India's approach will remain the same: Dhoni

India's approach will remain the same: Dhoni

Recuperating from a finger injury, MS Dhoni watched the first Test from the dressing room and the skipper fully approved the way India went about their chase of the target on the final day and the manner in which Virat Kohli led the side.

Excerpts from his media interaction:

On the team’s approach in Adelaide:

I think it was the right approach. We went for the target which I felt was very important and also if you see the kind of partnership that was built we were in a position to chase down the target.

Unfortunately we lost some quick wickets when Vijay got out. It was very difficult for us to come back and draw the game. The only approach would have been to win the game from there. It was fantastic and the good thing was the commitment; we went for it and throughout we tried to get the number of runs required.

On whether he will change the approach: The approach will remain the same. A lot depends on the platform you get -- what kind of partnership your batsmen, the openers and the middle order, have provided. Accordingly, you see the number of runs you can put on.

You exploit what really is there for you. A lot depends on the momentum and how the game is going and then you decide what needs to be done.

On Kohli’s captaincy: I think he has been fantastic not only as a batsman but also as a leader. The ODIs he led India against Sri Lanka at home, he was fantastic.

He is an aggressive character and slightly different to what I am but at the end of the day you don’t want all individuals to captain the same way. I feel what he did throughout the Test match was really great.

Especially his approach towards his batting was fantastic. Not to forget he had a very lean series in England and it was good to see the way he prepared for the match and ultimately how went after the bowlers. Overall, I thought he did well.

On Indian spinners’ struggles abroad: The spinners’ natural instinct is to take wickets, especially our spinners. Most of your cricket you play in your respective countries and accordingly, our spinners will have that instinct of going for wickets.

But over here where the conditions aren’t helpful to them, they have to change their attitude. What becomes important is to keep one end tight so that the fast bowlers can attack from the other end. And once there is a bit of help, we have seen there is a plenty of bounce for them to exploit, that’s the time when you look for wickets.

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