This knock will help Jadeja to get his thinking right: Dhoni
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This knock will help Jadeja to get his thinking right: DhoniAuckland: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that Ravindra Jadeja`s 45-ball unbeaten 66 in the tied one-dayer against New Zealand will help the left-hander to develop into a more mature batsman.

"We are hoping that he (Jadeja) develops further as a batsman. The kind of talent that he has, we have seen him score plenty of runs in domestic the circuit. He just needs to get his thinking right and this innings should really help him do that," Dhoni said at the post-match media interaction here Saturday.

He also praised Jadeja`s controlled left-arm spin bowling on these unresponsive New Zealand tracks, stating, "He has been quite consistent as a bowler for us. Wickets haven`t turned here at all, but usually left-arm spinners are able to get turn wherever they bowl".

For Dhoni, the positive aspect is the expsoure of such a big run-chases in alien conditions.

"This game is good exposure for the two (Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin) of them. There aren`t many times that they have been in a situation like this. So this should help them grow as batsmen, especially Ashwin who has been working hard on his batting and he has a lot more to offer in batting department," he added.

The skipper was happy that the visitors have a chance to now draw level even if they can`t win the series.

"The big thing for us was to stay alive in this series. This game could have gone either way at the point where we lost five wickets for 140-odd runs. It seemed we needed to work hard and hard work and application to win from there. Jadeja and Ashwin batted really well to take us where we are now and keep us alive in the series," said Dhoni.

Dhoni was forthright in admitting that the performance of his bowlers was not upto the mark despite Ishant Sharma making the way for Jharkhand quick Varun Aaron.

"I will be very practical about our bowling performance. I don`t think, it was a good performance," said the Indian skipper.

"About Aaron, well, he needs to play a few more games and find consistency in his line and length. Also, if he is bowling at 140-145 km/hr, he needs to bowl two bouncers every over, irrespective of where he is playing. This is something we want our bowlers to understand.

"More than pace, the height of the bouncer is very important. So far in this series, we have used bouncers more than often and got some success as well," Dhoni signed off.

The skipper admitted that although they have some big hitters in their ranks, they haven`t fired.

"We have got power hitters in our batting, but we haven`t fired. We haven`t availed the last 10 overs, yet we are very close to opposition targets. Hopefully, in this series we will able to use those overs and get those extra runs in the remaining matches of this series.

"There is a certain brand of cricket we are known to play. That was missing in the last few games. So it was very important to express ourselves and the openers did that, so did the lower-order. Overall, I like the approach we showed in this game," he added.

Dhoni was forthright in admitting that the performance of his bowlers was not upto the mark despite Ishant Sharma making the way for Jharkhand quick Varun Aaron.

"I will be very practical about our bowling performance. I don`t think, it was a good performance," said the Indian skipper.

"About Aaron, well, he needs to play a few more games and find consistency in his line and length. Also, if he is bowling at 140-145 km/hr, he needs to bowl two bouncers every over, irrespective of where he is playing. This is something we want our bowlers to understand.

"More than pace, the height of the bouncer is very important. So far in this series, we have used bouncers more than often and got some success as well," Dhoni said.

The skipper admitted that although they have some big hitters in their ranks, they haven`t fired.

"We have got power hitters in our batting, but we haven`t fired. We haven`t availed the last 10 overs, yet we are very close to opposition targets. Hopefully, in this series we will able to use those overs and get those extra runs in the remaining matches of this series.

"There is a certain brand of cricket we are known to play. That was missing in the last few games. So it was very important to express ourselves and the openers did that, so did the lower-order. Overall, I like the approach we showed in this game," he concluded.
PTI

First Published: Saturday, January 25, 2014, 18:32


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