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Dhoni not 'verbal' behind the stumps!

"My team-mates tell me to be more verbal," Dhoni said adding that it could improve his wicketkeeping.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2006 14:07 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes being "verbal" is one area of his wicketkeeping that he could improve upon a lot.

"I'm not verbal when behind the stumps. My team-mates tell me that I should be a bit more verbal," Dhoni said during one of the rain interruptions in the India-Australia match of the DLF Cup tri-series which was later abandoned here yesterday.

"I do talk but generally, I focus on doing my job," the 25-year-old player from Jharkhand said.

Reflecting on India's performance in this off-shore outing so far, Dhoni felt his team was robbed off a victory in the West Indies in their opener on Thursday.

"If it had been a 50-over match, the result would have been different. The ball was keeping low, it would have been difficult to score the runs," he said.

"It was a dicey pitch. If Virender Sehwag and me had been there, we could have put even more runs on the board and put further pressure on West Indies," he added.

A "ridge" in the pitch at the Kinrara Oval ground had accounted for three of India's dismissals, including that of Dhoni and Sehwag.

Dhoni said it was not an ideal wicket to play on at the start of the season.

"It is not turning much but has a lot of bounce. For someone like Harbhajan (Singh), it could be helpful. It is a difficult wicket for a day-night match and particularly at the start of the season," the dashing wicketkeeper-batsman said.

First Published: Sep 17, 2006 14:49 IST