India have had a great start to their Asia Cup campaign winning their first two matches in style after outplaying hosts Bangladesh and then running through arch-rivals Pakistan in a low scoring but exciting encounter on the 27th of February. However both captain MS Dhoni and vice captain Virat Kohli were not very happy with the way things have gone down so far.
Dhoni was unhappy over the condition of the pitches that India has played on during the last two matches and said it wasn’t ideal preparation for the World T20 cup. The Indian captain stated that there was too much movement of the seam and in the air for batsman to really go after the bowling.
In a statement, Dhoni said “The reason why people love T20 is the sixes and fours. At the same time you don’t want [teams scoring] 80s and 100s. Low scoring should be 130-140 and high-scoring can be 200 or 240. In a way, it’s good for us because we are a side that plays aggressive cricket. What it does, it pushes us to respect the conditions. In the coming games the openers won’t go with a set mindset.”
The T20 World Cup will be played in India where the pitches are likely to be friendlier towards batsmen and offer very little to the seamers. Dhoni also stated that while the pitch did make things difficult for the batsmen, it did provide them with good practice of playing under pressure.
Vice captain Kohli who won the match of the match for his fantastic batting against Pakistan was fined 30 percent of his match fee for showing dissent to the umpire. Kohli was clearly not happy to be given out LBW when he was on 49 and made an indication to the umpire with his bat, suggesting that he had hit it. He left the crease in a foul mood and appeared to be cursing the umpire while walking away. ICC match referee Jeff Crowe imposed the 30% fine after Kohli admitted to the offence and also accepted the penalty without any objections.
The umpiring in the high-pressured India vs. Pakistan match was not very good as more than one decision went against the Indians and appeared to highly frustrate Virat Kohli. Even though he lost thirty percent of his match fee, Kohli will be happy that he played the anchor role in helping India defeat arch rivals Pakistan.