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MS Dhoni says India will make few changes for their next ODI against New Zealand

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MS Dhoni believes the Indian team is mentally tough to make a comeback into the ODI series © AFP

Hamilton: Jan 22, 2014

India will have to make a few changes ahead of the third One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand to bring their campaign back on track in the five-match ODI series, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Wednesday.

India were dethroned as the number one ODI team after they suffered an agonising 15-run defeat in the rain-hit second ODI against New Zealand, who have now taken a 2-0 lead.

“Of course, we will have to change a few things and see how we are going to play our cricket. That is something that will be crucial. There have been a few things that have not gone our way but it is very important that if you get a chance you win the game,” Dhoni said.

Talking about the morale of the side, Dhoni said his boys are mentally tough and they always keep a positive dressing room environment.

“As far as the morale is concerned, it is a fantastic lively dressing room. What we always emphasise on is cricket is not something that should have a lot of effect on the dressing room atmosphere,” the 32-year-old skipper said.

“Yes, they are linked but it should not be like when you are performing well, you have a different dressing room and when you are not, the entire scenario changes. We have been able to keep a good dressing room atmosphere, does not matter if we are winning or losing,” he said.

After their second consecutive loss against New Zealand, Dhoni, however, asked his batsmen, especially openers, to pull up their socks and convert the starts into big scores.

“We got off to a good start in terms of not losing wickets. But if you are supposed to score 290-odd when you are chasing, and in the first ten we are 38-odd runs and two wickets down, it becomes quite difficult for the middle order especially on a wicket which became slightly two-paced with the drizzle,” Dhoni said.

“Once we got off to a start, the openers should have carried on for a bit longer so that they could have played a few more shots, scored a few more runs and taken a bit of pressure off from the middle order.

“The batsmen are getting some kind of a start but we are not able to convert those starts into 50s or 75s or big partnerships. I feel it is very crucial that once you get off to a good start it is important you make a big partnership,” he said after India lost by 19 runs via D/L method.

New Zealand were placed at 170/2 when the rain interrupted play in the 34th over and afterwards the match was reduced to 42 overs per side, and they scored 101 runs in the last eight overs. The D/L method set 297 as the target for India which proved to be too much for the Men in Blue.

Dhoni, however, didn’t put the blame on his bowlers.

“There will always be pressure on the bowlers because you are always going to have a batting heavy side and the new ODI rule changes it has really affected us. More often than not we are seeing high run chases, over 280 at least most of the game we have played,” he said.

“But our death bowling has improved a lot if we compare it to what was happening maybe six months back. What you are seeing close to 300 runs, you may see it as slightly expensive, but if we do not bowl as well as we are bowling in the last few overs, it may go in excess of 340. That puts some serious pressure on the batsmen. We have seen improvement.

There is still scope for improvement,” Dhoni added.

Dhoni also believed that incessant rain-breaks affected his side’s momentum in the day-night game at Seddon Park.

“Whenever it is a rain-obstructed game, if the number of overs gets reduced, the second team has a benefit if straight away it becomes a 20-over game because you know your target and you have ten wickets. But anything from close to 10 or 15 overs getting deducted then you have a bit of a disadvantage because you have to start off really well and carry on the momentum throughout those 35 overs,” he opined.

India will next play New Zealand in the third ODI at Auckland.

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