First ODI could be a high-scoring game, says MS Dhoni

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Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 12:00 [IST]
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First ODI could be high-scoring: Dhoni

Johannesburg, Dec 3: India captain MS Dhoni has promised "good and exciting" One Day International series against South Africa starting here on December 5.

Dhoni and his men landed in South Africa on Monday and wasted no time in getting into training mode. The first of the three ODIs will be held on Thursday in Johannesburg.

"Over here, what you may see is some good, exciting cricket. Generally, what we have seen in ODIs here is that the pitches provide something for the fast bowlers but at the same time, if you are a batsman who likes the ball coming onto the bat, this is the place to play. Johannesburg can be a high-scoring venue. It will give a fair amount of challenge to both teams," Dhoni told reporters on Monday.

With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) involved in a battle over the appointment of Haroon Lorgat as CSA CEO, Dhoni refused to comment on that and said their focus was firmly on cricket.

The captain also said that he is not expecting hostile reception from the crowds after the tour was curtailed to three ODIs and two Tests.

"The relationship between the players of the two teams has been really good. The IPL, especially, has helped us a lot. Though there was some chirping, there hasn't been a single case when the guys have crossed the line.

"Whenever we have come here we have got a fantastic reception and I don't think that will change. We need to respect the schedule we have. What is in our hand is two Test matches and from here we go to New Zealand and then there's the Asia Cup," Dhoni added.


Story first published:  Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 11:20 [IST]
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