Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has disclosed India’s strategy to go with five specialist bowlers in the opening World T20 Super Eight match against Australia. To implement the strategy, Dhoni will have to drop one batsman, and he called it one of the toughest
decisions of his career to choose between Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh.
"We would most likely go in with five bowlers but I still don’t know what will be the combination. It will be a fresh wicket and we have to take into consideration how it will be before the start of the match," Dhoni told the reporters at his pre-match media
"It is one of the toughest decisions I have taken so far. We will have to see what fits the combinations. Just wait and watch. Ultimately the decision we take has to be a good one that benefits the team."
Talking about his team’s tactic to counter Australia’s devastating opening pair of Shane Watson and David Warner, Dhoni admitted the Men in Blue need to bowl in the right areas in order to stop them from taking a good start. Meanwhile, he showed complete
trust in his team, saying that the guys have the guts to do well in any situation.
"The bowlers will certainly need some variety up their sleeves. If you look at our team, we have players who have had decent amount of exposure having played quite a few ODIs and Tests. And when one talks about short balls, it’s a problem as much for us
as for any other team. But one needs to work the way around," he described.
The World Cup winning captain opined that it is very important that the top-order batsmen scored well, because the sub-continent wickets star getting slower after the first eight overs of the innings.
"If you look at the sub-continental tracks, the ball comes onto bat for the first eight overs. Then from 8th-12th, the game slows down as wickets fall. That’s why it is important for the top four batsmen of any side to score as many runs as possible till
the time the ball comes onto the bat," he added.