Dhoni advocates the need for three-match Test seriesDecember 23rd, 2008 - 10:27 pm ICT by IANS
Mohali (Punjab), Dec 23 (IANS) India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Tuesday that a three-match Test series should be held instead of two to make the series result oriented.”It will be good for Test cricket if we have three-match series rather than two-match series. It will make Test cricket result oriented. In two-match series, it is difficult for a side to make a comeback,” he said after the drawn Test match against England as India won the two-match series 1-0.
Defending the decision to declare late in the second innings, Dhoni said: “Gambhir and Yuvraj were playing extremely well and we wanted them to score their centuries before declaring the innings.”
“We were already leading in the series and were not at all worried. We did not want to give England any chance to win the match. There were many things in mind as we cannot predict anything before because of the rambling weather and wanted to remain on the safe side,” said Dhoni.
“I would like to thank England team to come back to India. I rate this series as ten days of good cricket as earlier Chennai Test remained engaging till last day and again this Test was a good competition,” he added.
Praising England bowlers, Dhoni said: “England had a strong bowling attack, especially Andrew Flintoff who is not only a fantastic all-rounder but better than many other fast bowlers. Kevin Pietersen is also a good batsman and played well in the match,” said Dhoni.
Praising Man of the Series Zaheer Khan, Dhoni said: “Over the last few years, Zaheer has transformed into a thinking cricketer, he is very clear in his thoughts. Whenever he comes to bowl he has a different strategy ready in his mind for every single batsman.”