COIN-TOSS IS BIG FACTOR

The captain of the Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has said that toss was a very important factor in the first ODI match between India and Pakistan and if the toss had gone in the favour of the Indian team, the result of the match could have been different. The Pakistani team defeated India in the first ODI match by 5 wickets.

Talking to the reporters in the press conference after the match, Dhoni said, “Toss played a very important part in the match. It was not easy to bat on that pitch in the morning. The ball was swinging around and the Pakistani bowlers were bowling a very good line. We needed to go through that first hour without losing too many wickets which we didn’t manage to do.”

“But, I am happy with the way we came back. When I went on to the field, I told Raina to be a bit cautious for a few overs as the ball was still moving. We put our heads down initially and once the ball got old and stopped moving around, we started playing the shots.”

When asked about the performance of the bowlers, Dhoni said, “The bowlers did reasonably well. They tried hard, but, the pitch had eased out in the second session. So, they didn’t get any help from the pitch. Also, there were not enough runs on the board. So, there was not much pressure on the Pakistani team. They kept their cool and chased down the total.”

Dhoni also hailed the debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar who again gave Pakistan some early blows. Dhoni said, “Bhuvneshwar bowled accurately and didn’t give the batsmen much room to free his arms. He mixed his length and also bowled some very good short deliveries.”