Lambs abroad tag is unfair, says Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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Mahendra_Singh_DhoniIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that the upcoming tour of New Zealand will be an ideal exposure trip for his young brigade as it prepares to defend the World Cup, which will be held in just over a year’s time in the Trans-Tasman nations.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that the upcoming tour of New Zealand will be an ideal exposure trip for his young brigade as it prepares to defend the World Cup, which will be held in just over a year’s time in the Trans-Tasman nations.

“We had to keep fine leg very deep and from a wicket keeping angle it looked like it was square leg. So it takes time to adjust. Overall, it would be a good exposure,” Dhoni said at the pre-departure conference in Mumbai on Saturday.

He predicted an exciting series in New Zealand and said that some of the matches could be high scoring, especially with the new ICC rules. “The grounds in New Zealand are different. In most places, there are drop-in pitches. It has been seen that the matches can be high scoring, especially with the new rule changes. When we went last time, we had played according to the old rules,” he said.

“But it will depend on what kind of wicket we are playing the match. If it is a flat wicket, small ground, and if there is a good partnership, the batsmen bat well, then in that scenario you can see that there could be lot of high-scoring matches,” Dhoni added.

“In their team, they have lot of interesting talent, there are many new players who are doing well and it is also their home condition. So I think overall, it looks exciting. It looks like an exciting series. Let’s hope for the best,” he said. The Indian captain also said that the previous series in South Africa yielded a lot of positives for his team.
Following the twin series loss in South Africa, he refuted the general suggestion that the Indian team is a lion at home and a lamb abroad.

“We had done well in New Zealand (2009) and South Africa (2010-11) before we lost in England (2011) and Australia (2011-12). It is unfortunate that the tag (lambs abroad) is affixed to us. But as a team we want to do well. We did well in the two Tests against South Africa. Yes we did lose the second Test (Durban) because we played bad cricket for just two and half hours and ended up being on the receiving end.