The Pune Pitch Was More English Than Indian: MS Dhoni

Dhoni said the defeat to Sri Lanka in the first T20 has given them a chance to assess the team’s batting frailty.

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MS Dhoni. (Photo: AP)

India’s limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the Pune pitch was more like an English wicket after the men in blue lost the first T20 by five wickets to Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Although Dhoni remained positive and said the surprise defeat to Sri Lanka in the first T20 international has given them the chance to assess the team’s batting frailty ahead of the T20 World Cup.

India’s winning streak in T20 internationals came to an embarrassing end on Tuesday after a depleted Sri Lanka pulled off an upset five-wicket victory to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

The wicket was completely different to what we have been playing in the last one month (in Australia). It was more like an English wicket. There was spongy bounce, and variable pace. The wicket was also not rolled properly. Looking at the wicket, we should not have played a few big shots that we played.
MS Dhoni

However, the Indian captain said it was a good for his team to bat on a pitch which had spongy bounce after a long time.

The good thing is this is the type of pitch on which we have not played for a long time. There were a lot of positives. It was one day everyone got a chance to bat. At the same time there was pressure on all batsmen. Yes, the result did not go our way, but there were a lot of positives to take away from this game.
MS Dhoni

Dhoni added, “It’s rare that in a twenty over game all wickets fall. I don’t think it’s a bad idea to test everyone. Because it will give us an idea about how deep is our batting. If the top order keeps performing from now on itself, the lower order will not get an exposure and the chance to bat and get tested before the T20 World Cup.”

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