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‘Playing unchanged side was with reason’

cricket Updated: Mar 14, 2009 23:54 IST
Anand Vasu
Anand Vasu
Hindustan Times
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni revealed that the intention behind playing an unchanged side was to give the people playing the forthcoming Tests the best possible chance to find their rhythm.

“We wanted to give the bowlers who bowl in Tests more time at the middle. You can get a flat track and at the same time you have to bowl a good line and length,” said Dhoni. “We wanted our bowlers to spend enough time because some of the games were not full 50-over games and in one of the them they didn't bowl at all. So, the idea was to give them good exposure, to settle in the middle, know the conditions better that will really help in the Test matches. You want them to bowl more and that's how they will get the rhythm and know which areas to bowl, whether they are a fraction too short or too full. That's why I gave Ishant may be a couple of more overs.”

Dhoni also denied that the series win in New Zealand had come easily as the wickets were good for batting. “Nothing is easy in international cricket. If that was the case, Indian batsmen would have scored 15000 or 20000 runs in India because 80 per cent we play in India,” said Dhoni. “You shouldn't say it's an easy win. In the same way, New Zealand won this game, so we shouldn't be saying we were complacent or we weren't giving our 100 per cent.

“They outplayed us, so when someone has done well he should be appreciated, no matter what the conditions are,” said Dhoni. “It's not whether you're playing on flat tracks or seaming wickets. Each and every run scored in international level is important.”