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Tips from Chappell, seniors helped Dhoni

The dashing player said his game improved after he followed the advice of the coach and the senior players of the team.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 20:13 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

After his splendid show against Pakistan, dashing wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday promised to carry his form into the three-Test series against England, beginning early next month.

The new star of the Indian team said he was all set to take on the Englishmen, but admitted that the visitors could not be taken lightly.

"The conditions may suit us but England cannot be taken lightly," said Dhoni when asked to comment on India's prospects in the three-Test series beginning on March 1.

"I will try my best to continue performing as I did against Pakistan," said the dashing Jharkhand player whose performances in the Test and one-day series against Pakistan took the country by storm.

Asked about his batting heroics on the Pakistan tour, Dhoni said he had benefitted from tips from coach Greg Chappell and his senior colleagues.

"The tips given by the coach and the senior players improved my game a lot," said Dhoni, who returned to his hometown yesterday to a rousing welcome.

The Jharkhand government would hand over to Dhoni the document of a plot it had given him at a function tomorrow morning at Morahbadi ground.

Dhoni, who was instrumental in India's emphatic 4-1 win in the one-day series over Pakistan along with Yuvraj Singh, totalled 219 runs at an average of 219 and an explosive strike rate of 136.87.

First Published: Feb 22, 2006 20:07 IST