Mahendra Singh Dhoni: I allow bowlers to set the field in T20 cricket
Dhoni said he trust his bowlers and give them the liberty in T20 format.
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: As the ICC World T20 is round the corner, India's limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has started talking a lot about about the slam-bang version of the game.
On Monday, the Captain Cool, who is the most successful Indian skipper of all time, revealed one of his secrets while leading a T20 side.
According to Dhoni, who can be seen instructing his bowlers every now and then during a match, he allows the bowlers to set the field in T20 cricket.
"I tell the bowlers, especially in this format, that only you know about the ball you are set to bowl and accordingly you should set the field. It's very difficult to instruct them before every ball. You have to trust them and I give them the liberty,” Dhoni told PTI on the eve of the opening match of the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka.
"If he (bowler) is going to try some variations he needs to set the field accordingly. You have to bluff the batsmen in this format constantly," added the skipper.
After beating Australia 3-nil Down Under, Dhoni is looking forward to the Lanka series, which according to him will give India a chance to get into the groove for the more important World T20 championships.
"It's only the T20 format (that India will be playing for a while). After this series there is the Asia Cup, some warm-up games and the World T20. It has given us time to get into the groove as in different formats the requirements are different.
"I feel it will give us time to adjust. The last three games in Australia (that India won for a 3-0 sweep) will also help us. And the conditions here will be exactly what we will get in the ICC World T20," Dhoni added.