Dhoni wants India to avenge their 4-0 whitewashing at the hands of England last year
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes that the Test team and the country’s recent record in overseas tours will start to improve over time.
Dhoni was responding to legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar’s remarks about the team looking very “vulnerable” ahead of their Test series against England.
“On paper it may look the weakest. It is a different looking team after the retirement of Rahul bhai (Dravid) and V.V.S.Laxman. But we are also a very different side on the field. Slowly we are growing in confidence and I am hopeful that this team will only improve with time,” Dhoni said.
Dhoni noted that the entire team were looking forward to the upcoming series against England, arch-rivals Pakistan and Australia.
“The team has a busy time ahead with the home series against England, Pakistan (and) Australia. We will try our best against England. We will try to do good and focus on the specifics. We need to be fit for the gruelling time ahead. The side is doing well in the one-day format and it will take some time to get back to the top of Test cricket,” Dhoni added.
The India captain also backed his two main spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha, to take full advantage of the spin-friendly conditions throughout the Test series.
“It has been a while since I have seen spinners dominating a Test match. I would want to see that against England. We usually take the advice from the curators before a game. He knows the wicket best. We generally put in a requisition on the type of pitch we would prefer for a game. But at the end of the day, the groundsmen know the best. If you talk about a sporting pitch, there is no such definition for it. However, when you come to the sub-continent you get turning tracks here. But we want to improve our game by playing on all kinds of surfaces,” Dhoni said.
When asked who was currently the fittest player in the squad, Dhoni said: “I think Virat Kohli is the fittest at the moment. Manoj (Tiwary) is another guy who is very fit.”