ICC World Twenty20 2012 September 12, 2012

Dhoni stresses importance of part-time bowlers

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MS Dhoni feels India's batsmen have contributed well as part-time bowlers in the absence of a genuine allrounder in the squad. Dhoni also said conditions in Sri Lanka had changed over the years and there wasn't much help for spinners during India's limited-overs tour to the country in July and August.

"We are a team who rely strongly on batting. But some of the top batsmen play the role of part-timers," Dhoni said after arriving in Colombo for the World Twenty20. "In T20 cricket, part-timers are very important. Our part-timers have been doing well.

"We also don't have a genuine all-rounder so we have to rely on part-time bowlers who are specialist batsmen. Yuvraj [Singh] is one and we have Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina. They will chip in an over each and that makes it a lot easier for us."

Dhoni was pleased to have Yuvraj back in the side but refused to comment on his selection soon after recovering from a rare cancer. "It's a selection matter. But I am happy that he is in the team as he is a champion player and a match-winner. He also brings a balance in the team as in T20 cricket you don't include a fifth bowler."

India will be based in Colombo during the World Twenty20. Dhoni said playing at one venue would help but also felt that conditions could still change as the tournament progressed. "We won't be travelling much. We can put in a bit more effort in the net session and skill-oriented session.

"I feel the conditions in Sri Lanka have changed a lot in the past years. When we came here in 2005, the wickets were different and when we came here last time [in July 2012], the wickets were different. The spinners did not get much help from the pitches in the five ODIs and one T20 we played here in our last tour.

"If a ground is hosting many matches, then it will slow down and the spinners will get help. So we have to see the conditions and plan accordingly."

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  • sidh78 on September 14, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    @siri12345 sl team just won few matches in aus eng team that also at recent time.but sl never won a major tournament or series there. u r just happy to reach in second stage or final,but never won there.sl not won a single test in aus till date.sl never won a test series in aus eng nz.but india won 3 wc on fast and bouncy pitches.50-1983-eng,t20-2007-SA,u-19-2012-Aus.cb series -2008-aus.nest west series-2001-eng(chased record 326 runs).test series in eng-2007.in nz 2010.testS in aus.draw series in SA-2011.and FAMOUS HOBART run chase of 321 runs in just 36 over agaist so called good bowling attack.(malinga so called worlds best bowler thrashed by virat by econo. 13 word record for bowler)

  • siri12345 on September 14, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    guys indians are on the verge of a world record.a world record of loosing 9 consecutive matches in super eight stages of the world cup.now after this world cup they will have a 9-0 after a 8-0 to their name lol

  • siri12345 on September 14, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    india can never win this t-20 worldcup because srilankan pitches are no more flat to suit their flat track bullies.pitches in pallakelle and hambontota are like pitches of south africa and australia.srilanka are the firm favourites to win this t-20 world cup because we have played some brilliant cricket and were very close to winning odi series last time we toured australia and southafrica.

  • praveen4honestremark on September 14, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @777aditya...Brother there is no anger shown by me. If they are club level then how could they have restricted Srilanka to 274 defending 294 in 5th ODI which is must win for SL to save their face after already lost series. And India won by 39 runs in the only T20 defending target of 155 where Indian bowlers bowled them out to score of 116. There might be another cause like SL batsman might be club level if they have lost so badly. Is it so?? NO. They have high quality International standard batsman playing. Saying any International bowler club level is madness even after you see good bowling exhibition like i mentioned above. The only thing that's lacking in Indian bowlers is consistency and experience. There is never a good plan to maintain a good pace bowling unit in India till now. So we don't have fast bowlers. And Injury rate is high. Maintaining a pace bowler body is tough and BCCI needs to work on it. Until then what we can expect is flash wonders in bowling. Period.

  • sourav619 on September 14, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    @sidh78:spot on brother rightly said india's 0-8 loss was mainly due to poor planning india just won WC 2011.and in that very same year india traveled WI,ENG,AUS couple of home series,india's loss was mainly due to fatigue.where as all other nation played less cricket then india in 2011.

  • 777aditya on September 14, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    @ KEVINSL - Dont know why people are angry at your comments - you are just calling a spade a spade. Even in the article above, Dhoni readily admits that India rely heavily on their batting. Despite this issue, I strongly feel that India and SL are steady contenders while Pak and WI will be mercurial, but all four are favorites. Also, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are fully capable of pulling off unexpected upsets. Australia, ranked below Ireland, also have a point to prove. SA and Eng can be pretty competitive as well. This really has the potential to be anyone's cup.

  • praveen4honestremark on September 14, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    @KEVINSL on (September 14 2012, 03:18 AM GMT)..*Watch for Srilankan team if they can at least manage a series win against India any where in World in a BILATERAL SERIES even while chasing a target facing our so called " club level bowlers'. World saw you loosing series to India 4-1 and unable to chase down target. After the win against India you can come here and can boast about your team and spot our bowlers caliber. Thank you.

  • mathewjohn2176 on September 14, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    @kevinsl, cool mate.Dont take tensions and you worry about Indian team a lot :D..If I am in your place,I will worry about the first opening game against two competitive team srilanka and Zimbabwe.good luck for that match.And one more thing, Indian club bowlers are enough for this club level srilankan batsmen even at their home condition or be it anywhere.

  • KEVINSL on September 14, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    @MathewJohn2176:- Biggest game of the tournament is INDIA vs AFGHANISTAN. but still I think India has favor of that match.

  • KEVINSL on September 14, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    @MathewJohn2176:-be cool bro.... we are relations right... ha ha ha

  • sidh78 on September 14, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    @siri12345 sl team just won few matches in aus eng team that also at recent time.but sl never won a major tournament or series there. u r just happy to reach in second stage or final,but never won there.sl not won a single test in aus till date.sl never won a test series in aus eng nz.but india won 3 wc on fast and bouncy pitches.50-1983-eng,t20-2007-SA,u-19-2012-Aus.cb series -2008-aus.nest west series-2001-eng(chased record 326 runs).test series in eng-2007.in nz 2010.testS in aus.draw series in SA-2011.and FAMOUS HOBART run chase of 321 runs in just 36 over agaist so called good bowling attack.(malinga so called worlds best bowler thrashed by virat by econo. 13 word record for bowler)

  • siri12345 on September 14, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    guys indians are on the verge of a world record.a world record of loosing 9 consecutive matches in super eight stages of the world cup.now after this world cup they will have a 9-0 after a 8-0 to their name lol

  • siri12345 on September 14, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    india can never win this t-20 worldcup because srilankan pitches are no more flat to suit their flat track bullies.pitches in pallakelle and hambontota are like pitches of south africa and australia.srilanka are the firm favourites to win this t-20 world cup because we have played some brilliant cricket and were very close to winning odi series last time we toured australia and southafrica.

  • praveen4honestremark on September 14, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @777aditya...Brother there is no anger shown by me. If they are club level then how could they have restricted Srilanka to 274 defending 294 in 5th ODI which is must win for SL to save their face after already lost series. And India won by 39 runs in the only T20 defending target of 155 where Indian bowlers bowled them out to score of 116. There might be another cause like SL batsman might be club level if they have lost so badly. Is it so?? NO. They have high quality International standard batsman playing. Saying any International bowler club level is madness even after you see good bowling exhibition like i mentioned above. The only thing that's lacking in Indian bowlers is consistency and experience. There is never a good plan to maintain a good pace bowling unit in India till now. So we don't have fast bowlers. And Injury rate is high. Maintaining a pace bowler body is tough and BCCI needs to work on it. Until then what we can expect is flash wonders in bowling. Period.

  • sourav619 on September 14, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    @sidh78:spot on brother rightly said india's 0-8 loss was mainly due to poor planning india just won WC 2011.and in that very same year india traveled WI,ENG,AUS couple of home series,india's loss was mainly due to fatigue.where as all other nation played less cricket then india in 2011.

  • 777aditya on September 14, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    @ KEVINSL - Dont know why people are angry at your comments - you are just calling a spade a spade. Even in the article above, Dhoni readily admits that India rely heavily on their batting. Despite this issue, I strongly feel that India and SL are steady contenders while Pak and WI will be mercurial, but all four are favorites. Also, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are fully capable of pulling off unexpected upsets. Australia, ranked below Ireland, also have a point to prove. SA and Eng can be pretty competitive as well. This really has the potential to be anyone's cup.

  • praveen4honestremark on September 14, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    @KEVINSL on (September 14 2012, 03:18 AM GMT)..*Watch for Srilankan team if they can at least manage a series win against India any where in World in a BILATERAL SERIES even while chasing a target facing our so called " club level bowlers'. World saw you loosing series to India 4-1 and unable to chase down target. After the win against India you can come here and can boast about your team and spot our bowlers caliber. Thank you.

  • mathewjohn2176 on September 14, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    @kevinsl, cool mate.Dont take tensions and you worry about Indian team a lot :D..If I am in your place,I will worry about the first opening game against two competitive team srilanka and Zimbabwe.good luck for that match.And one more thing, Indian club bowlers are enough for this club level srilankan batsmen even at their home condition or be it anywhere.

  • KEVINSL on September 14, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    @MathewJohn2176:- Biggest game of the tournament is INDIA vs AFGHANISTAN. but still I think India has favor of that match.

  • KEVINSL on September 14, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    @MathewJohn2176:-be cool bro.... we are relations right... ha ha ha

  • KEVINSL on September 14, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    @MathewJohn2176:- After this WorldCup We can see the retirement of Club Level bowlers of India.surely I will go to watch ENGLAND vs INDIA match. that will be the last match of Club level bowlers.

  • PartTimer on September 13, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Doni is unimaginative cricketer. He is defensive always. It had worked for him and to the country. I am not sure that would work in future and it is the right approach. May be it is good idea to relieve him in some formats of the cricket.

  • RameshSubramaniam on September 13, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Is current Pakistan seam bowling better than India? I think they depend more on Ajmal and Hafeez . Ajmal is the different class altogether and good support from Hafeez and Afridi. But when it come to seamers, I can match Zak to Gul and Irfan is far better than second Pak seam bowler. Why not India think about 5 bowlers option with Ashwin, Irfan, Bhajji, Balaji and Zak. They can bat till 9 and Balaji is no mud with the bat.

  • sidh78 on September 13, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    india is a flat track bully? really.india wons three wc on fast and green tracks.in eng (83),SA(2007)-t20,aus(2012)- u-19.won CB series in 2008 beating very strong Aus team with ponting gilly headen symond lee bracken in aus.nest west series in england(2001) by chasing 325 runs.no asian team can even think for that.reach final of world cup in 2003 in sa. chase 326 runs in just 36 over in aus. won test seroes in england.won tests in aus and draw test series in sa by 1-1 and dominate in draw test.won test series in NZ. so this shows how indian team very good cricket in oversies.but some country fan see just that 8-0 loss.yes that was big but that loss due to bad tour planinb of bcci.team just won the wc-11 and u force them to play ipl in few days.after that the eng +aus tour.i think in that con

  • on September 13, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    When will Dhoni run out of excuses? @ Srinideva - A month ago Sri Lanka lost when their main batsman Sangakkara and their bowling spearhead Kulasekara got injured DURING the series!

  • Nampally on September 13, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    @devilznitein: Thanks for your correction about Kulkarni being a right hand seamer. I saw him in only one IPL game clocking well over 135 & took 3 chennai wkts.- of Vijay, Raina & Jadeja. He was seaming the ball both the ways & looked impressive. He is only 23 & opens the bowling for Mumbai in Ranji. But the real issue here is the use of part time bowlers. If Indian regular bowlers are good, no need for part timers. Why not take those bowlers who had proven record in the 2012 IPL. Both Munaf Patel & Kulkarni had quite a few wkts. Balaji was v.poor vs. NZ. Indian batting has 3 all rounders as bowlers(Irfan, Yuvi & Ashwin). ZAK is the 4th bowler. Get one more good seamer who can bowl @5 or 6 runs/over. Ashwin & Balaji must bowl much better or go to Bhaiji & Dinda or bring in reinforcements to the squad with better bowlers. Why was part timer Kohli used for 3 overs @ 9 runs/over, whilst the regular bowlers failed? In T-20 each guy must do his assigned job or be dropped - no free ride!

  • shiva89 on September 13, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    my team: 1. gambhir 2. kohli 3. yuvraj 4. sehwag 5. raina 6. dhoni 7. irfan 8. ashwin 9. bhajji 10. zaheer 11. balaji. though with dhoni's statement regarding part timers as their strength suggests that there wd be only one spinner. ashwin has better chances than bhajji n then india might go with an extra batsman in sharma/tiwary. i srsly believe icc T20 ratings are out of this world. aussie behind ireland? india was placed at 4th with 111 points. defeat by only one run from NZ that too becoz pitch became too slow towards the end... and now india holds 9th rank with 101 points. and vice versa happnd to NZ. one game anywhere in the world and between any two teams can turn the whole ratings table upside down. i dont know how icc measures t20 rankings. india r amongst the favorites. good batting, improved bowling (balaji coming - experienced and proficient T20 bowler) and a couple of allrounders, subcontinent pitches, yuvi back, gambhir, kohli, dhoni etc in form.

  • Munafis810 on September 13, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    @kevinSL@India SL bilateral series record since 1997 - because before 1996 SL was a considered minnow so sparing series losses records before 1996 becos I am such a nice person. India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2012 India 4-1 (5) , Sri Lanka in India ODI Series 2009/10 India 3-1 (5 , India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2008/09 India 4-1 (5) , India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2008 India 3-2 (5) , Sri Lanka in India ODI Series 2006/07 India 2-1 (4) , India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2006 drawn 0-0 (3) , Sri Lanka in India ODI Series 2005/06 India 6-1 (7) , India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 1997 Sri Lanka3-0 (3) . Not to mention the worldcup final 2011 was also one of the major India thrashing SL as usual match and can be counted as major victory over SL. There were more victories than losses on neutral venues too over the period 1996 -2012. Do you want stats for that too.

  • joy_hoque_ on September 13, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Raina,rohit,yubi is most important for t20 of india.and dhoni,other need support them, and shebag,kohli,gambir need to protect theme .at last india can win.

  • mathewjohn2176 on September 13, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Posted by Mahaanama on (September 13 2012, 14:19 PM GMT), India already won the first t20 world cup,Its srilanka who choked at finals against pakistan.now go figure how to pass the final hurdle if by chance ( upsetting others) SL reach final.

  • jasonpete on September 13, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    @mahannama, SAy that to your srilankan team who lost home matches both odi and t20 against india and if srilanka makes it to the semifinal,this will be a big upset in cricketing history. :D

  • madeshdbest on September 13, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Indian Team dont have depth in their bowling. The death bowling from 15 - 20 overs is a big concern. I think that where the Indian team will lose. sometime the batting depth can make up for it. But, you cant rely on batting to rescue bowling always. The indian team lacks genuine allrounders like Australia, England, WI team. I think that is where there are going to have tough time.

  • Naresh28 on September 13, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    @bigwonder - YUP BBCI only hinder pace bowling development. I am sure in the Punjab there are big built, strong bowlers e.g. ABID NABI. Even javelin thrower ATUL SHARMA. There is need to harness and develop players like this.

  • billy_bilal on September 13, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    importance of part timers is over rated in T20. here you need quality not quantity. you need to have your best 5 bowlers bowling 20 so that you don't give any loose overs to opposition. in India's case oppositions will fancy their chances against part timers and play safe against likes of zaheer khan. whereas against a Pakistan attack they will have to go after every bowler therefore giving opportunity to the better bowlers like Ajmal and Gul to inflict maximum damage

  • Anandsadvice on September 13, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Indian Team can win this world cup. However they need to do the following 5 steps to win. 1. Suresh & Rohit have to fire and play aggressive cricket similer to Viru. 2. Dhoni should avoid taking the match right to the last over need to play his strokes at least 2 to 3 overs earlier. 3. Bowlers need to focus on dot balls and be acurate and try more variations which i think is the only week point in the Indian team. Buck up bowlers we need to win the cup come on have confidence in your self and win the cup for India. 4. Gautham, Yuvi and Dhoni should support Suresh, Rohit in rotating the strike and holding one end and need to settledown before playing their famous strokes and play according to match situation 20/20 format style. 5.Please watch the previous world cup final which you have won before you play this world cup final to boost your confidence.

    Go Indian team make india proud and get the cup for us.

  • Anandsadvice on September 13, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    I think Dhoni should focus on the dot balls in our bowling department and the singles should be replaced more by 2 or more or 4's would be better if possible.

    India needs acurate bowling (bowling that will make batsmen take risks to play).

    Young batsmen like Virat, Suresh and Rohit should play to their full potential with out wasting too many delivery's to settledown. I think Virat is doing a great job, but raina and Rohit its time for them to show their talent.

    Dhoni was a bit slow to reach the finish line which he usually does with ease.

  • srinideva on September 13, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    I can`t understand this SL fans, just a month ago they lost like a minnoew team in their own pitch. Now again they are back to dream world...keep going guys..better luck for your match agt zim, evenly matched contest waiting guys...

  • srinideva on September 13, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    pls stop this dhoni bashing, you guys have to realize the fact in life, you can`t always win in cricket(T20) having said that it was a fault of dhoni and yuvi. But before commenting to the batting style and strike rate and blah ,blah of dhoni, you should realize who you are critizing. HE is a star and will always who gave two world cup under his captaincy...He is the biggest thing happen in indian cricket.. we love you dhoni, do not care these people, the real indian fans always with you to cheer for indian team....

  • g.narsimha on September 13, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    I dont think our bowling is that much a huge problem ,just remember last T-20 we played in SL, we dismissed them for around 100 , we have batsmen, right from, SAHWAAG to PATHAAN, all of them are capable of scoring a 30 ball 50 wich is essential in t-20& u need just 2 batters to click, u will have 150-170 on board , last time our bowlers won us matches in SL , WICKETS SUITS OUR BOWLERS , CHENNAI pitch was a real belter but u wont get such pitches any more in SL EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE LEFT BACK HOME 2 BEST PROVEN TALENTED PLAYERS IN YUSUF PATHAAN & ROBIN UTHAPPA BOTH of them should have been in place of CHAWLA & RIHIT SHARMA , STILL I AM SURE OUR TEAM DEFINITLY LIFT THE CUP NO DOUBT .

  • on September 13, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    With five specialist bowlers playing, irfan,ashwin and harbhajan can all bat, ideally u shouldn't need more than six batsmen in a T20 game and if need be there aren't many players who can hit the ball harder than irfan and then your no. 8 and 9 have test centuries, with so many part timers if also one of your bowlers have an off day(that can happen with all set of 5 bowlers in a T20 game) it wouldn't hurt you one bit, you got to think that way, with the current team, you may have rohit sharma just for his fielding and god knows what would happen if one specialist bowler goes terribly wrong

  • devilznitein on September 13, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    @Nampally, For your kind information Dhawal Kulkarni is not a left arm seamer but a right arm seamer, On your point about Munaf patel he has not shown any considerable performance to get into the national side. Coming to the point MSD's theory of using part time spinners did help in the 2011 50 over world cup only in the case of yuvi doin the job. And in a way he is trying to say Rohit sharma will play in all matches, even if he gets out for 15 runs in 5 matches in the same pitch. It is a pity that Dhoni is still pushin for Rohit, He has not given any good performance against quality teams in the near past. And i also find people predicting a WI win. The current WI team if they play as a team they can win, but they don't seem to play as a team, My choice for semifinal is Aus, S.A., Ind, Sri.

  • on September 13, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Our coaCh whatmore and captain should listen to Dhoni and Sanga as our management believe that in srilanka spinners will get handy help but we have seen recently pacers are getting more help more wickets so we should nt experiment with spin heavy attack and should play sami gul and junaid or two of them atleast alongwith razzak otherwise we will be kicked out before semis which never happened in the past as our group is the most difficult one with kiwis and bengal tigerzz .

  • Mahaanama on September 13, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    This Indian team has lost all T20 matches they have played against New Zealand since T20 cricket started. Their winning percentage against NZ is 00.00%. Even by a chance if this Indian team reaches semi final stage in this T20 WC that will be the biggest upset in the history of T20 cricket. Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan and Australia are the favorites to win this T20 WC

  • PTtheAxis on September 13, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    dont have a genuine allrounder ?! so what is irfan pathan ? if dhoni does not want him to bat thats another story because he is a better bat than dhoni in 20-20.

  • Jeyarajpillai on September 13, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Its nice to have Yuvi back in Team India. It would be better to have him as a regular bowler rathrr than as a part-timer. I guess regualr jogging will make him match-fit sooner..

  • ashimseye on September 13, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    TEAM INDIA NEEDS TO HAVE DEPTH IN BATTING AND DEPTH IN BOWLING AND USE THEM LAST MAT INDIA SPINNERS GOT WAKED GIVING AWAY RUNS WHILE MS DHONI AND YUVI SLOWED THE MOMENTUM CHASING CONCEDING Maiden overs in death while IRFAN A HITTER SITTING AT BENCH TEAM INDIA CAN INTENSIFY BOWLING WITH BOWLERS WHO CAN HIT LIKE IRFAN BHAJJI AFTER ALL SKIPPER KNOWS THE BEST CHEERS

  • Nampally on September 13, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    @Capt.Meanster:We understand what Dhoni is saying. If Indian batting is that strong, why not play with 5 regular bowlers instead of 4? Out of these 5 bowlers, 2 are already All Rounders like Irfan & Ashwin. So basically it amounts to 3 other "Specialist" Bowlers incl. ZAK. That is all the Fans want - good economical seamers ( 135 KPH range) to provide some respectability to the weakest bowling in all major cricketing Nations. Balaji may be OK for IPL but is not a good choice for the National team (@ 110 to 125 KPH). Munaf Patel is a proven short format player. Dhawal Kulkarni(135 kph) is an excellent left arm seamers but is outside the Selectors Radar!. Praveen Kumar only a year ago was a "Must" for India but now forgotten. England, Aussies, SL, WI, Pakistan are coming in with very good seamers. Making part timer Kohli bowl 3 overs at 110 KPH (@9 runs/over) is not a clever thing, especially when he is India's only consistent batsman - Is it?Good bowling & fielding are also "Essential".

  • shibuvin on September 13, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    India are fortunate enough to get rid off Vinay Kumar. One more stuff India got to rid off is Piyush Chawla. Now Dhoni is idea of using part timers more is making sense.

  • mathewjohn2176 on September 13, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    @kevinSL, Mostly SL gets thrashing from India ( even at this weak Indian performances) and their fans forgot the meaning of Upset.By looking at their recent performances at home against india,I guess your team may give you upset by not reaching super8s.Talking big here don't win you trophies.good luck.

  • Er-.S.R.shankar on September 13, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    @sashidhar shetty--you have selected the most ideal playing XI- that reflects your cricketing analytical abiilty;There is no point in packing the team with too many batters as a batsman below No.5 would hardly get 2 overs to bat which any of the three Irfan,Ashwin & Bhajji could do Of course Dhoni has been a shrewd thinker who leads as the situation demands Let us hope he is not rigid in his belief in part timers who may sometimes cost the match

  • shrastogi on September 13, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    My views may not be appreciated much in India but here they are. I feel there should be some amount of unpredictability in the t-20 squad. In Indian squad 11 places are almost guaranteed except Harbhajan/ Ashwin and that brings a sense of complacency. This is not a fault of those selected as it is a matter in the purview of selectors. We couldnt even win at home against NZ when we had 6 wickets left. So I feel Indians would have to play out of their skins to make an impact in this world cup.See even a bowler of the likes of Franklin knew about Indian players because of IPL where Indian batsmen almost took it for granted that they would win the match. So Indian team your work is cut out.

  • bigwonder on September 13, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Its amazing that every year we come back to the same discussion - lack of good bowlers in Indian team. I am perplexed as to why India cannot produce good quality bowlers when its population is well over 1 billion. I refuse to the take the argument that Indian youngsters only like to bat. There are good bowlers but no one to groom them. Why can't India produce their next Kapil Dev, Srinath or Prasad?

  • superstar100 on September 13, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    is any bangla fan here !!! The only group i think in which we cant predict which team is coming in next round is PAK,NWZ,BAN m i right yes i am !!!! dont forget ireland and afganistan team's also 1 bad match and your fav team may be out of compitation !!!!

  • Narbavi on September 13, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    @KEVINSL: so it will be an upset if india wins eh?? to be honest i am looking forward to the clash of the minnows on the opening day, zimbabwe vs srilanka, two evenly matched teams, get past them first!!

  • mathewjohn2176 on September 13, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    @kevinSL, no one is condemning srilanka.Even by current indian performances,India still thrashing your SL team for more than a year.You can be upset about it,it happens. Afterall this if they win win against zimbabwe and reach super8,that will be the biggest upset waiting for everyone.Anyway home track bullies should do well at home.good luck.

  • baryalaiAzizi on September 13, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Hi guys, take a look on our champions as well, they are not less than any other, yes I mean Afghanistan Tigers, I am sure they will beat India and England Inshllah, they are ready to face any team, they have won a tournament in west Indies, we are spirited with strong moral, India and England get ready to face real Tigers

  • vish57 on September 13, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    South Africa deserves to win; they should not choke in crunch matches; the second best team for T20 is West Indies; luck need to favor sub continent teams to win. let India beat Afganisthan and england in group stages.

  • 1991-Vijendra.Rathod on September 13, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    I think INDIA have a very good chance to win this world cup. Now YUVI will give stability to batting orders with crackers. we know how much he can be dangerous.......?????????? stuart broad would have been known. virat is in form. so with raina, dhoni [cool captain], pathan's all-roundering performance, it seems to be 2nd world t20 cup for india and dhoni.

  • Joby_George on September 13, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    According to the talks from mouth, SL had already won the T20 WC.

  • g.narsimha on September 13, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    KEVINSL-u were not to be seen during our tour to u r nation , we won both odis &t-20, so those are also upsets ,if we go counting the upsets IND inflicted on top teams , we may not get enough space on this thread , the team which won a t-20 wc in an alian country , SA CAN ONLY COUSE UPSETS , if wins against an home tiger , is upset, in that metter niether u r team nor ENG won nothing in our place for decades ,those were also upsets , since u r playing in u r own backyard i hope this time around U should win , but we indians made a bad habit of beating u r tean in u r place all the way , lets see what is in store for u r favourite 4 teams LEASTED BY U .

  • on September 13, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    I feel Sub continent wickets are always slow and ball will travel low

  • SaifS on September 13, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    How can he say that when the stats speak otherwise, the part timers leak a lot of runs and none of them are under 7 runs an over. Plenty more if they bowl the death overs. Its time MSD gets his basics right.

    Player Mat Inns Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 4 5 YK Pathan 22 17 50.5 0 438 13 Feb-22 33.69 8.61 23.4 0 0 Yuvraj Singh 24 12 26 0 208 8 Mar-23 26 8 19.5 0 0 RA Jadeja 12 12 40 2 280 7 Feb-26 40 7 34.2 0 0 SK Raina 27 7 14 0 129 5 Feb-49 25.8 9.21 16.8 0 0 R Sharma 2 2 7.2 0 56 3 Feb-29 18.66 7.63 14.6 0 0 V Kohli 11 6 13.4 0 97 2 Jan-13 48.5 7.09 41 0 0 V Sehwag 16 1 1 0 20 0 - - 20 - 0 0

  • RISHI2016 on September 13, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Dhoni has become kinda obstinate... This was what was his ploys in CB series where 1 out of big 3 were to be rotated to accommodate Rohit ...Irrfan was not given chance until last legs of the series to promote Jadeja....now the ploy is to keep Bhajji away.... India won the world cup in 2007 for the fact tat India played 5 bowlers in each of its match.... Herein also it seems to adjust his fancied Rohit, he will be sacricifing Bhajji... statements have started coming in like it does not spin much in lanka...I would still go with THREE seamers and 2 spinners...both the spinners (Bhajji and Ashwin ) are no mucks with bat and you have a Irfan (remember his and his brother's heroics in a t 20 match in Srilanka in 2009?) ... If he had a wish Jadeja would have been included and then the tracks of Chennai would have been spinner's friendly (cricinfo please publish)

  • bhrangi on September 13, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    @KEVINSL : LOL., India created big upsets to SL and their fans., infact not upset nightmares.??hehe., world cup final, asian cup, common weath , recent 4-1., still many to come. I hav big respect to SL team but not to their fans. in btw @bmike: may i know the team which ur supporting for T20 WC ?? . My predictions for semis is IND, SL , SA, PAK but lets see., its T20 lottery, nothing can happen in single over.

  • on September 13, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    it was good that india lost the game with nz,inorder not to repeat mistake in the t-20world cup. irfan is the best finisher than rohit,tiwary.irfan should bat before rohit because in many matches he was batting in last 3-4 overs and scores 4's & 6's in odi,t-20,ipl he is good finisher.in the t-20 world cup 07,dhoni was new captain ,india was going with 6 batsman&5 bowlers including pathan as allrounder at no.7 by resting yuvraj,rohit,uttappa,karthik and india won the t-20wc.in 2012 t-20 wc ---------harbajhan,chawla,dinda are suprise bowler.yuvraj ,sehwag,tiwary,rohit any 1 can be rested in 1or 2 game respectively.............

  • KEVINSL on September 13, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    If India beat England in group stages, according to the current performances of India, that will be the "BIGGEST UPSET OF 2012 T20".

  • KEVINSL on September 13, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176:- SL, PAK,WI, SA, will be to semis. absolutely we are not condemn India. India also a team which can do some big upsets for above nations

  • praveen4honestremark on September 13, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    I may have criticized Dhoni's batting , but it was my intention to rectify his mistakes. I am sure he has noted where he went wrong in T20 against NZ. Dhoni is world class captain and i bet on India to win this world cup under good captaincy of Dhoni to answer on all his critics who point his captaincy in T20's with good Batting..Watch it Critics.

  • mathewjohn2176 on September 13, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    @bmike, LOL, you don't stop crying ? Do you? India ranked 7 th ahead of Australia.After all srilanka should make it to the super8s by having a tough war with Zimbabwe as they are a well known home track bullies..ofcourse SA is a class apart from their group teams and will top the group easily.Remaining groups we can see expected results.Only group c between srilanka vs Zimbabwe is doubtful as both are equally at par.

  • jasonpete on September 13, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Posted by bMike on (September 13 2012, 07:18 AM GMT), Forget about ranking, srilanka got thrashed by indians at their home made pitches,so more than India vs afghan matches,I am looking forward to srilanka vs Zimbabwe,it will be a tight match for sure.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 13, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    @satish619chander,fair enuff bt we simply cannt descard nön.asian teams like aus,eng .WHILE SAFAS R ULTIMATE CHOKKERS N WI R NEEDLESLY OVR.HYPD BT I DN'T THINK THEY WOULD MAKE ANY IMPACT OTHR THAN SUPER 8.

  • on September 13, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    MS Dhoni is a smart cricketer and this T20 WC in Sri Lanka will be a batsman's WC.. India need a very good 6,7 as finsihers that can be Raina & Dhoni with Pathan & Ashwin as swashbuckling 20 -30 run makers if required. A good number 3 would pave a great platform for likes of Yuvi and Tiwary to make sure they cash in to take the game away from opposition. World T20 is about capitalizing on one good brilliance as a team to win the rest. Bring back the cup India...

  • baghels.a on September 13, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Why dosen't the ICC allow subsitutes to take part like in other sports such as football,rugby,Hockey,basketball,volleyball instead of making cosmetic changes like powerplays. In the warm up matches teams are allowed to play wih 13 players but only 11 at a feild, this way a team can specialist batter till no.8 and six reular bowlers and all this part time bowlers problem will vanish, two subsitutes is it too radical, i don't think so.....................

  • satish619chandar on September 13, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    @land47 : Do agree to some extent SC need spin tracks but it is only in tests. T20 is anybody's game of course. In the history of T20 WCs, the SC teams won in completely alien conditions twice out of 3 times. India did in SA and Pakistan did in your own England. So , your real concern is SC teams getting the spin track or England facing the spin track?

  • joseyesu on September 13, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Gambir, Sehwag, Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj,Dhoni, Pathan, Ashwin, Harbajan, Balaji, Zak. There is no use of so many partimers when you don't utlise them or when Dhoni is scoring 21 of 22 balls. Let the batman take their responsibility and let the bowlers take theirs.

  • on September 13, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Dhoni is a world class player. One rare mistake and thats enough for all Dhoni haters waiting to latch on to it since dhoni doesnt make much mistakes. I'm happy he failed against NZ just before the world cup since he is a smart player and will not let that happen again. I'm sure we will see a different Dhoni in the coming matches. All i have to say is, its easy to complain but its very difficult to achieve what Dhoni has done for India by winning the World T20, World Cup and the Test Championship maze.. He is the only captain do that....

  • on September 13, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Ego of MS Dhoni Wont allowed India in Semifinal.. something like talking about young guns.. and keep Sehwag on Bench.. sticking with Rahul Sharma.. and want to play Raina on No. 3.. Hope MS Learn from his mistakes what he done at Chennai.

  • on September 13, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    @veerakannadiga : WI have already lost in their practice match against SL by 9 wickets .LOL . ( wi 132/6 in20ov. , SL 135/1 in 15.4ov.) You are day dreaming mate . LOL .. it ll b India or Sri lanka surely this time.

  • on September 13, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    I just love reading what people say here! Everybody is an advisor and a captain! MSD is the captain of the ship for god's sake, and he makes his decisions with a lot of thought. He has to say something to the media for they happen to hamper players all the time, might not be entirely true whatever he says here, and for sure not this debatable. Peace

  • on September 13, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    @landl47 , son India won t20 wc in SA .. do you think it happened because SA pitches are spinner friendly eh ?

  • sweetspot on September 13, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    @veerakannadiga - No hard hitters? Are you kidding me? Sehwag has a strike rate of 150+, Yuvraj 150+, Raina 139! We know how hard Dhoni can hit, and Kohli and Gambhir too, not to speak of Irfan! Maybe you want Sunil Joshi to bowl instead of Ashwin too?

    As always a lot of experts here who know more than the man who has won two world cups for India! Hilarious!

  • himohan007 on September 13, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @ Shashidhara Shetty It s the best team. Any change in the team is eaqul to messing the winning chance of cup as like Nz series

  • bMike on September 13, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    According to ICC T20 rankings top 6 teams (England, SA, SL, WI, NZ, Pakistan ) will easily make super 8. Australia has been always consistent in top series. So they will also easily make it. Out of all the other worst teams there is no way Bangladesh, Ireland or Zimbabwe can make it because all of them have best teams in their groups. So it's gonna be a world war between Afghanistan and India for the 8th place as both teams are equally competitive.

  • on September 13, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    People who are saying Yuvi is fit are thinking emotional...He was not match fit at all.. Look at his running ..look at the way he played a bouncer (catch was dropped)......Look at the the way he scored first boundar (edged)...His foot wasnt moving at all... Finally when he got bowled, e was in no position to play the slower ball...If India has to win the match Yuvi must get his match fitness back..He must fire...

  • haseeb on September 13, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    india always have a good chance but the thing is relying on part timers is a gamble..if its click tats fine but with this line up u r always going to be on the edge one bad game and u r out of it and in t20 its not just one bad game one bad over can cost u a match ..i feel india should chase more often

  • on September 13, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    please don't play slowly and it will affect your partner also.... same thing happened on the 11.9.12 . t20 don't need wicket standing player.... play your normal game and don't irritate us.... u just scored only one four tat also came at the last over.... Irfan is genuine alrounder for t20.... he is better hitter than anything else... he vl prove, if give opportunity to him.... don't forget he played has one down batsman,scored many runs also..... he wid y. pathan played one super ings and won against srilanka in t20..... please see tat video tape

  • veerakannadiga on September 13, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    MSD is sounding more like Jayawardene. Jayawardene thinks because of his allrounders he has a good team, likewise MSD feels 'cause of his part timers his team is good. But unfortunately both these teams will not win the tournament. I am rattled at the team selection. We have no hard hitters and it cost us the game against NZ. A, Robin Uthappa, would have been very handy in place of Rohit Sharma or Manoj Tiwari. Its too late for all that. end result...WI will be winners of T20 WC 2012.

  • arun_nva on September 13, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    @Bistaumanga, Rahane is not left out of Playing XI for Rohit/Raina. he is sitting in bench for Ghambir and Sehwag. he is the backup opener for the team and not a middle order batsman.

  • mathewjohn2176 on September 13, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    @bmike, Ofcourse in group c ,SA will lead the group and srilanka will give a tough fight to the Zimbabwe for 2nd place. Hope they do well against Zimbabwe to qaualify for super 8s.

  • AbAdvani on September 13, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Dear MSD, Please DO NOT bank on having part-timers like Kohli, Raina,Rohit and Manoj get you through for the 5th bowler slot in T20 -pitches in Srilanka are no longer the same as in India where you can get a part-timer to fill in the 5th bowler slot. As you found out in the recent India-SL series, most of the pitches in Srilanka are conducive to swing bowling now, so PLEASE pack your team with atleast 3 seamers (Irfan and Zaheer are automatic pickins and the third seamer can be Dinda/Balaji) and 2 spinners in Harbhajan and Yuvraj who can both be very useful with the bat. Please pack in a seamer even if it means making way for either Rohit Sharma or Manoj Tiwary -both of them will get clobbered if they bowl and we are only batting for 20 overs, so you do not need to pack your team with all batsmen. My XI would be Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli,Raina,Yuvraj,Dhoni, Rohit/Manoj, Pathan,Harbhajan,Zaheer,Dinda/Balaji -tell your third seamer that you expect him to contribute a bit with the bat also

  • Romenevans on September 13, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    I think Afghanistan and India will make it to the super 8 because hopeless England team will again be thrashed by teams like Ireland, Bangladesh and now Afghanistan...just like they were humiliated by Ireland and Bangladesh in WC 2011. LOL!

  • on September 13, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    India Squad Should be 1.Gambir 2.Sewag 3.Kohli 4.Yuvi 5.Raina 6.Dhoni 7.Pathan 8.Harbajan 9.Ashwin 10.Zahir 11.Balaji

  • bhrangi on September 13, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    @bMike :what a comedy sense u have man ?? ., as usual u ll disappear once tournament starts.,LOL

  • satish619chandar on September 13, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Pretty bad concept to use the parttimers for 6-7 overs in case one of main bowlers have off day like Ashwin had the other day. I presume that Bhajji will be a better slogger than a Rohit or Tiwary especially considering we do have enough option to bat through 20 overs with a good top 6 in Viru, Gaurti, Virat, MSD, Yuvi and Raina. In addition, Pathan bats as well as any batter over there. And Ashwin can bat a bit too. Why not go for 5 bowlers with part time options to back it up? Pathan can do the job what Bravo did in the IPL. Score fast in end overs and bowl well too.

  • on September 13, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    One should know, that after Muralidharan's retirement, and the replacements not coming up to Murali's standards, wickets in Sri Lanka will change! Same thing can happen in India too... IF the caliber of its spinners go down and pacers/swingers go up!

  • raindelay on September 13, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    why mr.dhoni not considering irfan pathan as a allrounder.india won the 2007 T20 world cup and CB series 2008 by playing irfan as a allrounder only not by playing a part timer.I think dhoni has lack of confidence in batting .Remember india does not won a single game in last 2 T20 world cups super 8 stages almost with these same set off team by just playing only 4 bowlers and 7 batsman. He also gambled with the batting order by promoting himself (Mr.dhoni) up and down with a strike rate of just 109.5 in 33 t20 international appearances...

  • mogleepaul on September 13, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    It is the time for Mr. Dhoni to leave his rigidness. Due to bad batting line up India lost its match on 11.9.12. He did 3 mistakes. 1. Instead of him, Pathan should have been sent for batting as left arm spinner was bowling. 2. He should have ran for 2 on the 4th ball of the last over to take the strike. 3. Manoj Tiwary should have been sent in place of Rohit Sharma as sixer was only needed, what manoj could do better than rohit. Hope, he will keep the above in mind in the world 20 cup. Even Harbhajan would be better option than Rohit Sharma in T 20

  • on September 13, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    jiyo....... Good Planning.. keep it up n go ahead but Dhoni dont play Test cricket in d field, wch u did in last match

  • on September 13, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    gr8 no hope from specialist bowlers he is stating that even before the tournament starts

  • bMike on September 13, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    Obviously England will lead group A after group stages. India might give a good fight to Afghanistan for the 2nd place in group A but I don't think they can secure a place in super 8 as Afghanistan is also very strong.

  • HarishVS on September 13, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Yes, I dislike the idea of Kohli as a part-time bowling option. Of late, he is batting wonderfully to win every second game for India. It is a risk to ask him to bowl and put extra pressure on his body and mind. Say if he goes for runs in his overs it may have a bearing on his mind to affect his batting as well. I dont think Dhoni is smart here in calling Kohli a bowling option, when every other batsman in the lineup except Gambhir is a part-timer. In the just lost T20 against NZ, Dhoni promoted himself ahead of Rohit and Tiwary to get match practice to chase and win the game all by himself but failed utterly. 49 runs from 42 balls were needed and still Yuvraj was batting beautifully. As many have said, Dhoni is not a capable batsman in slowing conditions. Irfan was a better batsman in case Dhoni did not feel Rohit or Tiwary efficient to bat. Poor thinking on the part of Dhoni. Hope he does not repeat the same mistake in any future matches in SL.

  • raindelay on September 13, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    Mr.dhoni what part timers contriibuted ah thats a joke .... kohli went for 29 from 3 overs.according to me pathan should be suitable for no.7 and also playing genuine batsman at no.7 is a waste

  • mtalhas on September 13, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    MSD shud now look for bowlers from countries like Afghanistan who have potential talent as India has been unable to find and nurture bowlers since the last few years.if luckily any bowlers makes it to the indian team, they hardly last for a few years due to declining performance unlike bowlers from other nations who last longer and keep on improving.

  • bistaumanga on September 13, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    I can't believe Rahane is not in the indian team. Had he been born somewhere else, he would already been an established batsman in world cricket for atleast couple of years. How can a player not get a chance after having 3 successful seasons in domestic cricket and being too successful in IPL.And for whom he is being neglected??? Rohit sharma in limited overs and Suresh Raina in tests....its really disappointing for not only him but for other good youngsters coming too.....

  • KEVINSL on September 13, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    @ sidh78:- please mention further India's under 13 and under 15 champions

  • mtalhas on September 13, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    MSD should get his basics right first.he shud know that part timers are not allrounders.in that case every team has part timers bc every one knows how to bat and bowl.

  • vxttemp on September 13, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    Cut the crap against Dhoni. Tell me one era where India's bowling if not great at least par attack. Remember his innings in the WC final. He didn't play well against Kiwis in the last T20 But I'll not care even if he scores ducks for another 3 years but gets a WC for India. India waited, sorry I waited almost for 30 years to get one WC.

  • Masud_BITK on September 13, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Don't Dhoni consider Irfan Pathan a genuine alrounder in his team. I see him a genuine alrounder. Bhaji is also good alrounder in T20 cricket. . If spin does not work well in SL turf, I see no future of India/BD/SriLanka to win this T20 title. BD will be dead then, Sri lanka can't win by Malinga effect only, India can't win by batters only. In this prospect, SA, Pak, Poms and AU have the better chance then.

  • maddy20 on September 13, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    @ Costa Cruiser That is why we are confident. After not long ago we thrashed you in your own backyard in two different formats after you have beaten Pakistan! In Asian conditions the only two deadly teams are Pak and WI Aus and SA to a lesser extent. SL, Eng etc., are the teams no one worries about!

  • on September 13, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    I suggest that Dhoni if he wins the toss against Afghan will want to bowl first because Afghan will be a test of how well India can chase down a target.....(Again) I suggest in the 1st match Dhoni should play more bowlers than batsmen to test each bowler on how they fair against a not so good T20 side. We know how well our batsmen are, should test bowlers in 1st match and then against England play both Bhajji and Aswin because I got a feeling England won't do well against spin

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 13, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    A lot of people here simply LOVE to hate on team India. What do you guys expect Dhoni to say ??? He's only stating the obvious. India's major weakness is their bowling. Having said that, the part time bowlers have won MANY games for India, especially in the sub continent. The pitches will be slow and low and people like Yuvraj Singh, Raina, Rohit Sharma etc can provide cheap overs without going for a lot of runs. This is exactly what Dhoni is saying. Why not make use of such players when the team has them ? I see the SENSE in Dhoni's statement unlike some people here who know NOTHING about team dynamics and captaincy. I am not a cricket pundit myself but it's not that hard to see through Dhoni's logic. Although I must say Dhoni has to improve on his strike rate as a batsman. There WILL be games like the one against NZ during the World T20.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 13, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    @landl47: Once again a narrow minded comment directed towards team India. Spinning wickets or not, Sri Lankan pitches WILL NOT be something the English, Aussies, South Africans etc love playing on; I can bet my life on it. Having said that, India are an EXCELLENT T20 and ODI team irrespective of conditions. I believe India can make it to the last 4. It's hard to predict who will win it from there. A lot of factors come into play. But I am darn sure the SL pitches haven't become like the WACA all of a sudden. They will still be typical Asian pitches with plenty of runs in them and will progressively slow down as the game goes on.

  • Alexk400 on September 12, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    india can win only sehwag - gambhir clicks

  • terrifyingwarriors on September 12, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    I dont why this Indian fans are so upset abt the T20 against NZ. NZ got lucky! I have 100% faith in Indian team & that includes MS & Rohit S...

  • lovepork on September 12, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    Dhoni, you need to be more agressive and should contribute in batting, your batting was the reason why India lost to Kiwis by one run! sometime you make very silly mistakes which cost the team a lot!

  • Htc-Android on September 12, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    4 overs of part time bowling in t20s is an absolute suicide. if one of their main bowler have off day, that will cause more problems for them.

  • landl47 on September 12, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    If the pitches in Sri Lanka really don't favor spin any more (and if that's so they've changed a good deal since England toured there 6 months ago, when the spinners took a lot of wickets) then India has no chance. However, I suspect Dhoni is just talking his side's chances down. All the subcontinental teams will be relying on wickets favoring spinners and you can bet they'll get them.

  • kc69 on September 12, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    And some good finishing is also important mr.MSD

  • on September 12, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    dhoni make bla b;la bla bla bla......who cares your strong batting liner.... if quick three wickets down india giveup the game... dont remember dhoni you and your team playing in SRILANKA . this is not a india.

  • chapathishot on September 12, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    With these so called part-timers ,It would be great for India to reach the semis .A clear example was against kiwis ,Dhoni choose to bowl because he was not confident in his bowling able to defend what ever the batsmen posts .With this bowling line up winning a single game in super 8 looks difficult as India are in a tough group with Aus ,SA and Pak .

  • sidh78 on September 12, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    to all sl-pak fans check indias record india won 3 wc on fast green bouncy tracks.50-1983-eng.T20-2007-SA.U-19-2012-AUS.cb series in aus 2008.nest west series in england beat england by chasing 326 record.thrash sl in hobart in 36 ovrs.test series win eng -Nz -2007-2010.draw test ser.in SA 2011.DOMINATE THE DRAW TEST. not talking about subconti recorde which is more awsome.no other team in world have such record.

  • on September 12, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Can somebody get a gag-order on this guy? He's driveling.

  • Nampally on September 12, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    MSD: If India can win the matches just because of their strong batting, how come they failed to chase 167 Vs. NZ? The fact is no team can entirely rely on their batting or bowling especially in T-20. You got to Bowl, Field & Bat strongly to Win. There no genuine all rounders in the Indian team but Yuvraj is the closest to one. Both Irfan Pathan & Ashwin albeit classified as bowlers can bat well. Sehwag is the most accurate of the part time bowlers. Bedi called him the best off spinner in India!. It will be unwise to risk using Kohli for bowling because he is the best Indian batsmen. India must go in with 2 good seamers in addition to Irfan & Ashwin/Harbhajan as bowlers. ZAK is one. The other seamer is in India but not in the squad. Both Balaji & Dinda are questionable. All Nations have 4 good seamers in their squad except India. 5th bowler share could be spread between Yuvraj & Sehwag/Rohit/Raina - Not Kohli. But India must reinforce the squad with 2 New seamers to be contenders.

  • loke_cricfan on September 12, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni until you improve your batting in t20, India will not win the cup, your strike rate below 110...

  • on September 12, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Mr Dhoni is the only player who is disturbing the balance of the side

  • streetblader on September 12, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    If that's the case, then i hope you drop out of the team, MS, coz u are useless...

  • on September 12, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    On what basis is Dhoni talking about I have no idea, this method hs been done and dusted by previous Captains like Ganguly, what MS is saying spinners wont be effective in SriLanka in T20...biggest mistake he is making..The saffies n english spinners will show him how a specialist spinners even in T20 will make a big difference.

  • legend348 on September 12, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Pitches minds nothing for a team, well targeted toward one goal. Chak de india.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on September 12, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    I think first of all Indian Cricket Board should teach all players that how they can play for their conutry!!! Yesterday's match between India Vs New Zealand was another example of Player's selfishness. According to me Sri Lanka, South Africa, Australia & Pakistan will be in Semi final. Rest of the Things in GOD's Hands. For Indians, this time world cup is not in India so please stop watching dreams and don't try to make big statements which will feel you embarrass later on.

  • sankar038 on September 12, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    thats the way mahi ve... 7+4 is the better option... my 11 would be 1.sewag 2.gautam 3.kholi 4. yuvi 5.rohit 6.dhoni 7.raina 8.pathan 9.aswin/bhajji 10.zaheer 11.balajii if aswin dnt abale to take wicket n control run then bajjiii is suitable... rohit should be given chance bcoz he can be super t20 batsmen, dnt forget his innings against ausess where he fought againts fired up balls of oz...:p

  • sathish008 on September 12, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Meaning Dhoni is not going to play Bhajji even a single game. It would be Ashwin plus the part-timers.

  • ProdigyA on September 12, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Just had a look at the teams and i think this is going to be a very exciting tournament. T20 format being very unpredictable and also that all top 8 teams are pretty much evenly matched, so it could be anybody's game.

  • on September 12, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Our coaCh whatmore and captain should listen to Dhoni and Sanga as our management believe that in srilanka spinners will get handy help but we have seen recently pacers are getting more help more wickets so we should nt experiment with spin heavy attack and should play sami gul and junaid or two of them atleast alongwith razzak otherwise we will be kicked out before semis which never happened in the past as our group is the most difficult one with kiwis and bengal tigerzz .

  • CaptainKool on September 12, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Yup MSD, you are right!!!!

  • on September 12, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Translation: "Forget it, Bhajji".

  • on September 12, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Has he forgotten Sehwag ... oh hang on they dont get along well do they ..! lol

  • on September 12, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Our coaCh whatmore and captain should listen to Dhoni and Sanga as our management believe that in srilanka spinners will get handy help but we have seen recently pacers are getting more help more wickets so we should nt experiment with spin heavy attack and should play sami gul and junaid or two of them atleast alongwith razzak otherwise we will be kicked out before semis which never happened in the past as our group is the most difficult one with kiwis and bengal tigerzz .

  • alchemist_sandeep on September 12, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    my semifinal 4 teams are south africa, pakistan, srilanka,india or west indies...india have problem of 5th bowler and lack finisher at num 7 as rohit,irfan can'n't finish match....w.i have 2-3 good all rounder...same i can say for pakistan and srilanka...south africa is most balanced and inform now..they have very gud bowling attack and balance batting...kallis will be the key 4 them...

  • nikhil1122 on September 12, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Dhoni has to realize that he has been riding on a lot of luck in the past couple of years. Its time to groom Virat as the captain for ODI and T20 sides.

  • on September 12, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Our coaCh whatmore and captain should listen to Dhoni and Sanga as our management believe that in srilanka spinners will get handy help but we have seen recently pacers are getting more help more wickets so we should nt experiment with spin heavy attack and should play sami gul and junaid or two of them atleast alongwith razzak otherwise we will be kicked out before semis which never happened in the past as our group is the most difficult one with kiwis and bengal tigerzz .

  • Atifkhan3489 on September 12, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    I'm pakistani & waiting 4 indo-pak series held in dec.this should be the battle between pakistan bowling attack and india batting attack.wishing a good contest between two good teams.if india wins the series difference should b kohli and if pakistan win, ajmal should be the difference.

  • on September 12, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    y not we have irfan. he is a genuine allrounder. y only accept ravindra jadeja as an allrounder.lol

  • on September 12, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    You learn how to bat, the game which we would have won easily in ODI also... you lost in t20. It was 47run from 42ball with 7 wickets in hand, what the hell had stopped you taking singles.

  • passion_for_crick on September 12, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    I expect India to clear the super 6 or 8 this time, as they should fair better n the sub continent. Then from semis it depends on seriousness and whos day it is. My prediction Tpo 4 : Ind | Pak | SA | SL [Ind|Pak|SL should be there as happened in 2011 ODI W.Cup, SA on current form] Then Anyone's game. Prolly 1 of Ind | Pak | SA.

  • Thamara on September 12, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    About 10 years ago, Sri Lankan pitches were regarded as paradises for spinners. But that situation has changed quite a lot by now because of some reason. And also, Nowadays, scoring 300 in an ODI in a sri lankan pitch apart from SSC, has been a tough thing even for home team. Therefore, upcoming T20 world cup would not certainly be as entertaining as previous T20 world cups. Neither many sixes nor fours would be hit but there will be a close battle between bat and bowl. In a way it will be more entertaining than sixes being hit. But People would rather see sixes and fours being hit in a T20 match than seeing wickets being taken. Even SLPL has not lived up to the expectations by any means. Because Sri Lankan cricket fans are very knowledgeable ones and they don't want to watch matches played only for money. But I reckon, there will be more spectators for the T20 world cup than there were for IPL. But it will never get to the quality of previous world cups.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 12, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Well, at least he's honest. India have always relied strongly on batting, which has brought about their demise in test cricket. Part-time bowlers will indeed be crucial because the main frontline bowlers are questionable at best. Still a very entertaining team though. Good luck India.

  • on September 12, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    If u want to win the world cup....u need to have bhajji in your side....no matter what the pitch report is......no matter his current form......he is a genuine match winner for the Indian team..!!!!

  • Irfann on September 12, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    part timers will sink India... from there four overs will come 30+ in every match

  • neerajprasher on September 12, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    We have Sehwag also he can bowl one over.its better to have Tiwary in playing XI,he can bowl legbreak googly not Mr.experienced Rohit sharma.my team would be -Sehwag,Gambhir,Kohli,Raina,Yuvraj,Tiwary,Dhoni,Pathan,Ashwin,Zaheer,Balaji or can drop Balaji n Bhajji can give u a good bowling attack.zaheer can bowl 4 overs,pathan 4,ashwin 4 ,bhajji 4,tiwary,raina,yuvraj,sehwag or kohli can bowl 1 over each depends on sitution.Good Luck Team INDIA

  • NewYorkCricket on September 12, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    "We don't have a genuine allrounder". Irfan is a very genuine all rounder Mr Captain!! Why are we wasting the number 7 position with a batsman. Why not put Irfan Pathan there an include another bowler.

  • Narbavi on September 12, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Especially with the kind of bowling attack we have, we need 5overs from the part timers, infact Raina is one guy who sometimes can send down economical overs, and this team doesn't need Rohit Sharma, we can play 6 batsmen and irfan at no.7!!

  • Hari28395 on September 12, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    I think India have got a genuine all rounder in irfan.Dhoni needs to check his DEATH BOWLING than anything if India are to win this tournament.I would give 2 overs each to Zak and Irfan first,then use irfan if i need wickets in between and no matter what happens Zak gets to bowl over 18 and 20 and of course NOT MORE THAN FOUR OVERS TO PART TIMERS.

  • on September 12, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    sehwag must be in the squad bcoz if he doesnt fire then it is very tough going for team india..................

  • GerrardLK on September 12, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Yuvi doesn't look fit. So they can replace him with Sachin. He scores faster than Yuvi. Turns the bowl better than Ashwin. Very dynamic on field. And a good leader to support Dhoni as well. More importantly he's India's God. Even the rain falls after Sachin's will.

  • on September 12, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    We have to hope Dhoni does not lose us anymore matches.

  • Munafis810 on September 12, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    A succesful strategy considering India has Kohli, Sehwag, Raina, Yuvraj and Rohit(if he is in team). Each one can be entrusted to bowl 2 overs each with the bowler who bowls best on day bieng asked to continue. Irfan and Zak/Dinda can bowl 4 each and Bhaji and/or Ashwin rest depending on team combination. My team for T20 Wcup - Gambhir,Sehwag,Kohli,Raina,Yuvraj, Dhoni,Pathan,Bhaji,Ashwin,Balaji and Zak/Dinda . One could also consider Tiwary in place of Bhajii as he bowls leg spin. Bottom line is 10 overs will need to bowled by part timers while speclist bowlers can bowl rest 10....The key is rotating them wisely so batters are never sure who bowls when and how much overs thus making them go after bowling from start and there in lies India's wicket taking chances.

  • on September 12, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    plzz dont choose rohit sharma to play in any format hes just ipl made harbhajan bats better then him

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  • on September 12, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    plzz dont choose rohit sharma to play in any format hes just ipl made harbhajan bats better then him

  • Munafis810 on September 12, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    A succesful strategy considering India has Kohli, Sehwag, Raina, Yuvraj and Rohit(if he is in team). Each one can be entrusted to bowl 2 overs each with the bowler who bowls best on day bieng asked to continue. Irfan and Zak/Dinda can bowl 4 each and Bhaji and/or Ashwin rest depending on team combination. My team for T20 Wcup - Gambhir,Sehwag,Kohli,Raina,Yuvraj, Dhoni,Pathan,Bhaji,Ashwin,Balaji and Zak/Dinda . One could also consider Tiwary in place of Bhajii as he bowls leg spin. Bottom line is 10 overs will need to bowled by part timers while speclist bowlers can bowl rest 10....The key is rotating them wisely so batters are never sure who bowls when and how much overs thus making them go after bowling from start and there in lies India's wicket taking chances.

  • on September 12, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    We have to hope Dhoni does not lose us anymore matches.

  • GerrardLK on September 12, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Yuvi doesn't look fit. So they can replace him with Sachin. He scores faster than Yuvi. Turns the bowl better than Ashwin. Very dynamic on field. And a good leader to support Dhoni as well. More importantly he's India's God. Even the rain falls after Sachin's will.

  • on September 12, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    sehwag must be in the squad bcoz if he doesnt fire then it is very tough going for team india..................

  • Hari28395 on September 12, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    I think India have got a genuine all rounder in irfan.Dhoni needs to check his DEATH BOWLING than anything if India are to win this tournament.I would give 2 overs each to Zak and Irfan first,then use irfan if i need wickets in between and no matter what happens Zak gets to bowl over 18 and 20 and of course NOT MORE THAN FOUR OVERS TO PART TIMERS.

  • Narbavi on September 12, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Especially with the kind of bowling attack we have, we need 5overs from the part timers, infact Raina is one guy who sometimes can send down economical overs, and this team doesn't need Rohit Sharma, we can play 6 batsmen and irfan at no.7!!

  • NewYorkCricket on September 12, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    "We don't have a genuine allrounder". Irfan is a very genuine all rounder Mr Captain!! Why are we wasting the number 7 position with a batsman. Why not put Irfan Pathan there an include another bowler.

  • neerajprasher on September 12, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    We have Sehwag also he can bowl one over.its better to have Tiwary in playing XI,he can bowl legbreak googly not Mr.experienced Rohit sharma.my team would be -Sehwag,Gambhir,Kohli,Raina,Yuvraj,Tiwary,Dhoni,Pathan,Ashwin,Zaheer,Balaji or can drop Balaji n Bhajji can give u a good bowling attack.zaheer can bowl 4 overs,pathan 4,ashwin 4 ,bhajji 4,tiwary,raina,yuvraj,sehwag or kohli can bowl 1 over each depends on sitution.Good Luck Team INDIA

  • Irfann on September 12, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    part timers will sink India... from there four overs will come 30+ in every match