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'Doing well in sessions is important': Dhoni

Published: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 15:26 [IST]
 
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'Doing well in sessions is important'

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday pointed out that thay have to play well in sessions, particularly on the last two days of a Test match, to put themselves in a strong position ahead of the Test series against Australia.

The first Test match is scheduled to start on Friday, to be played in the PCA stadium, Mohali.

"Test cricket is about doing well in sessions. The team that wins more sessions in the last couple of days when the ball turns and bounces and there is reverse swing.. it becomes becomes deciding factor," Dhoni told reporters on the eve if the match at the PCA stadium.

Still doubtful about the nature of pitch, Dhoni expects pacers to trouble the Aussies early on.

"It looks that when the pacers will bowl, the ball might just skid on to the batsman," he assessed.

When asked how the Indian players will handle the likes of Johnson, Bollinger who have vowed to test the Indians with the short ball, Dhoni said the batsman will simply try and leave unplayable rising deliveries.

"The solution is simple. If you can't hook or pull, it's better you leave those deliveries," was his reply.

Dhoni termed Australia as an aggressive unit who will try to get a result out of the two-Test series.

"They are a competitive unit. But over the years, we have played a lot against the Australians. The boys know exactly what to expect. Normally, the strategy is decided after analysing the conditions. However, the basic strategy remains same," he said.

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