Warne skeptical on Dhoni's demand for turners

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 16:37 [IST]
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Mumbai, Nov 23: Australian spin great Shane Warne, has termed MS Dhoni's demand for turning tracks as a mind game during the on-going Test series against England, who are considered to be vulnerable against spin.

Warne, who is currently in Mumbai with the commentators' team for the on-going Test series between India and England, has said that Team India skipper is playing mind games.

Dhoni is playing mind games, slams Warne

"You know it's a red soil. You know it is going to spin. I don't like captain specifically asking for it. Asking the curator if we can have a big spin. I don't think you should be asking for it. We know it is going to spin. I think he is playing a few mind games with England batsmen," Warne said at an ESPN event here on Thursday.

Dhoni, who had asked curators to prepare turning tracks from Day One, was unhappy after India's nine-wicket win against England atr Ahmedabad as he said that he would not like to look at the wicket again.

"We wanted the curators to prepare the pitches that will turn from day one," Dhoni said after his team's win against England in Ahmedabad.

Reacting to the same, Warne slammed Dhoni, as he said that Dhoni was just playing mind games, having said that he wanted turning pitches for the rest of the series while the tracks in the sub-continent usually assist spinners.

"I think the groundsman will prepare whatever wicket he wants to prepare. I am sure Dhoni hasn't even spoken. He just put some doubts in the English batsmen's mind that we are getting huge turning wicket. But I am sure the pitch will be just the same. It is just mind games," the legendary spinner said.

Known for playing mind games, Australian cricketers have tried to dominate others while playing them, and probably that could have made Warne assume such things and term it as a mind-game.

Moreover, Warne also blasted Dhoni, as he said a skipper should not be asking for turners, as nobody is interested in flat tracks.

"I don't think the captain should be asking. It should be upto the groundsmen. the groundsmen will take pride in producing the best Test wicket. And both teams will then have a look at the wicket and work out the team combination and work out whether they want to bat or bowl first.

"There is a contest between the bat and the ball. I don't think anyone is interested in flat wickets with 700 runs. It's boring. But in India you have to expect turning wickets," he said.


Story first published:  Friday, November 23, 2012, 12:34 [IST]
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