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I would like to get back to hitting sixes, says Dhoni

June 16, 2009 00:03 IST

I would like to get back to hitting sixes, says Dhoni

Harish Kotian in Nottingham

Will the real Mahendra Singh Dhoni please stand up?

Not long ago the Indian captain was a bowler's nightmare. It would take him just a few overs to change the course of a match, be it in Tests or ODIs. However, it now seems as if his capabilities have evaporated.

Once rated among the world's most dangerous batsmen, Dhoni has struggled to find boundaries consistently in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20.

Is it that India's captain cool is feeling the pressure of the top job?

After the defeat to England on Sunday, he reflected on his own batting form in the tournament (81 runs in 4 matches) and admitted losing some of his batting prowess.

"I am not consistently clearing the park; that is for sure! I am here to admit that and I am working hard on it. I feel cricket is not only about hitting sixes, because, if you see, there are quite a few players in our team who have to fill in different roles in T20 or the one-day format.

"Gautam Gambhir is doing the job at the top of the order, and I am supposed to do it in the late middle-order. That was the plan, but it never worked throughout the tournament," he said.

He also hinted of slight desperation at not being able to get back to his six-hitting mode, which made him a darling of the masses in his early years as an India player.

"I would like to get back to hitting sixes, but I don't think my cricket stops at hitting sixes. There is plenty more to come," he said.

Image: Mahendra Singh Dhoni