Indian skipper MS Dhoni has said that there is not much the captain or a bowler can do what batsmen like Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers are in full flow.
India face West Indies in the Pool B clash at Perth on March 6th. When asked about the plans to how to stop Gayle, Dhoni said that the best plan would be to have no plan against him. The best would be to bluff him with variation and nothing more or less than that.
“Frankly speaking, you can’t do much because if the individual is hitting sixes as you can’t have fields for it. More often than not, you’ll lose the battle of short-pitched deliveries, if they hit you off the short-pitch stuff also. There’s not much you can do.
“You look to bluff the batsman a bit. I believe that gives liberty to the bowlers to try a few other things if a batsman like Chris Gayle or AB de Villiers gets going. Apart from that, you don’t have a fixed plan as to if you do this, this will happen,” Dhoni said.
Dhoni also expressed that when such batsmen get going, it becomes even more important for the fielders to grab the half chances that come their way, just like in the match against South Africa at Melbourne, when de Villiers was going well, a brilliant throw from Mohit Sharma had him run-out, which turned the match in India’s favour.
“That’s where I feel the bowler will have to take that extra initiative and they have to be backed well by the fielders because if you have a 50/50 opportunity and if you grab that, it will really ease up the pressure from the fast bowlers or the spinners. I think as a unit you have to hunt in pack.”