Dhoni wary of pace threat

Published: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 12:44 [IST]
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Dhoni wary of pace threat

St Lucia: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has advised his batsmen to be cautious against Windies pace bowlers Ravi Rampaul and Jerome Taylor, who were largely responsible for India's down fall in the second ODI.

Dhoni pointed out that these two bowlers have unique ability to extract pace and swing even from a docile surface and that makes these two from the rest of the bowlers in the Carribean squad.

Rampaul bagged four for 37 and Taylor grabbed three for 35 to reduce India to 82 for eight before Dhoni's valiant 95 saved them the blushes. However, the brilliant spell from the two bowlers upfront was enough for the hosts to level the four-match series 1-1.

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Dhoni said that Taylor and Rampul bowled well on a batsmen-friendly pitch "I don't think there was much of a help for the bowlers in the pitch. They bowled really well, they were swinging the ball and also got the reverse swing going," Dhoni said on Wednesday.

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The 24-year-old Rampaul has battled injuries throughout his career. He has played 34 ODI matches scattered over 6 years and has claimed 30 wickets. His potential, though, was never in doubt. "Rampaul swings the ball really well, bowls in the right areas. He forces you to play a big shot like the cover drive," said Dhoni.

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While Rampaul relied more on swing, Taylor had the Indian batsmen in trouble with the short stuff. Rampaul said he has grown in confidence after the performance at Sabina Park Sunday. "It was a good return to international cricket with a performance like this. It has really helped me to come back and improve my confidence a lot," Rampaul said.


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