Dhoni banks on his seamers to deliver in New Zealand

February 20th, 2009 - 8:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Christchurch, Feb 20 (IANS) Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was Friday cautious about his team’s chances here, saying he would bank on his fiery bowling line-up to deliver.
“Most team members have not toured here and conditions are different, specially with drop-in wickets. It will be important how we cope with the conditions in the first week,” Dhoni said after the team arrived here for three Tests, five One-dayers and two Twenty20 matches.

Dhoni said his side is “packed with more bowling firepower to exploit the seaming conditions and the batsmen will take advantage of good pitches.”

He, however, admitted that the Black Caps will have a slight advantage of having played against the Australians in a one-day series.

“They played good cricket in Australia and that should help them. We have also done well in Sri Lanka, so it will be a good competition.

“New Zealand play as a unit and members back each other. They are a competitive side,” said Dhoni.

Dhoni said India have played well in recent months and will have to keep doing that.

“It’s not always just about winning or losing. We put a lot of emphasis on the effort we give on the field and believe a lot in the process. Whatever we have been doing in the past one year we have to do again.

“It helps that more or less the same group is playing in the three formats. Otherwise, it takes them more time to get used to the conditions,” Dhoni said.

He said that the tour would be a good learning experience for the younger players.

“It will be a good learning curve for the youngsters. For those who perform it will be a real confidence booster, for those who don’t do so, it will be a valuable learning experience,” he said.

Last time India visited here in 2003, they lost both the Tests and the One-day series.

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