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Part-timers’ role will be key for us, says Dhoni
Indian captain feels Yuvraj's return will add to the balance of the side
12 September 2012 - 09:27pm IST
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes the form of his part-time bowlers will be the key to winning ICC World Twenty20 2012.
''We as a side rely a lot on our batsmen. But the part-time bowlers will be crucial to our chances. They bowl 10 over and eight over spells in one-day cricket, but they are essentially part-timers. We have got plenty of variety in that sense. We have to therefore ensure that they do not go for too many runs. If that happens then we will be a good side,’’ said Dhoni at the pre-event media conference in Dubai on Wednesday.
Dhoni believes the return of Yuvraj Singh from illness has added the balance of the squad.
"We do not play with a fifth bowler. We play with seven batsmen as we do not really have an all-rounder. But Yuvraj, Virat Kohli can bowl a bit and this also adds depth to the batting," said Dhoni.
The change in the nature of pitches in Sri Lanka as observed by many has caught Dhoni’s attention too.
"When I first came to Sri Lanka in 20005 the pitches were different. But now it has changed. There is a bit of help for the seamers and even the spinners come into play,'' said Dhoni.
India's pace attack features a few experienced names like Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan along with comeback man Laskhmipathy Balaji. Dhoni reckoned that his pacemen will be able to exploit the changed conditions well.
"It is not like our seamers have not performed well. They are used to these shorter formats. If the pitches do help them, then our seamers will get a chance to explore themselves. If you see our fast bowlers are specialists in this format as they feature in the ODI team as well as the T20 team. Especially someone like Balaji who has the experience and the variations for this format," said Dhoni.
India is drawn in Group A in the tournament alongside Afghanistan and England. The India captain is however not willing to take Afghanistan lightly.
“We respect all our opposition. We want to completely eradicate complacency. It helps us perform at our best," said Dhoni.
Dhoni believes a good start will ensure that the squad has enough momentum to take it to the business end of the tournament.
"In this tournament we are playing considerable number of games unlike in a bilateral series where we play just one or two games, plus we also have two warm-up games, so momentum will help a bit. But the format is such that the momentum can change quite a bit in the same game and can at times vary from game to game. So it is good to have the momentum but it is definitely not the main factor,'' added Dhoni.
The India captain has led his side to ICC World Twenty20 title in the inaugural event in 2007, then led his side to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 triumph and has also seen his Test team become the number one ranked nation.
Does Dhoni have any other ambition? "I do not mind repeating it all over again. That will be a big positive for us,'' concluded Dhoni.
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