Kolkata - India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Tuesday that
having bowlers specifically for the final stages of a match has contributed to
his team winning 10 of 11 games in the run-up to the World Twenty20.
"Over the last few years it was a question of who will bowl
in the end overs," the wicketkeeper-batsman said at a news conference.
"It's a relief to have specific bowlers for the death overs as 99 percent
of the time now I know who will be bowling. The job becomes easy. I don't have
to put in a lot of effort."
The return of veteran pace bowler Ashish Nehra and fine seam
bowling from rookies Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya have given
Dhoni options for the final overs with the likes of lead spinner Ravichandran
Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh also experienced in the format.
"I feel the team is settled, all departments are settled. The
kind of stuff we are doing is good for any level of the game. Our intensity has
to be there from the start but we are happy at the way we have
progressed," Dhoni added.
India won the Asia Cup last week to cap a fine T20 run that
included a 3-0 win in Australia in January.
Dhoni, who has led India to victories in all three ICC tournaments
- the World Twenty20 in 2007, the World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in
2013, said his team is not planning too far ahead.
"Expectations can get you (under) pressure. We've prepared
well but once you get to the knockout stage, you have to be at the top of your
game. Every team has two or three players who can win matches single-handedly
so it's not right to think too far ahead," Dhoni added.
India, which has a formidable batting lineup that includes the
likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Dhoni and Yuvraj, plays its
first match against New Zealand in Nagpur on March 15.
Pakistan, Australia and a qualifier from a preliminary league that
started Tuesday, complete their Group 2 of the Super 10 stage.