India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday cautioned his teammates from taking New Zealand lightly and said the visiting team's pacers would look to exploit the overcast conditions during the second Test match, starting in Bangalore on Friday.
MS Dhoni addresses a press conference ahead of the second India-New Zealand Test match in Bangalore. HT/Gurpreet Singh
"New Zealand is a good bowling
side and will come up with good bowling plan by exploiting the overcast conditions at Chinnaswamy stadium. The first spell will be really crucial for both sides," Dhoni told reporters in Bangalore.
"Indian batsmen have to negotiate their pace and they have to get as many wickets as possible," he added.
Kiwi pacers had managed to pick up wickets even on the Hyderabad track, which did not assist the fast bowlers much.
Dhoni informed that he has requested the groundsmen here to make a turning track, but said that the batsmen will have to play on whatever pitch is given to them.
"The subcontinental speciality should be spin and I think we should stick to it," he said.
Asked if he expected any change in the wicket that still has a tinge of grass on it, Dhoni said it is up to the groundsmen to do the changes.
"They are still working on it," he said.
Praising spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha who shared 18 wickets between them in the previous Test, Dhoni said that he would like to get some more assistance from the pitch for his bowlers.
"Ravichandran Ashwin bowled brilliantly and Pragyan Ojha had to keep it tight. I personally felt if we get a bit more spin and bounce for our spinners it will be really good."