‘We’re not taking New Zealand lightly’, says Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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“We’ll give them the respect they should get and we know their experienced players are dangerous enough to win games by themselves”

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced that the national team are “not taking New Zealand lightly”, especially after their impressive performance against the West Indies.

Dhoni also admitted that India need to bounce back from their 1-0 loss against South Africa in the recently concluded Test series.

“New Zealand are a fantastic side,” Dhoni said. “They’ve got good bowlers and their recent performances have been really good. And especially at home, they’ll know the conditions better than us and for some who have not played here it will be a challenge.

“We’re not taking New Zealand lightly, we’ll give them the respect they should get and we know their experienced players are dangerous enough to win games by themselves.”

Dhoni also noted that India should take full advantage of this tour, especially since the 2015 World Cup will he held in Australia and New Zealand.

“It’s good exposure for them,” he said. “The grounds here are a very different shape and it’s difficult to exactly pinpoint the fielding positions. They are quite different to where you usually place your fielders. Overall, it’ll be a fantastic tour for all the guys.”

However, Dhoni conceded that India’s success will depend on the amount of success their pace attack has with the new ball.

“Overall I’m quite happy with the bowlers,” he said. “Again it really depends on the conditions. But if the wicket is favouring the fast bowlers we’ve definitely got bowlers who can make the most out of the new ball.”

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