India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said here on Wednesday that when batsmen such as V.V.S. Laxman and Gautam Gambhir sit out due to injuries, the youngsters replacing them need to realise that the senior cricketers would return to the side.
Although Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara sparkled in India's seven-wicket win over Australia in Bangalore, Dhoni said Laxman and Gambhir would be in the eleven for the first Test against the Kiwis.
“But Vijay and Pujara are very much a part of the team. Both are very promising,” said Dhoni.
The Indian captain said it would be a folly to underestimate New Zealand. Dhoni also felt winning on a consistent basis enhances confidence and provides a side belief to recover from adversity.
On the Umpire Decision Review System, he said, “The umpires have a job to do and they are professionals. I am not entirely convinced that the system (UDRS) is foolproof. If I go in for a life jacket, I need to have warranty for it.”
Asked about his long, losing streak with the toss, Dhoni said, “It would be nice to win it. There are times when strategies are made around the toss.”
He was pleased that Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad would be entering cricket administration. — Special Correspondent