Well, after being thwarted by the Australians in the first one-day match, the spirit of Indian cricket fans might be down but the captain seems confident in the abilities of each and every player of his team. In a recent interview given by the Captain, MS Dhoni seemed rather impressed by Indian bowler Axar Patel when he stated that the player can be as good as Jadeja.
MS Dhoni said “Axar, we all know, can bat too. Tomorrow he can be as good as Jadeja. With them, you can also have the option of playing two left-arm spinners if needed, depending on the opposition.”
On the issue of keeping a few overs reserved for the spinners he added “Since the rule changes have been made, usually I like to keep a minimum of one or two overs for the spinners because if the fast bowlers are going for runs, with the spinner I can push the batsmen to hit one side of the wicket. With big boundaries, I can really exploit that to some extent. It’s always good to have those overs up your sleeve.”
Dhoni also relied on Axar Patel as a good choice for bowling death overs when he stated “We will have to see if Axar can be our death bowler. But if we can groom him, why not?”
It seems that Dhoni is ready to bet on the new-omers to lead his team to new heights as the experienced players are having difficulty in keeping the number of wins higher than the number of lost matches. We can only hope that Dhoni’s trust in Axar Patel would prove to be true and this young bowler would turn out to be an amazing all rounder in the future. Good Luck!