Need more turning tracks, says Dhoni

Need more turning tracks, says Dhoni

“I would like to see pitches where the ball turns more and the spinners get bounce on a consistent basis,” the Indian captain told newsmen on Thursday evening. “That's what India is known for. Hopefully, we will be able to get those kind of wickets.

“The whole bowling unit looks very balanced,” he went on. “The fast bowlers look very fresh, which means they can bowl a lot of overs. Among the spinners, Ojha has been in and out of the playing eleven and Ashwin is new to the longer version, which means all are fairly fresh and raring to go and have a bit more energy on the field. They back themselves, which is very important in Tests.

“In the last Test, there was something in the wicket that favoured them,” he added. “But in this Test, especially in the second innings, there was not much turn for them so they had to rely on flight and variations. It was not a wicket where you could just get batsmen out. It was a tough job for the bowlers. In the first innings when West Indies were batting, there was a bit of moisture and the spinners got a bit of turn. But half an hour before lunch yesterday, it turned out to be a flat wicket and continued to be a flat wicket from that point.”

After the 0-4 drubbing in England, Dhoni observed, it was important for the team to come up with a good show. “The most important thing was to do well,” he observed. “England was a bad tour for us. There were several reasons why we did not do well there. It is always good to be on the winning side. But it's the process that's more important than the results.”

Asked if India were eyeing a whitewash going into the Mumbai Test, he replied, “We will try our best. It's difficult to predict in cricket. We will have to see what kind of wicket we get there. West Indies are a good side. Their bowling attack is quite good. And as they showed in the second innings, they are talented batsmen. We are expecting a tough third Test. We are not thinking about the results, we will try to do well on the field.”