Won't bat at No. 3 throughout World T20: Dhoni

Updated: 11 June 2009 08:04 IST

MS Dhoni made it clear that he has no plans to bat at the number three slot throughout the Twenty20 World Championship.

Won't bat at No. 3 throughout World T20: Dhoni

Trent Bridge, Nottingham:

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday made it clear that he has no plans to bat at the number three slot throughout the Twenty20 World Championship and claimed it was part of the team's experiment with the batting order.

Even though an in-form Suresh Raina seems the more logical choice for the slot, Dhoni has been coming at one down in the Twenty20 World Championship but with little success.

After India's eight-wicket triumph over Ireland, the Indian captain was asked if he plans to continue occupying the slot for the remainder of the tournament to which Dhoni said,"Not really."

Dhoni said the team was experimenting with the batting order and hence he was coming at number three.

"We are trying a few things. I think we have to see what combination we are playing with and decide depending on that," he said.

Dhoni, meanwhile, was relieved with Zaheer Khan's sterling performance against Ireland as the left-arm seamer grabbed four wickets, besides the Man of the Match award.

"It's really good that he is back in form," Dhoni said of Zaheer who was nursing a shoulder injury till the other day.

"We knew he would take one more game to get back to groove and that's what we saw today. He was back in the groove, swinging the ball and hitting the right areas," Dhoni said.

"It's good to have bowlers like him, especially when he has been planning for other bowlers also. He is a good asset to have," Dhoni added.

On Wednesday's match, Dhoni said he was happy with the bowlers' performance but felt fielding was not up to the mark.

"Our bowlers did really well with the new ball and the spinners did their job too. I'm happy with our bowling. But on the field, we didn't perform our best. We can definitely be better in the field. It's like 80-90 percent efficiency. I'm getting demanding but I know we can do it," Dhoni said.

The defending champions hardly broke a sweat as they ambled into the Super Eight stage but Dhoni warned they cannot take any match lightly.

"It's good to be in Super Eight. From now, each and every game would be difficult," he said.

Meanwhile, Zaheer Khan was visibly elated after his four-wicket haul and the left-arm seamer said it felt good to be back among wickets.

"Good that I got a few wickets. This is one of my favourite grounds in England and obviously picking wickets would boost my confidence," he said.

Zaheer also vowed to give his best and solve the team's bowling woes at the death.

"Bowling at the death is my strength and I have been doing for the team. I can get a few yorkers in and I'm looking forward to Super Eight," he said.

Zaheer also felt that the consistency of both the spinners -- Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha -- had lent balance to the Indian attack.

"We are working well as a bowling unit, that is very important. Now we have lots of bowling options. So far I haven't bowled my quota of four overs, which is great," Zaheer quipped.

Despite the heavy defeat, Ireland captain William Porterfield took it in strides and said his team fought well against a fancied side.

"The wicket did a bit early on. They bowled well early on and we nicked a couple but we batted better later on," he said.

"We fought really well. Losing Nial (O'Brien) and (Trent) Johnston wasn't easy but we are not going to make any complaints," he added.



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