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Wadekar backs Dhoni's Dominica decision

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Ajit Wadekar has backed Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision not to press for victory in the third and final Test against the West Indies at Dominica. File photo
AP Ajit Wadekar has backed Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision not to press for victory in the third and final Test against the West Indies at Dominica. File photo

Ajit Wadekar has backed Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision not to press for victory in the third and final Test against the West Indies at Dominica. Dhoni has been widely criticised for not attempting a win when India required 86 off 90 balls. But the former India captain who led an experienced team to England in 1971 and deployed leg spinner Bhagwat Chandrasekhar at The Oval to notch a first series on England soil said: ``In the circumstances Dhoni did the right thing. India was leading the series 1-0 and heading to England. If India had clinched the second Test and series at Barbados, Dhoni, like any captain would have continued. He had made a very bold decision to declare at Barbados in an attempt to win. Here at Dominica, Rahul Dravid and V.V. S.Laxman were in the middle, but they did not look very comfortable. Probably it would have created a panic-like situation in the dressing room if one of them had got out. It’s was not worth taking the risk. If India had lost the third Test and drawn the series 1-1, it would have been a setback before the series against England., It would have been a setback to the Indian team’s confidence.’’,

India is all set to begin the four-Test series against at Lord’s on July 21 and Wadekar foresees a like event unfolding this time, just as it transpired in 1971. ``We beat the West Indies 1-0 in 1971 and went on to beat England 1-0 at `The Oval’. `` India is going to play only one warm-up (against Somerset) before the first Test. I would have preferred to have three or four matches. But then this Indian team is so much used to travelling and playing. They are mentally prepared. They get acclimatised quickly and get used to the conditions quickly.’’, Wadekar felt Dhoni’s team will be very positive at Lord’s. ``Dhoni is a cool and calm captain. Moreover he has Duncan Fletcher to offer sufficient information about the England players. Fletcher’s presence will be advantageous.

Actually Dhoni would not require so much details, he’s so matured. They will play to their strength. Cricketers are ambitious and like to perform at Lord’s, such is the thrilling atmosphere there.’’, Always in touch with the game, Wadekar is impressed with Ishant Sharma’s remarkable comeback in the West Indies. ``It’s tremendous. He could turn out to be the match winner in England. We have a good seam attack and an experienced spinner in Harbhajan Singh. Leg spinner Amit Mishra is also bowling well. But the bowlers will need support from the fielders and the batsmen who have to put enough runs on the board.’’

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Australian team, when were champions had taken plenty of such risks and won many games from such positions. Indian team is nowhere close to Ricky Ponting's champion team. Had Ponting been in place of Dhoni, he would have definitely gone for the win.

from:  Ajay
Posted on: Jul 15, 2011 at 09:18 IST

Very intresting point he made is that Fletcher would play a role in educating Team India about their opposition...Yeah, The decision to call of the game early was a wise one. Dhoni rocks.

from:  Mohammed
Posted on: Jul 14, 2011 at 20:24 IST

A well-constructed article. Dhoni is being lambasted by the media for calling off the match on the final day. Yet I reckon in a way, it is a good move. I am sure dhoni would not be bothered about what media writes about him and his team. All we want is a series win against England.

from:  Divakar
Posted on: Jul 14, 2011 at 18:53 IST

Yes I agree that the pitch was wearing and Bishoo was bowling negative. It was the right decision from Dhoni.If Bhajji was upset about him not pursuing for the win he could have bowled a better line and length. Anytime a tailender like Edwards can bat for 3 hrs their is no excuse.Bajji has become a liability for the team and he cannot survive on his past performances.He is currently the weakest link.I feel India should include Yuvraj instead and strengthen our batting at the Lords Test as it may offer no spin. Besides Raina and Yuvraj can bowl a few overs if needed.It is worth a try.(without Shewag) in the team. As for Mr. Wadekar he was a great Captain & Tactician no doubt he is right to back Dhoni.Good Luck India and Dhoni do India proud by winning this 2000TH TEST MATCH AT LORDS AND EVENTUALLY THE SERIES.

from:  Tushar Mukherjee
Posted on: Jul 14, 2011 at 18:49 IST

dhoni is a great player compare than u,so he knows all things about the test; i think that was the correct decision

from:  vicky
Posted on: Jul 14, 2011 at 16:02 IST
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