: “Cricketers like Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara will have to wait for some more time as we should give a fair chance to those who are in the playing eleven,” said Indian captain M.S. Dhoni, ahead of the second Test against New Zealand.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Dhoni was replying to a query on Gautam Gambhir's poor run of late. “He has set very high benchmarks. Perhaps feeling the pressure of the fear of failure. But, he is a very good cricketer and I believe he will come good, he is really working hard,” he said.
“Vijay was good in the matches he played — be it Test or the one-dayers. But, right now I feel Gautam is the best choice. Even Pujara did well in the Test he played and I hope he will come good for Indian cricket in the days to come,” Dhoni said.
“So is the case when it comes to choosing between Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth. Both are very talented and fit bowlers and bowling really well. It is always a difficult pick.”
“The pitch here in the past looked good for T20 and the ODIs. Looks slightly on the flatter side for the second Test, with a little bit of bounce. So, a lot depends on how well the pitch helps the bowlers,” Dhoni said about the first-ever Test match to be played at this venue.
Dhoni said Sachin Tendulkar, despite being on the verge of scoring his 50th Test century, was preparing the same way. “Calm and cool without showing any signs of anxiety,” he added.
On his own batting, Dhoni felt he was batting well but not able to convert the good starts. “Most of the times I was getting out to good balls and when the team needed some acceleration,” he said.
“The Kiwis are a very good side. Let us not forget that they had a bad tour to Bangladesh where they only played one-dayers. Still, I believe that we can win the Test despite what happened in the Ahmedabad Test,” the Indian captain said. Vettori optimistic
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said they would try to win the second Test here after one of their better performances in the first one. Vettori said he hoped to maintain the improved standards of the last Test. He, however, said that the first Test is gone and it is time to look ahead.
“International cricket is all about adapting to the conditions in different parts of the world. You cannot complain on the morning of a Test about the nature of the pitch. This ability is what made the Australians earlier and now India the No. 1 side in world cricket.”
“Definitely, it is a big challenge to take 20 wickets in a Test for any team in India which is now the No. 1 team. You are up against a formidable batting line-up and such is the nature of wickets,” Vettori said, when asked to react to the comments that this Kiwi team is not good enough to bowl out India twice in a Test.