India v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam November 25, 2013

Dew made conditions unfair - Dhoni

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MS Dhoni, the India captain, has said the dew in Visakhapatnam during the second ODI created "unfair" conditions for them while bowling and fielding. Dhoni said he did not expect so much dew right from the beginning of the match, in which West Indies chased 289 in the last over with two wickets to spare to level the three-match series 1-1.

"I think it was a bit unfair. It becomes a bit unfair when in this time of the year you play with so much of dew with two or three spinners," Dhoni said. "But that's part and parcel of the game. It was tough to field with the amount of dew. We saw a few of the fielders throwing the ball to the wicketkeeper and it went to the short third man areas. That's something tough."

At the time of the toss, which West Indies won to put India in to bat, Dhoni had said he would have opted to chase as well because they had been doing that well and because of the dew factor.

"It was a very bad toss to lose," Dhoni said. "At this time of the year, we never expected the dew to fall so early. Right from the first over itself there was plenty of dew. The outfield was completely wet. There was no real swing for the fast bowlers. I don't think [there was] much for the spinners, there was a glimpse of turn when the ball was changed."

When asked about Yuvraj Singh's form, Dhoni backed the middle-order batsman to fire after his recent run of below-par scores.

"He is someone who can bat well at No. 4, someone who can really dominate the opposition," Dhoni said. "Last few games, he has struggled a bit. At times it happens when you're under pressure, the first 15-20 deliveries become crucial. If you're not able to pass that phase, you have to be considerate about it. Once he gets a few runs, you'll see a different Yuvraj Singh."

Yuvraj's scores in the this series read 28 and an unbeaten 16, and in the seven-match ODI series against Australia, in which over 3500 runs were scored in 11 innings, he managed 19 runs from four innings with a highest score of 12.

"Apart from the talent he has, he's someone who does really well once he's confident and dominates a tournament or series by series," Dhoni said. "He makes sure the team wins a tournament."

Dhoni also said Yuvraj needs to be given more time to get comfortable with the No. 4 slot in the line-up. Suresh Raina had been India's No. 4 in the ODI series against Australia after Ambati Rayudu was tried at the same position against Zimbabwe, and Dinesh Karthik had batted at No. 4 in most of the games in the tri-series in the West Indies and in the Champions Trophy in England.

"Yuvi is under a bit of pressure," Dhoni said. "We wanted Yuvi to be comfortable at his slot. He has batted well at No. 4. Give him a series. Raina has also done well at 5. We are just looking at options. We don't really have any options. I still stand by it. But at the same time, we need to see if we can take some pressure off Yuvi."

Dhoni also backed the bowlers, who were unable to defend 289, and said they did a "fantastic job" to take the match into the final overs and only the spinners, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, conceded less than six runs per over.

"The bowlers did a fantastic job to take the game to the last over," Dhoni said. "Overall I'm very happy with the performance. It was tough for them. But I was happy with the way they bowled as a unit. If you see the whole of 2013, they have done well."

The final match of the series will be played in Kanpur and since it is a day game, it's unlikely the dew will be a factor.

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  • Manesh on November 30, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great. Funny thing is that I can't find a 'Dew factor' reason in India Vs Australia matches. Dhoni pointed about flat pitches and fielding restrictions which too in matches where India won. Then how can you compare Baily and Dhoni in an Ind Vs WI series!

  • Monoz on November 28, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully: I was tryng to show Bailys professionalism and Gentlemenliness. It is unfair for the winner when the looser highlights this issue and especially only when they loose.

  • Manesh on November 28, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great. No one asked him to be quiet!. Why are you critisizing MSD for Baily's silence on that! May be Baily was not aware of that?

  • mathew on November 27, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Posted by Hesam on (November 26, 2013, 8:54 GMT), During World Cup 2011 final, it was Srilanka who won the toss and decided to bat first by knowing the condition of dew in the late night.So you can't blame the Indians for srilankan team failure.If they want ,they could have asked india to bat first.So no point to complain here.

  • Monoz on November 27, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully: Yea it could be true mate. But the problem is that dew factor comes to play only when Ind looses otherwise no mention of dew. Baily never complained on dew even if we lost or won.

  • Manesh on November 27, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great. They are not excuses, dude. Read second sentence, he accepted that it as a parcel with the game. He explained what was the problem there. Whats wrong in that? He need to kept quiet in the press?

  • Srinivas on November 27, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    @Nampally, I'll be hard-pressed to believe that full-tosses are by design. Yes, they need to take time to dry the ball. I agree on that point.

  • trevor on November 26, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    The West Indies will have something to prove again -IE-:That is that they are on the ascendency in World cricket.They will make a statement to India that not only can they compete with the top four teams, but that they can beat them.Bravo will be looking to show his counterpart-MS Dhoni that the team earned their win, and they will.Bravo will look to reward the selectors and fans that he is deserving of the trust that has been placed upon him.Rampaul and Co. will bowl India to a standstill-meaning they will show them that anything they do-We will equal or surpass.No Kidding. If Narine gets early wickets, he will be marvelous,hard to pick and harder to play.Confidence levels will rise.Windies fielding must improve along with their shot selection-I AM backing Samuels to score heavenly-yes folks-HEAVENLY.Team work will be the key-playing as a unit-M0re awareness from Bravos,Powell,Walton, Simmons and Co.Darren Sammy will give his all-Tonight it will be enough.

  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    India should have won that match but blaming the playing condition is not a right option, i understand getting defeated by WI at home is shame but no worries India will win in KANPUR truely said by @Rally_Windies Indian Bowlers will learn from this Defeat .

  • Ashok on November 26, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    @Dravid_Sachin_Gravitas_Atheist: I watched the game when Sammy was batting - including the last 15 overs. Kumar bowled well on length spot. But when Sammy swung him for 4 towards mid wicket, he bowled 2 full tosses in a row. Shami started with length ball but as soon as he got hit he bowled a full toss -slogged for six. He followed it up with another lower full toss - a single to mid off. When ever Sammy came (not other bats) they were bowling him full tosses & I was getting mad!. It seems strange to think it was a coincidence or due to ball slipping!. It was clearly by design - which back fired! Shami got 2 wkts in an over which had Zero full tosses- one short of a length outside the off- caught by Dhoni & another short pitch ball caught by Rayudu. Shami @ 140 + KPH should use the pitch to do the magic for him. I sympathize with India for having to deal with a wet ball. But there was sawdust + towels provided to dry the ball. Take your time to dry the ball & make every ball count!

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