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One poor show per year reminds T20 is not about brain: Dhoni

“On and off, we have seen performances like these in T20s. Every year, we at least have one performance, where we are not up to the mark. Maybe this is the performance and we will play freely in the next games,” Dhoni told media persons after losing the second T20 international by six wickets.

Although spoken in a lighter vein, Dhoni did say that not playing freely and over-thinking can complicate matters in T20 cricket.

“I personally feel that I used too much brain in this format. It’s very important I keep myself free and go and play my strokes. Depending on that I play a bit slow initially. In this format, I believe I should play the big shots from the word go irrespective of whatever the scenario is because that’s what this format is all about,” Dhoni spoke about the need to keep things simple.

Asked about batting higher up the order, Dhoni said: “A lot of time when I go into bat, be it the 16th or 17th over or in the fourth or fifth overs when wickets have fallen down, I have the tendency of like let’s go to 130, that will be good score.”

“One of the reasons, why I want to bat up the order is that somebody else takes the responsibility of batting lower down the order, say No 6 which is a very crucial position,” Dhoni defended sending Ambati Rayudu up the batting order.

“Unless they are exposed, you cannot tell who is good at it. We have played a lot of cricket and lot of guys have not been successful at No 6. We have seen them perform well at the top of the order but have struggled lower down.

“Someone has to take the responsibility of batting down.

If I start batting at No 5, at least someone else will take up that responsibility. You need to have it in your <g data-gr-id="61">back-up</g> plan in the years to come,” said the Indian captain.

Dhoni said that positive aspect of the T20 series is that it will give him options to know what combination can work ahead in the five-match ODI series.

“The good thing with the T20s is that we have played a couple of games and will play one more before the start of the ODIs. We will try to get the most out of it and see what is the best combination for the ODIs.”

While it was poor bowling that was the reason for defeat in Dharamsala, shoddy batting brought about the downfall in Cuttack even as the skipper doggedly defended his batsmen.

“Well, if you see, in the last game, we batted really well. There were two areas we wanted to address, one was the run out and second was not to lose wickets in quick succession,” he said referring to India’s twin run-outs of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

“Unfortunately, if you see, in this game those were the two things that pushed us on the backfoot. There were two instances when we lost wickets in quick succession. The wicket was slightly difficult to start off. We didn’t have enough runs on the board. It’s not a very high scoring game. 140-150 would have been a competitive score.”

On their batting, Dhoni said: “If you see our team, most of our batsmen play quite the same in the T20 and 50-over format. That is what their strength is, all of a sudden we can’t ask people to play the sort of game that is not really their strength.”

“I feel we have been doing well because consistently we have scored par scores and giving par runs to the bowlers to bowl and that is good enough. At <g data-gr-id="77">times</g> we have seen that we have chased scores that were really big.”

“Not to forget, last time we played Australia in India, there were a couple of times in the series that we had to chase 350 runs. Our strength is playing proper cricketing shots and I feel it is quite good the way the batsmen have responded when it comes to consistency.”

Dhoni also backed his spinners as Ravichandran Ashwin was once again a revelation taking 3/24 despite defending a paltry 93.
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