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Thu Apr 24 18:45:16 SAST 2014

Dhoni not worried about top order

TEAMtalk Media | 04 September, 2012 11:470 Comments
India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) and Virat Kohli walk off the field together after India won the match and the series against New Zealand on the fourth day of their second test in Bangalore, September 3, 2012
Image by: Vivek Prakash / REUTERS

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not all that worried about his side's batting performances, despite the top order's failure to score big runs in the series against New Zealand.

India won the series 2-0 on Monday, with Virat Kohli and Dhoni himself guiding the side home after they found themselves 166 for five while chasing 261 to win.

When required to bat in this series, neither Gautam Gambhir nor Virender Sehwag could record a fifty, while Sachin Tendulkar could not score more than 27 in his three knocks.

This left the younger batsmen, and the skipper, to steady the ship, but Dhoni is not worried about replacing veterans like VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid, both of whom retired recently.

Dhoni insisted: "We need to improve a bit but overall it's quite good. I don't see any reshuffling at the moment. It's quite some time that we play a Test series.

"I think Gautam (Gambhir) is batting really well in the nets. He started off really well (on Monday). So we're hoping he would come good in the coming games.

"These are the men we have to fight the war with because you have put in a lot of time and effort on these players.

"They have to take up a little more responsibility as the season progresses and hopefully they will come right."

Dhoni took heart from the fact that Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara were able to put up big scores, adding: "It's pleasing to see the youngsters perform.

"As far as missing somebody like Dravid and VVS is concerned, you will always miss them. When Pujara comes and scores a 150 or 160, you still will miss them because of the kind of performances they have given in the past.

"I feel the boys who are coming in are not replacing anyone. They are coming in with their own character and it was nice to see them perform.

"It is a continuous learning process and they are shaping up well. It is a big positive for us."

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