The new rules seem to be irking MS Dhoni. He felt the new ODI conditions, which allow just five fielders inside the circle, were making it even more tough for the spinners.
“Personally I don’t like the rule changes. It’s difficult for the spinners to bowl with five fielders inside especially when the wicket is flat,” he said. “When ODIs were introduced, people were worried about the spinners, saying that they will have to bowl flat and that they are not flighting the ball anymore. I don’t know what they really expect with five fielders inside. If you have variations, like how Saeed Ajmal has, it will different but overall it’s very difficult. They (the rules) are more in favour of fast bowlers and teams who field three or four pacers. We haven’t got a bowling all-rounder in a long time, we’re just managing with part-timers and working around with them. But I don’t think that will be really possible with the new rules in place.”
Significantly, R Ashwin finished with no wicket, while Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli all proved to be expensive. For Pakistan, Ajmal went wicketless and gave away 42 runs in his 10 overs.
The Indian skipper said that the focus in the next two games would be how best to exploit the new regulations.
“We have to review everything,” he said. “We will need to have five bowlers in the side.”