Indian ODI skipper MS Dhoni has claimed that the team are not overly reliant on Virat Kohli to deliver while chasing targets after the 19-run loss to the Kiwis in the 4th ODI at Ranchi. Dhoni also believes that the lack of ODI matches has made it difficult for the team to adjust to this format.
While chasing 261 at Ranchi on Wednesday, India
It's not like that. The stats don't exactly reflect the exact scenario.
Apart from their wins in Zimbabwe in the last two years, India
"We have not played much ODIs. In between we had Zimbabwe. It's very difficult.
"Also I've batted at a different position in that period. Our top order was batting brilliantly. So everything is very different," he explained, reported Zee News.
Dhoni drew parallel with this loss to the 6-run defeat in the 2nd ODI at Delhi and said that the pitch was on the slower side. He said, "There have been a couple of game where the wicket has been on the slower side, where the opposition if they scored 300-plus there's more often you keep playing your shots to chase it down.
"When the wickets are slow, and required run-rate is not too high, that's when you calculate and play out a few overs thinking of a partnership. I feel that's where it lies as of now. We have quite a few batsmen who can do the job."
"The partnership was needed more than anything else at that point in time. Given the requirement of the game, he was batting well and generally he bats in that fashion. I don't think there was anything wrong in it.”