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Friday, Dec 13, 2019

Dhoni hopes ODI team will do well

The ODI captain hopes that his boys will not let the country down in the shorter version of the game against Lanka starting Aug 18. Mission Sri Lanka

cricket Updated: Aug 12, 2008 20:12 IST


The experienced Indian Test team may have come a cropper in Sri Lanka but ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday hoped that his boys will not let the country down in the shorter version of the game against the island nation starting August 18.

"It is a different side. We hope to do better," Dhoni told reporters after winding up a two-day skill orientation and conditioning camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

The team would focus on spin and fast bowling in the upcoming five one-dayers against Sri Lanka, he said.

"Some pitches in Sri Lanka help spinners and in some others fast bowlers do well," said the Indian captain who leaves for Sri Lanka tomorrow.

Dhoni, who has recently been chosen for the Rajiv Khel Ratna award, refused to share the team's plans against mystery Sri Lankan leg spinner Ajantha Mendis, who played a big role in his country's 2-1 Test series win against India.

"Let us see," he replied, when asked what the team would do to keep the young Lankan at bay.

Dhoni said the camp, also attended by six of his teammates, focused on bowling, batting and conditioning aspects.

On Tendulkar being ruled out of the ODI series, Dhoni said, "We will certainly miss him. Nobody can replace Sachin Tendulkar."

Tendulkar opted out of the ODI series after injuring his left elbow during the third Test.