Team India is not overconfident: Dhoni

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Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 17:36 [IST]
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Team India is not overconfident: Dhoni

Bangalore, Aug 30: Despite dominating the first Test and winning it bt an innings and 115 runs, Indian captain MS Dhoni is not taking New Zealand lightly in the second Test which starts here on Friday.

On the eve of the match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Dhoni said they were never "overconfident" and respected the opposition.

"You don't have to be overconfident. That has never been the case with us. We are a team which respects the opponents wherever we are playing. So whatever right we did in the first Test we have to repeat everything. (We'll) try and stick to the basics and keep it simple," said Dhoni on Thursday.

The skipper did not reveal the team combination and would wait till the morning of the match.

"Have you seen the wicket?," he asked before adding "Will see how it looks on the final day and then decide on how to go about what combination we are playing.

"Yesterday, the wicket appeared a little greenish so today it seems the grass has been shaved off."

"Let's see and it's up to the groundsmen to do the changes (to the pitch) if they feel. So they are still working on the wicket, so that's the reason I said will have a final look at the wicket before the start of the game and then decide about the best playing combination."

On New Zealand's bowling, Dhoni said: "I think they have a good bowling side, especially on this kind of wicket and overcast conditions they will come up with good bowling plan and execute their plans well. Hyderabad was a bit different as there was no much for the pacers so still their fast bowlers got wicket. So they rely a lot on their fast bowlers."

Dhoni also said Cheteshwar Pujara will continue to bat at number three and there was no plan to push Virender Sehwag down the order.


Story first published:  Thursday, August 30, 2012, 17:34 [IST]
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