He said the new ODI rules which stipulate five players to remain inside the circle for full 50 overs have created problems for a side like India who used to rely on part-timers.
“We are used to play with part-timers. Now it's difficult for part-timers to bowl with five players inside the circle. If there's dew, then you don't get turns as well. It becomes more difficult,” Dhoni said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the second ODI against Pakistan tomorrow.
“With the new rules, you've to assess whether six batsmen are enough or seven. It's very difficult to play with the part-timers and expect them to bowl 10 overs,” he said.
“What we're looking at is somebody who can fill in the gap -- a genuine all-rounder to bring in the balance in the side. Lower order contribution is also very important especially when you're chasing.”
Dhoni, however, said under the new rules the batsmen would stand a chance to score big runs if they are set.
“Once five fielders are inside, there's tendency to look for big shots which will often fetch wickets. So it's important to treat the deliveries as it comes on their merit without looking for a very big score,” he said.
“Earlier it was important to get as many runs possible in the three Power Plays. But with the new rules, you've five players inside throughout, which means if you're set then there are very good chances to get good runs. It's about being in good form and playing as many overs as possible.
“In the last game, we saw if you've wickets in hand and if your main batsmen are still there, then you can get a lot of runs. You'll have to keep wickets in hand and treat every ball as it comes without thinking too much ahead.”
Virat Kohli available for selection for 2nd ODI: Dhoni
Key batsman Virat Kohli, who suffered a foot injury in India's first ODI against Pakistan in Chennai, would be available for selection for the must-win second match tomorrow, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Wednesday.
“Virat is available for selection for tomorrow's match,” Dhoni said ahead of the second ODI at the Eden Gardens.
Kohli suffered a foot injury while bowling the 41st over of Pakistan's run chase in the first ODI. He limped off the field after slipping in the delivery stride and landing on his knees. Suresh Raina finished off the last ball of the over.
The BCCI had said Kohli's injury would be monitored and a decision on his availability for the second ODI would be taken after assessing his condition.
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