Pleasing to see spinners fight on unhelpful tracks: Dhoni



Pleasing to see spinners fight on unhelpful tracks: DhoniBangalore: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday lauded his new spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha for putting up an admirable performance on tracks that were not exactly tailor-made for spinners.

"It was pleasing to see them (spinners) fight batsmen on a wicket, which was not helping them, specially in the first innings of both Test matches," Dhoni told reporters.

Hailing off-spinner Ashwin, who led the Indian attack by scalping five for 69 in the second innings of the Bangalore Test here, Dhoni said he managed to bowl well even though it was tough for him to consistently bowl in one area because he loves taking wickets with his variations.

"He is learning that. The good thing is that both the spinners complimented each other. They are hunting well. Their performance was really good in the series."

On Tendulkar`s form, Dhoni said that whenever people talk about his form, the veteran comes up with brilliant performances.

"I am just waiting for it. I don`t get worried about that," he insisted.

As far as Gautam Gambhir`s batting worries are concerned, Dhoni said that the Delhi batsman is batting well in the nets and it is just a matter of time before he bounces back.

"Today as a matter fact he started off really well. We are hoping he will come good in coming few games," said Dhoni, adding that that there was no question of reshuffling the batting order.

Cheteshwar Pujara may have shown signs of filling into the big shoes of Rahul Dravid, having scored a brilliant 159 in the first Test at Hyderabad but Dhoni said the team would always miss the legendary batsmen -- Dravid and Laxman.

"We miss their (Laxman and Dravid) kind of performance they have given for last 12 to 15 years. I feel the boys coming in are not replacing anyone, they are coming in with their own character.

"It was nice to see them perform. It is a continuous learning process for them and they are shaping really good, that`s a big positive for us," said Dhoni.

Heaping praise on Virat Kohli, the captain said, "He batted brilliantly, specially in Bangalore Test because the team needed someone to soak up pressure and he was the guy who did that in both innings here."

Denying that he has changed anything about his own batting, Dhoni said, "If the ball is in my area I will hit it because it is important to score runs. If you have played 100 balls in a day, you should at least get 40-45 runs, if not more.

"I am not curbing my instinct too much, but I am trying to improve as a cricketer."

PTI