India vs Australia: MS Dhoni gives us a lot of confidence, says Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgIndia will continue to target Australia’s under-pressure openers Alex Carey and Aaron Finch as they seek to add a one-day series win to their first ever Test series victory in the third and final match in Melbourne on Friday.Carey and Finch’s best opening partnership in the first two matches of the series is the 20 runs they achieved in Adelaide on Tuesday.Carey, the team’s vice-captain, has scored a total of 42 runs while captain Finch has tallied just 12 and been bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in both games of the series, which is locked at 1-1.Finch was also dropped from the Test squad after he struggled in the that series and India have concentrated on the 32-year-old, who has 11 one-day international centuries and two in Twenty20 internationals.”We respect that Finch is a great player … we make sure our guard is up always,” Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan told reporters on Thursday.”The boys must have seen his weakness and they are implementing their plans quite nicely. They’re not giving him singles that easily or even boundary options.”Once you’re creating that pressure to a batsman, especially in limited overs, that batsman is going to do something extra or take more risk to rotate the strike or to score more runs. That’s where we’re having the opportunity.”Dhawan added that the pressure the bowlers were placing on the Australians at the top of the order meant they were not capitalising on the fielding restrictions during the first 10-over power-play.Australia slumped to 41-2 in 9.5 overs in the first game in Sydney, while they were 38-2 after 10 overs in the second match in Adelaide, although that total was only boosted by scoring 11 runs in the 10th.advertisement”Bhuvi (Kumar) is very experienced as well as (Mohammed) Shami,” Dhawan said. “That’s why in the first 10 overs we have been dominating.”Dhawan also said that it was great to see MS Dhoni performing well in both the ODIs of their ongoing three-match series and added that he is happy that the wicket-keeper batsman is getting back in touch. Dhawan also praised right-hand batsman Dinesh Kartik who played a knock of 25 runs off 24 balls in the last ODI against Australia.”It was great to see a good team performance in the last one day match against Australia. The way Dhoni played in both the games is really great. I am very happy that Dhoni is getting his touch back. A player of his stature, who plays the game with so much calmness, gives so much confidence to other batsmen. It is very important for us.”Even Dinesh (Karthik) played a very good knock in the last game. So the good thing is that we got all fit and mature players which make us a strong batting unit. We have been consistent in our performance over the past few years and hopefully, we will continue performing well in coming years,” he said.India will be aiming to clinch the ODI series while taking on Australia in their final match of the series. Dhawan admitted that if they won, it would be a good achievement for the team adding that they are looking forward to the match.”It will be a big final tomorrow. It is going to be an interesting game for both the teams. We are looking forward to an exciting game tomorrow. It (the victory) will mean a lot to us. It is always good to come here and win. If we win tomorrow, it will be a big achievement for us. Of course, we are going to value it and cherish it,” Dhawan said.One of the main concerns for the Indian team during the first two matches of the ODI series has been the spot of the third pacer. India tried Khaleel Ahmed in the first match and replaced him with Mohammed Siraj in the second ODI but none of them could make an impact.Reflecting on the same, Dhawan said that there is nothing to be worried about as they are youngsters and would take time to adjust to the conditions.”There is nothing to worry about. They (Siraj and Ahmed) are young blokes. They just came in. Of course, we back them. That’s how they are going to learn when they play against a good side. If they go for runs, it is when they lift themselves up and think more about their game and strategy. That’s how they will become more mature players,” he said.Talking about the Australian team, Dhawan stated that they are definitely missing banned cricketers, Steve Smith and David Warner. He, however, added that the team is going pretty well without them as well.advertisement”Australia has got a well balanced side and Finch is a great batsman. I feel the presence of David Warner and Steve is missing in the side. They are legends of their country and big cricket players in cricket world but they are doing well,” Dhawan concluded.Also Read | Dhoni, Shaw and Bencic with Federer shine in #10YearChallengeAlso Read | Rishabh Pant for World Cup 2019? Sachin Tendulkar weighs in with his thoughtsAlso Read | A hundred on Makar Sankranti for 3 successive years: How the stars aligned for Virat Kohlilast_img