Ind vs Eng: Embattled Dhoni hopes for better batting show

first_imgIndia were left grappling with injury worries ahead of the crucial second Test against England with pace spearhead Zaheer Khan being ruled out after failing to recover from the hamstring injury and opener Gautam Gambhir a doubtful starter -still struggling with his elbow injury.Injuries have been an issue for India for some time and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni rued the fact that it’s been rare when he has been able to field a fullstrength team in Tests.”As a side, we have constantly faced this problem. Whenever we play, we are not at full strength. It has happened constantly,” he said on the eve of the Trent Bridge Test.India’s batsmen scored under 300 runs in both innings at Lord’s and Dhoni expected them to show a huge improvement in the second Test.”It not just an individual. What we need is stands. Partnerships of 50-100 runs really help the innings go along,” Dhoni said.”It’s also important that batsmen convert their starts but it’s not that they don’t try it. The lower half must put a price on their wickets and even 40-60 runs from them is very helpful. We have done so in the past and we will come back to give our best,” he added.The wicketkeeper stressed that India need to do well in the first innings to make a match of it. ” It’s important we do well in the first innings. It’s been shown that once a team takes a 100- 120 run lead, it becomes a very difficult situation to make a comeback in the match,” he said.advertisementIndia are in danger of losing their number one Test ranking, but Dhoni said he couldn’t be overtly concerned about it.”If you enjoy the sport, the ratings take care of itself. It’s a constant process, nobody owns number one rankings. How you get there is important and once there, it’s difficult to maintain.” Dhoni acknowledged that his team gets better as a series progresses and are never really at their best at the start of it.”We have seen our batsmen, bowlers, fielders improve as they get used to conditions,” he said.Watch OutJames AndersonEngland pacer James Anderson is in no mood to underestimate India and believes the world No 1 Test team has the ability to make a strong comeback following their humiliating 196-run loss in the series opener at Lord’s.”If you look at their team sheet, it is a daunting lineup. They had the misfortune of Zaheer Khan pulling up early on, but they will come back strongly,” Anderson said on Thursday. “But hopefully we can continue the good work in the next three games,” he added.The 28-year-old pace spearhead, who picked up five for 65 in India’s second innings to script England’s win in the 2000th Test in history, was thrilled with the perfect team performance.”It was a great game for us. Kevin Pietersen getting a double hundred, Matt Prior getting a hundred. It was a matter of patience for us in an attempt to get ten wickets. We had confidence that we could bowl them out,” Anderson said.”They have fantastic batters, a world class line-up who could quite easily bat through the day. That’s why patience was the key,” he added.With inputs from PTIlast_img