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Dhoni is not happy

Chennai: Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday took a dig at his own bowlers saying very few in the current squad were capable of bowling two bouncers in an over.

Critical of the new rules introduced in the one-day format, the Indian captain laughed when asked how he was going to take advantage of the rule that allows a bowler to bowl two bouncers in an over.

“We are not even bowling one, how will we bowl two,” asked a smiling Dhoni. “That’s the reality. Once we get fast bowlers like Umesh (Yadav) back in the team, we will try to use it but as of now, out of two, we will keep one bouncer in the pocket,” he added.

Dhoni, however, was quick to back his young bowlers and said: “We have a few young bowlers. Sometimes, it is difficult for them to bowl when there is dew. They will also take time to adapt to the rule changes. All these are to be taken into account and we will have to back them... At the end of the day they are the future of the team.”

Dhoni said young bowlers line Parvinder Awana and Bhuvneshwar Kumar should be judged only after they play enough matches. “We will have to provide them opportunities. It will only happen once they play few games at the international level. Domestic cricket is quite different from international games. They need more exposure and should spend more time at the top level.”

Dhoni had a word of praise for the Pakistan team and said they had a good bowling attack. “Overall, Pakistan are a very good team. They have specialist bowlers and always have five bowlers for a match. In a way, I feel they have a complete bowling attack and experienced batsmen who can bat well under any condition. Their specialist spinners are also performing well,” the Indian captain said.

On Mohammed Irfan, Dhoni said: “He is definitely a bit different. You can say he is quarter of a feet faster. He gets lot of bounce... We have to be cautious.”

Dhoni made it clear he was no fan of the changes made in the one-day rules. “Personally, I am not very happy with the new rules. Too many changes have been made in ODI rules. In the recent past, we watched lot of teams scoring 300 plus scores, which were chased by the other teams. The present changes might make it like T20. All formats have their own characters and it should be retained.

“Now you will have five fielders inside... We will now have to find out what should be the right score and what could be chased... There are so many things,” said Dhoni.

On Sunday’s first one dayer, Dhoni said it was important to go by what the situation demands. “The toss might make an impact... After all, the match is starting at 9 am. I haven’t seen the wicket but if it rains, we will have to see.”

The skipper was confident that India would be doing well in the one-day series.