making excuses that your reply was not published. You *RAN AWAY* from here at that time as you had done on a prev article.

  • Harmon on May 30, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: On one hand you say that averages do matter a lot and point out the averages of several Ind and SL players and then when Andrews said that Taylor had a higher avg than MJ and so must be a better batsman then you started saying you are not even going there. Mind you Andrews too was talking on facts just like you were and when your own line of thinking was used to push you back you couldn't even come up with a proper reply, just like you often do when you run away mid way from debates with me. You ran away from the article ---Aggressive Mumbai end title drought--- after I soundly refuted you there and even here you had no reply to my 12:19 comment and I had to poke you about it.

    I am still waiting for your reply reg that 12:19 comment, where is it?