Dhoni's under-utilisation of R. Ashwin during the WT20 semifinal and the IPL match against Mumbai fuelled speculation.
Seeking to bury any perceived differences with his spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s limited over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday hailed the off-spinner stating that he has “bailed” the team out on numerous occasions.
“As I have said, Ashwin has bailed me out in a lot of situations — whether bowling in first six or in the slog phase. He is a bowler who can come in and do well at any time,” Dhoni said, trying to clear the air about under-bowling the Tamil Nadu bowler, right from the start of the World T20.
He was answering a question in reference to the premier offie was brought on as late as the 16th over to bowl for the first time and then taken off in the IPL’s season-opening game on Saturday between his new team — Rising Pune Supergiants — and defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.
“It’s a subject, like revealing strategy. Ashwin is a matured bowler. He can bowl at any point of time. I knew the moment they (Mumbai Indians) lost a few wickets there was pressure on their middle or lower middle order,” Dhoni said at a media conference.
The Ranchi super star also explained how, with MI reeling at 30 for 4 inside five overs, he thought it was the ideal time to bring on debutant leg spinner Murugan Ashwin to bowl his full four—over quota and remove signs of nervousness from the youngster’s mind, the Hindu reported.