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Dhoni fires warning ahead of the first tie

The world may be talking about Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement but Indian skipper wants his team to focus on the seven-match ODI series between India and Australia that starts today with the first game.

The world may be talking about Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement but Indian skipper wants his team to focus on the seven-match ODI series between India and Australia that starts today with the first game. The lone T20, won by India, in Rajkot witnessed 200 runs being scored by both the teams that had set the tone for the series, but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hoped that his bowlers will quickly adapt to the demands of ODI’s.

Speaking to the press ahead of the game, Dhoni had said, “In the last T20 game a fair amount of runs, 200 runs each, were scored. Overall the conditions were tough for the bowlers on both sides. But I am sure bowlers would adapt to the conditions as the series progresses and you can expect better performances out of both the teams (bowlers) who were expensive.”

Dhoni feels new playing rules that stipulates the presence of one extra fielder inside the restricted field circle in the last 10 overs has made life difficult for the bowlers.

“If you see the ODIs, now we will have one more fielder inside (the 30-yard). I don’t know where to bring in that one fielder inside in the last ten overs when the batsmen are intent going for the bowlers. That’s one area where we have to work on. We have to see how to use that channel to put pressure on the opposition,” he had said.

The India captain said it was time to come up with innovative ways to use a bowler differently. “Hopefully, we can see how we can use different bowlers to the best of our ability to restrict the opposition and not give away those extra 20 runs,” he said.

The skipper also warned his team about the team from Down Under who according him, bat deep and that can prove expensive for the Indian bowlers. He said, “Australia have good batting depth and can bat up to number nine. That’s their strength and that is why in the Twenty20 game, they were not too concerned about losing wickets and adopted an aggressive approach. They wanted to increase the pace. That’s one of the reasons why our bowlers proved a bit expensive.

“They have got quite a few bowlers who can bat and batsmen who can bowl. If somebody is having a tough time there are others to fill in. They are a very good side with a general approach that is aggressive whether batting first or chasing,” Dhoni said.

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Dhoni will be hoping to put up a good show and prove their numero uno spot in ODI rankings.

With IANS inputs

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