Have to segregate our three bowling units for formats: Dhoni

Sports Saturday 23/January/2016 19:01 PM
By: Times News Service
Have to segregate our three bowling units for formats: Dhoni

Sydney: Hammered all through, India's bowling woes dominated Mahendra Singh Dhoni's assessment of the ODI debacle against Australia and the skipper on Saturday said the national team needs to have different attacks for all three formats of the game.
"As we move forward, we have to get aligned as to who are our best T20 and ODI bowlers, and who are our Test bowlers and we have to segregate accordingly. We can't have similar bowlers in all formats," Dhoni said at the post-match press conference.
"We have been struggling when it comes to the team composition. Even when we came here last time, we didn't have a good line-up. We did well in the World Cup because the bowlers picked up and bowled well. Our batting has always been settled, but we have also make mistakes while struggling with our bowling."
That he is still not sure about the abilities of Rishi Dhawan and Gurkeerat Mann was evident when asked why he did not start hitting earlier in today's cliffhanger during which India chased down a record 331 to clinch a consolation win.
"Considering what happened in Canberra, I didn't want to play the big shot and take chances, because after me there were only Gurkeerat Mann, Ravindra Jadeja and Rishi Dhawan. So I thought if I am finding it difficult, why will they find it easy. The good thing was that Manish Pandey was set and the partnership kept building as neither of us got out."
However, he was all praise for centurion Manish Pandey and debutant pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
"The kind of innings Manish has played today will give him an extra 10-15 ODIs, where you can really settle in and start to do what you need to at the international level, adapting to the demands of the game. A lot will change when you play at different venues and in different conditions. As of now he is someone who looks good at No five," Dhoni said on Saturday.
"Manish batted really well, but we are forgetting about Jasprit Bumrah's bowling. He was fantastic. The very first game he played, he bowled well with new ball, in the middle and in the death also. That's the kind of bowlers we are looking for. "He has got the variations, along with an awkward action.
We need to help take pressure off bowlers because someone or the other is conceding 75 runs from 10 overs always. In turn, it also puts pressure on the batting line-up," he added.