When it comes to Sachin Tendulkar, do not speculate: MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni clarified on Thursday that he demanded spinning tracks to negate the impact of toss PTI

Mumbai: Nov 22, 2012

India had created history in April 2011 by clinching the World Cup at Wankhede but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that his team wasn’t thinking too much about the past.

“About the feel good factor at the Wankhede, we are not thinking too much into the past and too much into the future.

We all know England are very good and we would like to focus on this match. We hope that the wicket won’t change much,” said Dhoni.

Asked about the likelihood of England going in with Monty Panesar, who was surprisingly omitted in Ahmedabad, Dhoni said while he was a fine left-arm spinner but including him would weaken the visitors’ batting.

“They looked quite balanced in the first Test. Monty is a very good left arm spinner. He may get a bit of more turn and bounce here. His role will be crucial, but it has to be seen who England leaves out from the XI.”

Dhoni insisted that contrary to some views, England, who are 0-1 down in the series, can bounce back.

“Often a lot is said about how a team finds it difficult to come back. The fact remains that the start one has to start from the scratch on a fresh day. The English team will take quite a few positives from the last game. Nowadays it’s not difficult to get out of a loss.

“The Twenty20 format has really taught us to be in the same state of mind irrespective of the fact of having lost or won the first game.”

Dhoni refused to speculate whether this match could be the last Test of Sachin Tendulkar on his home ground as he is approaching 40 and the next Test may not be held here for some considerable amount of time.

“When it comes to Sachin, the best thing to do is not to speculate. He may come back and play a few more Test matches.

Let’s wait and watch and enjoy the kind of cricket he plays,” said Dhoni.