Hope Sachin gets 100th ton at Kotla: Dhoni
As anticipation builds up for Sachin Tendulkar's 100th international ton, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said the team is hoping that the veteran cricketer achieves the milestone in the very first Test of the three-match series against the West Indies starting in New Delhi tomorrow.india Updated: Nov 05, 2011 15:58 IST
As anticipation builds up for Sachin Tendulkar's 100th international ton, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday said the team is hoping that the veteran cricketer achieves the milestone in the very first Test of the three-match series against the West Indies starting in New Delhi on Sunday.
"It is (Sachin's 100th ton) bound to happen. Hopefully, he gets it here and then we will celebrate and go ahead," Dhoni said at the pre-match press conference.
"What we are thinking as a team is that we want to do well in the series and how we do it. It's important to start the series well. We will let him (Tendulkar) get his hundred. When that happens we will celebrate and then go ahead," he said.
Dhoni revealed that two players will make their debut in the match but he did not divulge who they could be. It is most likely to be two bowlers -- a pacer and a spinner.
"Two debutants can be in the playing XI tomorrow, let's see. All the players are fit and all of them are available for selection. There was no injury in the practice session also," he said.
Asked if spinner Rahul Sharma could be included in the playing XI, Dhoni said, "He has done well but we are not concentrating on a single player either in our team as well as in our opponents."
India are full strength in the batting department with the likes of Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh returning to the side but Dhoni said the team cannot take the West Indies lightly.
"West Indies are a very good side, we can't take them lightly. We will play our best. They have come here after doing well in Bangladesh. Overall it will be a good series," he said.
First Published: Nov 05, 2011 15:45 IST