ICC World Twenty20 2012 September 12, 2012

Dhoni stresses importance of part-time bowlers

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • sidh 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)

  • Sirsak 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

  • Sirsak 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.

  • Praveen 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.

  • sourav 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.

  • Aditya 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.

  • Praveen 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.

  • mathew 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.

  • Anushka 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.

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

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

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