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Friday, 14 October 2011

We can manage without seniors, asserts Mahendra Singh Dhoni

HYDERABAD: After the disastrous England tour, India have more than revenge on their mind as they lock horns with England in the first of the five ODI matches, on Friday.

Skipper MS Dhoni on Thursday made it clear that they are not the underdogs despite missing key players and that it was an opportunity for the young players to showcase their talent.

Mr Cool didn't let the heat get to him as he took time to address various concerns during his pre-match interaction after the practice session.

Excerpts:

On getting off to a winning start:

It's important because that's what you want to do as a team. Of course, it is good to be playing back in India. We had a fair amount of challenges when we were touring England in the last series not only in the Tests but also in the ODIs. Fair amount of injuries, the biggest players were missing the series.

On missing top players:

It's not very difficult to manage. When you talk about the senior players, it is very difficult to replace them exactly but I won't say it is very difficult to manage . Most of the youngsters are very talented. The batsmen have done well and have taken up the responsibility. It's just that with a fair amount of experience for the bowlers, it will be exciting to see them perform at the same time. I don't think it is very difficult to manage.

On the openers:

That's again something that we will decide. We have not finalised the XI. Parthiv and Rahane did really well in England. Gautam has batted for us at number three quite a few times but when Sachin or Viru is not there, he has opened the innings well for us. We need to analyse is whether we want him to bat at No.3 or we want a middle-order batsman and want him to open.

About pressure on R Ashwin:

It is not about the pressure, it is an opportunity for him. It's exciting to see him, the way he prepares himself for the game. He has been my colleague for the past four years in the CSK team also. He is an exciting character.

On reverse swing:

Just talking about India, you may see a bit of swing initially but what you may not see is a bit of reverse swing that a lot of fast bowlers do rely on.

On the Power Plays:

It's a bit tricky in the sense that we have not played so far with this kind of Power Play. What you may see is a different approach. Even if you take the second Power Play very late, it will still be over by the 40th over. TNN

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