“Captain Cool” for once seemed a little miffed. When asked if he was satisfied with the margin of victory and before the question could be extended, Indian skipper Dhoni interrupted the scribe abs said, “One minute, I know you aren’t happy that India won. Listen to me. Your tone and your question says that you aren’t happy with this result, okay? As far as India winning this match is concerned, there is no script. It’s about the script. You have to analyse how after losing the toss, on what wicket we batted, what the reasons were that we didn’t make a lot of runs. If you don’t analyse all these things off the field, then you shouldn’t ask these questions.”
Settling down quickly after that he said, of talking to Hardik Pandya,”We were just discussing what would be a good length to bowl. Whether to go for yorkers, and if so, whether you want to bowl it on the stumps or wide outside off stump. Depending on the bowler, you have to picturise as to what the best options are, so that’s what we were discussing. I won’t elaborate on what was said because it’s part of our strategy, so maybe by the end of the tournament I can say more about it. That’s what we were discussing, what the best plan was at that point of time. I feel he [Pandya] executed the plans well.”
“I think what’s important is to listen to everyone. In situations like this it’s literally chaos. You’re trying to manage chaos. Everyone will come, he will have his own opinion, often the opinion of a batsman is very different to that of a bowler, but what you have to do is see what the strength of a batsman is who is batting at that point of time. How the wicket is behaving. Whether there is reverse swing or not, all these things you need to calculate.
I feel that it really helps is listening to all of them, but at the end of the day you push the bowler to bowl what you feel is good at that point of time. If I am convinced that this is something that I want to do, then I go ahead and do it. But definitely having an open mind at that time really helps because in situations like these, under pressure, you may have a tunnel vision and that’s where the point of views of others come in handy. You have to assess everything in a very short span of time”, is the reason he gave for staying calm.
Having bowled out his regular bowlers, Dhoni’s option for the last over were, Pandya, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina or Virat Kohli. He chose Pandya.
“It was quite an easy decision, the reason being that the batsmen were scoring quite freely and I knew that I had to take that one over from somebody, be it a spinner or Hardik Pandya, and I said what is important right now is to make a game from it and that’s where I decided to use a proper bowler. According to the amount of runs needed at that time, we’ll see. There were quite a few options, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya. Often it’s quite an easy one. You want to give him that cushion of extra runs and you go back to your main bowlers and you back their strengths and whatever runs are mounting on the last over, if he’s able to execute his plans then we’ll be on the winning side.