Era of aggressive Test fields over – Dhoni

MS Dhoni has said that while fielding strategies and placements on India’s slow, low turners have re-written the conventional textbook around attack and defence, the assessment of pitches and tactics appeared somewhat slanted.

Sixteen wickets fell on day three and four innings were completed over three days at the Kotla as India finished its 4-0 creaming of Australia. When asked whether surfaces like those in Delhi were right for Test cricket, Dhoni’s reply was sardonic and also contained his response to past criticism of his captaincy. “Well, you’ll have to answer what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong’ because your opinion really counts … When four fast bowlers play, it becomes strategy, when three spinners or four spinners play, it becomes a bad wicket.”

He went on to give an example of how the interpretation of the same deep-field placements were different for different captains: “For Virender Sehwag, if you have a deep point and a deep-third man and a deep-square leg, it’s a strategy. If MS Dhoni has a deep point and a deep-square leg for David Warner, it’s a defensive field set. You have to see the mindset [of the batsman] and accordingly go ahead.” Read more
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