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Dhoni: India might experiment with one spot

India captain MS Dhoni talks about rotating players during the ODI series against South Africa and the importance of the toss in the second ODI in Johannesburg (00:00)

January 14, 2011

Posted by   on (January 15, 2011, 6:08 GMT)

@Nampally - I agree with most of the part of your comment except your third last quote : " This Indian batting cannot score more than 250 runs." This batting lineup is capable of scoring as many runs as the full strengh Indian lineup.

@Abhimanyu - If you had watched the match more closely you would have noticed that ASHISH NEHRA WAS SPENDING RUNS AS IF HE WERE BILL GATES.Dhoni didn't have much of an option at that point.He saved Zaheer and Munaf for death overs where no one would risk bowling part-timers. Moreover the part-timers pulled off three important wickets for India.

My conclusion:Present Indian Squad is as good a team as SA. Dhoni is the best... ;)

Posted by Nampally on (January 14, 2011, 18:53 GMT)

Dhoni is either in dreamland or deliberately playing with fire. Nehra bowling @ 10 runs/over is losing the match even before it starts - Replace him with Ashwin. He needs to be in the XI to boost up an atrociously weak bowling. Entire Indian batting has to come up big instead of total reliance on Sachin. India relied on Sehwag, Sachin & Gambhir in the past. Now they just have Sachin. Yuvraj is not a #4 bat, drop him to #5 or #6. Kohli #3, Dhoni, Sharma or Raina at #4. Pace bowlers are not doing much. Why not go with just 2 - Zaheer & Patel/sree/Ishant. Make sure the bowlers are bowling at less than 5 runs/over. This Indian batting cannot score more than 250 runs. When India loses due to lack of intensity, drastic changes are needed.Captain has to put his foot down & reprimand the guilty.

Posted by Abhimanyu on (January 14, 2011, 16:25 GMT)

Its simple India lost the match because of that 130 run partnership!! between AB de Villers and JP Duminy. India were only 1 wicket away from win, but that didn't happen because of MSD's terrible policy of bowling part-timers in ODIs whenever the opposition is struggling. They were able to make those easy runs because of this....

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