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Dhoni Confident Of Bowling Options For ICC World T20

By on May 26, 2009

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India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is confident of his bowling options for next month’s ICC World Twenty20 2009 in England after his part-time bowlers performed surprisingly well in the recent-concluded Indian Premier League in South Africa.

The Indian Premier League (IPL), which ended yesterday after Deccan Chargers clinched the trophy, unearthed some new talent. Among them, some Indian team regulars who normally bowl part time performed surprisingly well.

Rohit Sharma, for example, took a hat-trick in a game against the Mumbai Indians while Indian middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh took two hat-tricks in the IPL. They were the only two bowlers to achieve this feat.

With the ICC World Twenty20 less than two weeks away, MS Dhoni is pleased that he has more bowlers at his disposal.

“The good thing you see in this tournament that will help us in ICC World Twenty20 is the emergence of part-timers who have done well. You see some of the hat-tricks that are taken in the tournament are by the part-timers, so that really is a big help.”

The Indian team practically boasts of a side where all the players, except skipper Dhoni and Gambhir, can bowl if required. Seven of the Top Ten IPL wicket-takers are Indians. Four of these seven bowlers, including the highest wicket-taker Rudra Pratap Singh, are part of the Indian team that will board the flight to England in a few days time.

“Most of the spinners are part-timers who are a part of the side, they have bowled in pressure situations. Not much of spin, maybe the ball holds on a bit over here. But overall the experience will really count.”

Naming a few of the bowlers who have been earmarked by Dhoni, based on their performances this season, the Indian skipper said, “’Yusuf Pathan bowled well when field restrictions were on. Even Harbhajan (Singh) and (Pragyan) Ojha bowled well for their teams during that period.”

The IPL, which witnessed 59 matches in five weeks, was a huge hit and many matches came down to the final few overs before the winners were decided. Dhoni said that these scenarios were good for the Indian team as it will help them learn to deal with pressure for the ICC World Twenty20.

“Most of the Indian batsmen and bowlers have been under pressure at different points in the tournament. They will handle the pressure well when it comes to an international T20 game also.”

“There are loads of positives that will help the players who were part of the side. We have seen new domestic players coming up and performing at this level. Some of the players who didn’t really perform in last year’s IPL have put up better performance this year.”

Defending champions India will open its ICC World Twenty20 campaign against Bangladesh on June 6 at Nottingham.

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