India is all set to start their new year campaign with a five-match ODI and three matches T20 series in Australia. Indian will play their first ODI at WACA, Perth, tomorrow.
On the eve of the match, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not worried about green and fast WACA, Perth, pitch. When asked he said, “Lot of noise only for a turning track. On a bouncy wicket where batsmen get hurt, no one talks cause that’s a good pitch.” “This is the speciality of playing in Australia, if we get a pitch resembles India, there is nothing special in playing Australia,” he said while talking at the press conference.
The WACA pitch will welcome Indian player right from the success of Test series ar turning track back in the country. So, it will be interesting to watch how Indian player copes with this pitch.
Dhoni also talks about team combinations. He reveals India will go with three seamers and two spinners. “We will play 3-2. Can’t name the players yet.” With Australia have already picked pacers for the first ODI, Dhoni was forced to rely on this combinations. He said, “as we don’t have a seaming allrounder we have to plat 3-2 combination.”
Dhoni also said the kind of talent India gets from domestic groomed as they are not ready not an international challenge. But at the same time, players who come from domestic cricket of Australia are ready for the international challenge.
Talking about Australia he said, they are a tough side, it will be challenging as Australia play tough cricket. Asked about revenge of World Cup semifinal defeat, Dhoni response, when you are talking cricket is gentleman’s game the word revenge is contradictory to the former. Obviously, we will try to play good cricket. And everybody plays for the win.”
Dhoni, 34, once again asked about his retirement plan, he said, “For the time being I want to concentrate on the game. I will think about my retirement when the time will come.”
Meanwhile, an Australian journalist asked Dhoni about playing in Big Bash League T20 after retirement, he said, “Don’t know about retirement. And after playing 10-15 years of cricket for India, I don’t if I’ll be in shape to play after retiring.”