Dhoni credits bowlers for T20 turnaround
India captain MS Dhoni on Sunday credited his bowling arsenal for the 3-0 Twenty20 series whitewash over Australia, saying they delivered the extra 10 per cent that was missing in the preceding ODI series.
He was full of praise for the contributions of young Jasprit Bumrah and experienced Ashish Nehra. "A lot of credit to the bowlers. In the ODI series the batsmen were doing well, but we needed the extra 10 per cent from the bowlers. That has changed with (Jasprit) Bumrah coming in, Nehra's experience and others getting their act together," Dhoni said at the post match presentation.
"The batsmen have taken it up a notch, but it is the bowlers who have done their job better, which has made the difference."
Dhoni also indicated that India will retain more or less the same squad for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 to be held at home. "There might be one or two changes based on the conditions in the World T20, but this is roughly what our T20 side will look like," he said.
Australia innings: Usman Khawaja c Dhoni b Nehra 14, Shane Watson n.o. 124, Shaun Marsh b Ashwin 9, Glenn Maxwell c Raina b Yuvraj 3, Travis Head b Jadeja 26, Chris Lynn c Jadeja b Bumrah 13, Cameron Bancroft n.o. 0; Extras: (LB-2, W-4, NB-2) 8; Total: (for 5 wickets in 20 overs) 197; Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-69, 3-75, 4-168, 5-193; Bowling: Nehra 4-0-32-1, Bumrah 4-0-43-1, Ashwin 4-0-36-1, Jadeja 4-0-41-1, Yuvraj 2-0-19-1, Pandya 2-0-24-0.
India innings: Rohit Sharma c Watson b Boyce 52, Shikhar Dhawan c Bancroft b Watson 26, Virat Kohli b Boyce 50, Suresh Raina n.o. 49, Yuvraj Singh n.o.15; Extras (B 1, W 7) 8; Total (3 wickets; 20 overs) 200; Fall of wickets 1-46, 2-124, 3-147; Bowling: Shaun Tait 4-0-46-0, Scott Boland 3-0-34-0, Shane Watson 4-0-30-1, Andrew Tye 4-0-51-0, Cameron Boyce 4-0-28-2, Glenn Maxwell 1-0-10-0.