MS Dhoni feels dew will play key role in India-Australia ODI series

MS Dhoni feels the exposure that Indian players got during the Zimbabwe series and India A’s tour of South Africa will help them in the long run © Getty Images

New Delhi: Aug 19, 2013

India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes that the toss will be crucial in the upcoming seven-match one-day home series against Australia in October-November, all the matches being day-nighters.

Dhoni said since all matches, including a Twenty20 game during the Oct 10-Nov 2 tour, were day-night affairs, dew would definitely be a factor and that makes winning the toss much more important.

“Australia’s tour of India is important. Around that time there will be a lot of dew, so it will be vital to win the toss. We will still try to give our best in the series,” said Dhoni on Monday.

On the performance of the young Indian team in Zimbabwe and South Africa, the 32-year-old said the experience will help them when India tours South Africa in November.

“The exposure the boys are getting in Zimbabwe and South Africa will help them in the long run. It will help them when they take on a quality opposition like South Africa later this year. They have done really well and the experience will help them in adjusting to conditions better,” added Dhoni.

India recently won the bilateral series against Zimbabwe 5-0 while India A won a tri-series against Australia A and South Africa A last week.