Indian limited-over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes that his T20I side is well balanced at the moment. Dhoni described that his team is currently on auto-pilot mode.
In just ahead of Asia Cup T20, Indian pacer Mohammad Shami has been ruled out from the squad while Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaced him for the upcoming tournament. Dhoni commented over that on Friday, “It looks like a very balanced squad and in any circumstances, we have replacements. The good thing is that we started playing T20s in Australia and continuing from there, we now have a platform. Our game has reached an auto-pilot mode.”
In the Asia Cup T20 which will be started from the next week at Bangladesh, Dhoni hinted at making little changes according to the pitches and also added, “We have to ensure that there are no injuries.”
Dhoni admitted that India’s T20I bowling side has been strong in every places. The wicketkeeper-batsman said,“Our bowling in T20s has always been strong. This happens because the players have a lot of experience. And, we are looking very good as of now. Whether you talk about death bowling or the first six overs, whether in India or abroad, ours is looking like a very balanced bowling attack.”
Dhoni also added another factor for his team strengthens as, “If you see the 15 players selected, we have a replacement for everybody. If something happens, we have a back-up.”
Dhoni is also excited about the all-rounder options. He said, “If I have to play with a spinning all-rounder instead of a seaming all-rounder, we have that option too. We have a provision for an extra opener as well. The overall balance of the team in any situation remains the same.”
Dhoni also said about new looking Pakistan team against whom India will play two T20Is at near. The 34-years old Indian skipper said, “Pakistan side will be a bit different as some of the players they have are new. So, it is a different Pakistan team. We will play them in the Asia Cup and World Twenty20; we will have to abide by the rules and regulations and also the spirit of the game.”
According to the aggressiveness, Dhoni believes Indian team is not behind at present. Dhoni said, “When we talk about aggressive cricket, I don’t think the Indian team is behind any other team in the world. We don’t negotiate on that point.”