Dhoni`s tactic was baffling

Dhoni's tactic was baffling

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 14, 2012 04:25 hrs

What was good to see on Sunday was that the Indians finally got their bowling attack sorted. I liked the look of it, there was variety and it was a good combination of express pace, medium pace, left arm seam, off spin and left arm spin. The pitch was absolutely a batting paradise and their bowlers did a commendable job to restrict the Australians to 269.

Umesh Yadav made a huge difference and I wonder why he wasn't picked for the earlier games. Prior to this game, I had mentioned the importance of bowling fuller and straighter in Adelaide, and Yadav exactly did that, and did that at a good pace. The wicket didn't have much for the bowlers so credit goes to them.

The Australian bowlers had an off day and their fielding didn't help things. The Indians had to still bat well to win the game. Chasing around five and half under lights was never going to be easy. Throughout the tour, Gautam Gambhir had looked to play more behind the wickets, and in doing so he often got out getting an outside edge, so it was good to see him charging down the wicket and play more positively.

In doing so he ensured he provided the Indians the right platform to finish the game. However I couldn't figure out what MS Dhoni was doing in the middle and had that humongous six not come off in the last over, there would have been a lot of questions asked. No doubt, Dhoni is a great finisher but I was baffled by his tactic of keeping things for too late.

Looking at the positives for Australia, it was good to see Peter Forrest come good on his debut. He looks to have a good technique particularly against the spin bowlers and uses his feet quite confidently. No player likes to miss matches and I am sure it was same with Mike Hussey too, but at some point in such a long series, you need to test your bench strength and these are encouraging signs for Australia that there are players who have it in them to come as replacement and put up promising performances.

The track at Adelaide for today's India-Sri Lanka game will be another batting paradise. We will see a lot of runs being scored and spinners will have a role to play here. It wouldn't be a bad idea for India to try out their leg spinner Rahul Sharma for this game. Indians have come back well in the series and have the winning momentum, but there is very little between both the sides and we might be heading for another tight contest.

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