India v West Indies, 1st Test, New Delhi November 5, 2011

Bowlers' inexperience not an issue - Dhoni

ESPNcricinfo staff

India captain MS Dhoni has said he is confident of his bowling line-up delivering against West Indies during the first Test, which begins in New Delhi on Sunday, despite their inexperience. He said there should be at least two debutants for India.

"We're expecting at least two debuts," Dhoni said. "It's not difficult [with so many new bowlers] because, if you see the bowlers who will play, [they] have played the ODI format and had a fair amount of exposure when it comes to international cricket.

"They will not get really excited. The seniors are there to help them and rescue them [if they're anxious]. They are looking in good shape."

Of the six specialist bowlers in India's squad, four of them - R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and Rahul Sharma - have not played a Test as yet. Ishant Sharma, with 38 Tests, is the most experienced of the lot.

The Feroz Shah Kotla pitch, Dhoni said, looks like it might have a little more bounce than usual. "The wicket looks good, the bounce might be better than the usual Kotla wicket. It will not turn from the first day but as the game progresses, the spinners will get help.

"Light may be a factor, it may mean we start a bit late and end a little early. The last two days have been a little cloudy and misty."

This is India's first Test series since their 4-0 drubbing in England, and it precedes another big series in Australia, but Dhoni said the team is concentrating on the present. "There's no good reason why we should be thinking about England. It is all about looking ahead, that is what we have done. The Australia series, though, is too far away, no point thinking about it. West Indies, we will not take them lightly. That is a mistake none of the international sides will make."

He said India will need to start afresh if they want to repair their reputation after the England debacle. "We're not bothered about the rankings, [but] we want to be the best in the world. We did not do well in England. It becomes a process, it is the start of another process for us, hopefully will get there [to the top] and sustain it."

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  • sabtain on November 6, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    I beleive WI will give a surprise and India will loose , fans dont be angry but i am sure this will be the result of this match

  • V.L on November 6, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    @Sportsfan Without being all those India has won 2 50 over WC, 1t20WC and held number 1 ranking for 32 months? The side that played in WI was a one full of youngsters. I am pretty darn sure they would have learned from their mistakes and will crush WI 3-0.

  • TR on November 6, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    I am hoping, if BCCI selectors have some sense, god willing, if we are destained to have good future for Indian cricket, ... (add as many more preludes as you want) ... AT LEAST 2 out of the so called big 3, SRT, VVS, RD will be dropped after this series. I can no longer bear their fielding and running between the wkts. I will keep SRT in the team out of the three since he is one sincere fielder among the three. And he can bowl as well.

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    In support of what I had stated earlier, Mr. Andre Russell has endorsed my call for his inclusion with a blistering 128 against Bangladesh A at an average of about 0.95 run a ball. I hope the selectors are taking notice so that in the event of any injuries to the present players on tour, Russell will be the first choice substitute. In the mean time 'GO WINDIES and show the Indians what mettle of iron we are made from. Happy Hunting!

  • Randolph on November 6, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    My local cricket club bowling lineup is better than Indias! They need to stop preparing dustbowls 0or continue to never win a series in Oz or SA!

  • Vinay on November 6, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    Ojha has failed on the turning tracks of SL so he should not be played. Yuvraj is only in because of his decent ODI scores; he should not have been selected ahead of a fit Rohit Sharma. If we are going to be using ODIs anyway as a benchmark, then Kohli deserves a spot ahead of Yuvraj as does Rahane.

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    Good Luck India Try to win all the matches so that confidence before Australia series

  • Dummy4 on November 5, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Good luck West Indies. Give it your best and you will surprise yourselves with the result.

  • Dummy4 on November 5, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    @ABTheSeclector No team india with VVS, and y four? Wi have a good bowling side not a batting side! 7 batsman and 4 bowlers is the way to do!

  • Akash on November 5, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    India needs to play 5 bowlers & two from Tendulkar/Dravid/Laxman... at least against low ranked WI, my team would be: V Sehwag, G Gambhir, R Dravid, S Tendulkar, V Kohli, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, I Sharma, V Aaron, U Yadav, P Ojha.

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