Mirpur: India’s limited overs skipper MS Dhoni has said that the pitches in Mirpur during the Asia Cup have not been producive for the T20 format and that him and his teammates were expecting better batting practice before next month’s World T20 at home.
Dhoni’s bowlers bowled superbly to rock arch-rivals Pakistan out for just 83, but the pitch came back to haunt the blues as they lost five wickets of their own before finishing off the chase.
“We scored 166 in one match but frankly we were going to score 140,” Dhoni said. “Other than that there have been low-scoring games which I feel is not that good. We thought it would be good practice ahead of the World T20, so it’s not a good practice in terms of hitting but yes in terms of respecting the conditions.”
Dhoni further added that the batting displays from both side’s were not up to par, despite the pressure of the India-Pakistan clash and the severity of the wicket.
“The reason why people love T20 is the sixes and fours. At the same time you don’t want [teams scoring] 80s and 100s. Low scoring should be 130-140 and high-scoring can be 200 or 240. In a way, it’s good for us because we are a side that plays aggressive cricket. What it does, it pushes us to respect the conditions. In the coming games the openers won’t go with a set mindset.”