‘It’s a relief to have specific death bowlers’

Ahead of the upcoming World T20 on home soil, India captain MS Dhoni admits that he is a relieved to finally have bowlers who can both at the death in limited-overs cricket.

India have always had a strong batting line up and with Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja spinning a web around opponents, Dhoni always had headaches with who to bowl at the end of an innings.

However, seamers Jasprit Bumrah Hardik Pandya have emerged almost out of nowhere while the rebirth of 36-year-old veteran paceman Ashish Nehra is starting to click for the Asian side.

Bumrah will be key for the hosts at the global event with him consistently being able to hit the yorker length.

Dhoni said in Kolkata: "It's a relief to have specific death bowlers. What I am definitely feel happy about is, if we are fielding, right from the first over I know who is bowling at the death for me.

"That's a big relief. Looking at the team 99% of the time I know who is bowling [at the] death.

"Maybe in the last few years, after seeing how everybody is bowling, close to 15th or 16th over mark I had to decide who I will use in the slog overs according to who is bowling well, what the conditions are.

"But [now] the whole bowling department is doing well, the job becomes much more easy. Definitely I don't have to put a lot of effort in to thinking who is the best bowler for the death."

India start their World T20 campaign against New Zealand in Nagpur on 13 March.