| Mohammed Irfan, on Tuesday. A Telegraph picture |
Bangalore: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted at the post-match media conference that their total of 133 wasn’t a defendable total.
“Pakistan’s fast bowlers were really bowling well. Mohammed Irfan is a very effective and an unusual bowler. You don’t really see a fast bowler who is 7 feet tall. But our openers adjusted to the pace and got us off to a good start… It was a fantastic effort by the openers… But then, we kept losing wickets at regular intervals. We definitely lost because we could not score enough runs. We could have easily set a target of around 150 runs had we applied ourselves. Now, we need to move on and try not to repeat same kind of mistakes,” said Dhoni, here on Tuesday.
But why did the Indian players fail to apply themselves?
Dhoni said: “They were bowling to a tight line in the middle overs. It stemmed our run flow. So, we had to go for the big shots. But we failed in our attempt and lost wickets in quick succession. That’s the reason we could not score enough runs.”
Swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was a revelation. He returned with figures of 4-0-9-3. Commenting on the debutant, Dhoni said: “We have an exciting bunch of fast bowlers. If we can groom them well, they can be really good prospects for us. Bhuvneshwar can swing the ball both ways. He was really effective. Also, the wicket assisted him and he maintained a good line and length. Hopefully, he will continue with the good work in the coming matches. Ashok Dinda is also someone who has shown massive improvement over a period of time. He can do a lot of death bowling for us.”
Asked the reason behind leaving out Ravichandran Ashwin and going for three fast bowlers, Dhoni said: “Ashwin has been one of our main bowlers. But then, of late, he had been effective only in the first six overs because once the field opened up he had gone for runs.
So when we decided to play with three seamers, we decided to give a chance to Ravindra Jadeja. We thought if Yuvraj had a bad day, then we could rely on Jadeja. At the same time, we had other resources as well like Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma.”
Dhoni also defended his strategy of giving Jadeja the last over. “We took the gamble some three or four overs before that in finishing quota of fast bowlers. At that time, Pakistan were scoring at a high pace, we had to take that gamble.”