Dhoni pleased with Rohit’s form
Indian captain wants other batsmen to be tested as well
After following up the win over Pakistan with a seven-wicket victory against West Indies, MS Dhoni is pleased with his bowlers’ performance in the World Twenty20 so far. However, while the Indian bowlers are passing the test with flying colours, the captain acknowledges his middle-order batsmen are yet to be tested.
"We are playing well, so it doesn't really matter to me that all of us should get a chance,” Dhoni said after the win. “Our bowling has been tested while batting not so far. Hopefully, in the coming matches the other batsmen will get a chance,” referring to the fact that he wasn’t required to bat in either of the matches.
He was, however, glad to see Rohit Sharma back in form with an unbeaten 62 against West Indies. "It was important for Rohit to bat through, that will add on to the confidence. It was a slow wicket and batting here does well to the confidence of a batsman. We all know the kind of batsman he is on a pitch like this and he will take plenty from this game.”
While overall pleased with his bowlers’ efforts, Dhoni showed some concern over the absence of a reliable death bowler. “To some extent it is (a concern),” he said.
"We don't really have a banker, that most of the sides have, someone to fall back on in the 18th and 20th over. We are playing games to some extent, to see who is better suited, depending on the conditions,” Dhoni said.
The drastic improvement in India’s bowling performance in the tournament has a lot to do with Amit Mishra’s in-form return to the team. The leg-spinner was the catalyst in India’s wins, winning the man of the match award in both matches.
"I am happy to get back-to-back awards,” Mishra said. “At the time I am performing well. That's more important for me. Every team has different strength, I am trying to sort out their weaknesses. I've done a lot of hard work in the nets for my variations and I'm happy they are coming out well," he said.
As the Indians rejoiced in their win, West Indies skipper, Darren Sammy, rued the one that got away. He, however, praised his bowlers for delaying the inevitable and taking India’s chase to the last over.
"We just didn't respond well enough to their spinners, we took a long time,” Sammy said.
“Credit to them, they bowled well, executed their plans well. It was good to see our bowlers take it all the way to the last over, because in these tournaments net run-rate could come into play.
"We did not have enough runs on the board but happy with the way the bowlers came back. Kohli and Rohit had a good partnership and that took the game away from us," Sammy said.
Statistical highlights: World T20 - Ind vs WI
Mishra becomes first Indian to win MoM in consecutive WT20 games
127 Number of stumpings effected by MS Dhoni in all international cricket. He now shares the record for most stumpings in international cricket with Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara.
103.03 Chris Gayle’s strike-rate in the match – his second worst while facing 25 or more balls in an innings in Twenty20 Internationals. Interestingly, his worst (78.57) also came against India when he scored 22 off 28 balls at Lord’s in 2009.
16 Number of dot balls bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the match – most by any bowler in a three-over spell in Twenty20 Internationals. He now shares the record with Ireland’s Alex Cusack and South Africa’s Dale Steyn.
2 Number of batsmen who scored 50s in the Indian innings – Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. This provided only the third instance of two Indian batsmen scoring 50s together in the same innings in a T20I.
1 Amit Mishra became the first Indian to win Man of Match awards in back-to-back matches in one edition of World Twenty20.