Zaheer's return is a big bonus for us, says Dhoni

“Every game is big for us,” Dhoni said on Saturday afternoon. “When you are number one or on the way to becoming number one, every game is important -- irrespective of where you are playing in a particular series or whether you are playing in the sub-continent or outside. We  don’t consider one Test as being more important than the others. By doing that, you can put additional pressure on yourself.”

Even though the batting crumbled for 136 in the first innings in Centurion, the inability of the Indian bowling to pick up more than four wickets in 130 overs has been at the top of the think-tank’s concerns. “Zaheer will be back, which is a big bonus for us,” Dhoni pointed out. “We know the bowlers have the talent. But they need to execute the plans well, and at times they have to be patient. In the last game, we were not able to get even 10 wickets.

It is a definitely a big worry if you want to win the Test.” While Zaheer’s return is a huge positive, the team will be hoping the blow Gautam Gambhir took to his left hand during nets on Saturday isn’t serious enough to keep him out of action. “Zak has opted out of today’s session but he is fit. Gautam has a bit of a niggle in his left hand, I have not got a formal report from the physio,” Dhoni said. “He got hit during the last Test and he batted today also, but he has a bit of swelling.”

The pitch, he said, looked ‘quite green’ but the toss wouldn’t be half as decisive as in Centurion. “The toss will be important, but I think the wicket will behave the same throughout the Test match.”

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