Dhoni warns team to guard against complacency after Rajkot winNovember 16th, 2008 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI
Indore, Nov 16 (ANI): Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said that after thrashing England by 158 runs in the first match in Rajkot, his team would have to guard against complacency when they take on the tourists in the second cricket one-dayer here tomorrow.
We are always wary of becoming complacent because if we lose then we will be criticised that we were overconfident. We are always focused on what needs to be done, Dhoni said while speaking to reporters here this afternoon.
Dhoni felt the wicket prepared for the tie at the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association’’s Stadium would not be a shirt-front like the one on which the Indian batsmen feasted on the hapless England attack.
“The wicket will not be like the one at Rajkot. There would be wear and tear as the match progresses. It’’s dry and it would become slow and it will be difficult to score, but all these are only predictions. The toss is important,” he said.
Dhoni reiterated that despite being taken to the cleaners in Rajkot by his batsmen, the visiting team’’s bowling attack was a good one and far superior to the one that visited the country’’s shores two years ago.
“They have a very good bowling attack and they are a good side. It’’s a much better attack than what they had when they visited two years ago. We are not taking them lightly,” he said.
Meanwhile, batsman Yuvraj Singh, who dismantled the England bowling with his hurricane knock of 138 not out at Rajkot in the first ODI, has shown substantial progress.
There’’s considerable improvement in Yuvraj’’s condition. But we will take a final call on him before the match, said the Indian skipper.
At Rajkot, India were asked to take first strike after England captain Kevin Pietersen, and the hosts rocketed off to a great start through their in-form openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, who made 85 and 51 respectively and also put on a century stand at almost six an over. (ANI)
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