“Bowlers were disappointing. We have four specialist bowlers, five if we count Jadeja too, but the best figures of the day was of Yuvraj Singh. So it was a disappointing effort and our bowlers were not up to the mark,” Dhoni said here in his post match press-do.
However, Virat Kohli’s 91 made Dhoni a happy man. “He has grabbed his chances with both hands. Now he is giving a great competition to the slot in middle-order and that is a good sign. He comes as a humble guy in the dressing room, but being a good human being can come later as what he does on the field is more important now. He is an aggressive lad, and he has to be himself on the field,” Dhoni said.
The Jharkhand batsman was also not impressed by advancing the remaining matches in the tri-series by 30 minutes. “Frankly speaking, 30 minutes will not make any difference.”
Bangladesh skipper Shakib al Hasan justified his decision to bat first, saying they could not have chased 320 or 350. “We could not have chased 320 or 350 as the wicket was a good one to bat on and India has a quite strong batting line-up. So our best chance was to bat first and try to put some runs on the board. We did it, but the partnership between Dhoni and Kohli took the game away from us.”
Shakib also admitted that he committed a mistake by spreading the field after reducing India to 51 for three and thereby easing the pressure on Dhoni and Kohli. “I made a mistake by spreading the field after power play. It allowed Dhoni and Kohli to take a lot of singles and doubles, and that eased the pressure on them. Hopefully, we can do better in the next matches,” he said.