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'Starting with ODIs will help' - Dhoni

India captain MS Dhoni speaks ahead of his side's tour of South Africa

December 1, 2013

Posted by   on (December 2, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

dhoni is a gambler he plays the game well by keeping the cards which support him very much, guys we all are going to see what every one does on the field , lets wait and watch . not vijay not rohit not virat and not even dhoni himself every one will be tested, he also know after two whitewashes and big failures he is also not sure what is what and what is wrong when played in foreign pitches

Posted by bhushanB on (December 2, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

Yes, Dhoni will take his own decision.. no matter what....

But when people wanted Rahane to open in Tests..."Oh He is only selected as a middle order batsman"

When there is an opening for WI tests...."Rohit can help with his bowling...."

Everyone knows that Rahane has been kept on the side lines forever... and the only hope he was given was the No.4 in tests when Sachin retires.........

And now the captain is not sure of who will play at No.4?

I am not against Jadeja, or doubting if he would fail, if selected in the final X1... But WHAT MESSAGE are you sending to Rahane.... Are you showing enough confidence in him?

If you do not want him in the final X1, tell that to his face and let him go and play competitive cricket at least at the domestic level.. You've ruined his confidence and hope.. do not ruin his career....

Posted by   on (December 2, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

@ BhushanB: He did said about the 3-1 or 3-2 combination but he didn't said who will take place in the final 11. It's better not to judge whether it's Rahane or Jadeja. Let Dhoni take his own decision about the combination as he knows better than anyone else. About Jadeja it's better to have a look at his test record as of now.

Posted by SOLYPK on (December 2, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

Best of Luck South africa

Posted by   on (December 2, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

M.S. Dhoni is a good speaker. He is better than all former Indian Captains. He is a good politician as well. By making Gambhir as our reserve opener still makes Vijay is the better than Gambhir which is not good at all. Murali vijay yet to prove his credentials in foreign pitches. Earlier he toured with India A team and was not successful as an opener, but Shikhar played very well along with Vijay at top on that tour and hit a career best List A score of 248 then. Vijay will be severely tested in this tour and SA pacers will get him early and to make Pujara bat before he expects. Selectors should have bring back Gambhir in place of Vijay in Tests. MSD is good in evading questions and giving some wonderful answers to please his critics as far as selection process is concerned.

Posted by shabbir on (December 2, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

Form of Sehwag and gambhir were the main reason for India going to the top. But same pair was the reason for denting the reputation in last couple of year. Not only on the field but off the fields their antics were suspicious and back of his mind Dhoni must be worried about the fabric of the team if he includes Gambhir and keeps him on the bench.

Posted by dsouzadrian on (December 2, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

Really disappointed that Gambhir is not on this tour, I think he has a much better temperament than Vijay and also has that fire inside him. We need Gambhir in the side as that will bring experience into the equation as well. Cant help but think he's been left out of the side only to discover that fire within himself, and then he will come back better than ever to give this Indian side a better look. It was just a couple of years ago, when he stood out in the world cup final with India at 35-2.

Posted by bhushanB on (December 2, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

There he said it... 3-1 or 3-2.. he wants to go with 3-2 and get Jaddu ahead of Rahane... he is just waiting to see how Jaddu plays ODIs...

If he does half ok, then Dhoni will draft him into the test side as well..

Mark my words guys.....

Posted by   on (December 2, 2013, 3:58 GMT)

Abhinav Mukund is a work in progress and i think if this guy can be trained well, he can be a successful opener like Cook in tests for us. I was impressed with his technique in England, and i think he needs to work on his temperament that will make him a mighty good opener who can leave the new ball well.

Posted by jimbond on (December 2, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

Dhoni should be more concerned with the regular openers in tests. He should be worried about the gamble that he is taking with Vijay in tests. Despite his poor form, I would be tempted to open with Gambhir along wth Dhawan. Gambhir is at least someone who has reasonable technique against pace and is also able to adapt his game.

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