No more experiments, says MS Dhoni
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has admitted that his experimental strategy did not work during triangular series in Australia, saying that the time for experiments is over.
Team Blue is in do-or-die situation at the moment as the Indians needs to win Sunday’s crucial game against Australia in order to stay alive in the series.
In the pre-match press conference, Dhoni revealed that he would go with three regular opening batsmen rather putting a pinch hitter at top of the order.
"We have three genuine, proper openers. I see no good reason why I should sent in a pinch-hitter. All three score at a brisk pace, they are good at hitting boundaries as well as in taking singles. "There is no requirement of a pinch hitter when all three
are playing," said Dhoni.
Dhoni’s rotation policy came under severe criticism as the Men in Blue failed to do anything special in the series. With only a couple of games left in the series, a defeat will eliminate India’s chances to qualify to the next round.
Referring to Mahela Jayawardene who promoted himself up the order in order to spend more time on the crease, Dhoni said that the game has changed after the rule of two new balls.
"The game has changed slightly with two new balls, one from each end. If the top order can spend more time and we have wickets in hands later, we could look to accelerate,” he stated.
The wicket-keeper batsman added, "That should be the mantra as of now. It’s not been great going for us so far. Our strength is different from Sri Lanka and Australia. Sticking to your own strength is really important. It’s important to keep learning from
each and every game, especially in the areas where we have to improve as a side. It’s important we don’t repeat the mistakes we have been making as a team. It would help us do well."
India’s batting stalwarts such as Viredner Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar are yet to play a big innings on the tour Down Under. However, the skipper hoped that the entire side will perform well in the remaining of the series.