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November 13, 2008
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian captain, has said the new Powerplay rules, where the batting side decides five overs that will be part of the fielding restrictions, will pose interesting challenges to the two sides.
"It means when you plan a few strategies on the ground, suddenly you find the opposition asking about the five overs," Dhoni said.
"You have to be ready for it. It's very tough to say anything right now, how much it will help the side batting first or second.
"We can see a few games and see what is really happening. But they say chasing will be easier if you have a good partnership and you can take it after that. It is really confusing right now."
India come to the series three days after winning the four-Test series against Australia 2-0 and Dhoni said switching from Tests to ODIs in such a short time was a challenge but one that was part of an international cricketer's career.
"One of the good things is that half the side hasn't played the Test series," Dhoni said. "It's good right now. But I have played Test cricket as well as one-day series, it is quite difficult to switch over to one-day mode but as I said we are international cricketers. We are professionals."
Only five players - Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir - from the Test squad will be playing in Rajkot.
Dhoni said the series was not about one captain outsmarting the other, but one team outwitting the other. "If we lose a few games, we shouldn't be feel so low. We will win some and lose some but we will always have to be positive frame of mind."
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Both teams face contrasting opponents in their next Test series. While West Indies will be tested against stronger teams, Bangladesh have it easier but without much to gain