Windies ODI loss a good wake up call: Dhoni

Published: Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Noida:Conceding the five-match ODI series against Brian Lara's men may have left Team India with a dented pride but swashbuckling stumper Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a broad view of the series and felt this was an invaluable experience which would come in handy when Rahul Dravid's men return to the Caribbean for the World Cup early next year.

''Of course it was very disappointing (to lose the ODI series).

Actually we heard so much about the wickets there-- that's it's very fast and bouncy with lot of help for the pacers. But once we landed there, it turned out to be a complete different story. The pitches were slow, ball didn't come on to the bat and the batsmen could not play their shot. It was in fact slower than some of the pitches in India.

''However, I still feel that it was a great experience, especially considering that we will be playing World Cup there next year. I think the series would help us then and we are hoping for the best,'' he told reporters here today.

Asked if he would like to open the innings in the one dayers, the stumper sounded a perfect team man and said he would go by whatever the think-tank decides.

''Well, batting order is something the management decides. Now you have Sachin (Tendulkar) and (Virender) Sehwag as openers. I mean, I think this is something for the captain and the entire management to decide. And if you ask about me, I'm comfortable everywhere,'' he said.

Equally flamboyant behind and in front of the wickets, Dhoni also seemed quite at ease with his commercials.

''I think it's quite good and not very hectic. The shooting is generally for about two or three hours and you can relax. It's a small group as you shoot for one-and-a-half or two minutes and you have time for yourself,'' he added.

Dhoni also welcomed the BCCI decision to participate in next year's Twenty20 World Championship, even though he felt the new truncated version of the game would further cram the calendar.

''There will be more entertainment for spectators, that's for sure. They would enjoy it because you get results in two and a half hours' time. You see sixes and fours and enjoy good music and lovely crowd. I am looking forward to it.

''But with so many Test matches, one-dayers and twenty-20 matches, the amount of cricket will increase in the country and I think you would have to adopt the rotation policy,'' he said.

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