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'Not sure if Asia Cup is good advertisement for T20 cricket'

February 28, 2016 12:36 IST

 India celebrate the wicket

IMAGE: India celebrate the fall of a Pakistan wicket. Photograph: Solaris Images

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that the 22-yard-strip at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium is certainly "not ideal" for the batsmen to try and practice attacking shots keeping the ICC World T20 in mind. 

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"We thought it will be very good practice for T20 World Cup but in terms of hitting maybe it is not. But when it comes to reading the game and respecting conditions, it is good for us," Dhoni said after India defeated Pakistan in a low-scoring game where 15 wickets fell in 33 overs. 

"Whether it is good (advertisement) for T20 cricket is difficult one to answer with so much of bounce and movement. In games over here, it has been very difficult to come out and play big shots.

"In one game, we scored 170 but it seemed like we would score 140, because of the firepower in our batting and few good overs, we managed, to reach 170. Otherwise all other games have been low-scoring ones, which is not good," Dhoni was frank in his assessment.

 India’s Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh celebrate

IMAGE: India’s Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh celebrate. Photograph: Solaris Images

Dhoni also agreed that scores like 80's and 100's are not what people come to see in a Twenty20 game. 

"You know people love T20 for the sixes and the fours and at the same time you don't want 80's and 100's to be scored. Low scoring should be 130-135 and high scoring games could be anything between 200 and 240. But in a way it is good for us (chasing 84), as we are a side that plays aggressive cricket. 

"In a way it pushes (forces) us to respect the conditions. In the coming games, our openers will not go with a set mindset like what happened in Australia.

"We knew the wickets were so good that we knew even if there is a bit of movement, you can play on the merit of the ball or the bounce which is not case over here," he said.

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