With the World Cup 2015 barely four months away, Indian captain Mahendra Singh today made it clear that the home team will look to experiment a few things in the ODI Series against West Indies starting tomorrow in Kochi. He, however, added that winning the series is of prime importance for his team.
“We want to see the bigger picture here. We want to do a few things (in the series) because you don’t want to go to Australia and say we should have done this, we should have done that. We will see what our cricketers can offer (against West Indies) and I will also see what best I can do,” Dhoni said at the pre-match presser.
“But it is important to start well and look to win the series. This is first and foremost in our minds,” he added.
The upcoming series against West Indies will be India’s last ODI Series before the World Cup Team is announced as the tri-series in Australia starts on 16th January and the deadline for naming the final fifteen is January 14th 2015 – exactly a month before the World Cup begins.
With Rohit Sharma out of the series due to injury, it will be a golden opportunity for Ajinkya Rahane to cement his position as an opener for the World Cup and the skipper too dropped hints that Rahane could be the one to partner Shikhar Dhawan.
“I personally feel Ajinkya (Rahane) has really held through his job as an opener, even in IPL he opens. He has been very consistent against both seamers and spinners. He should take the responsibility of being the opener. Ajinkya has opened for us in the past also in England earlier, not in the recent tour, before that,” Dhoni said.
“Ideally, Ajinkya as an opener and Rohit down the order suits us but that is something we will have to wait and watch. Definitely, we have some plans in that area. I still feel Ajinkya has much more to offer,” he added.
Dhoni, meanwhile expressed concerns on India’s death bowling.
“We have to get the executions right. We have to improve because we do not have too many fast bowlers who bowl quick and still maintain a good line and length. If you do not bowl quick and stray in line, it will be easy for a batsmen. Executing plans are not negotiable. Successful bowlers always bowl good yorkers and mix it up with slower deliveries,” the skipper said.
On uncapped Kuldeep Yadav’s selection just few months before the World Cup, Dhoni said that he deserved to be tested.
“We will see as to how he (Kuldeep) copes up with international cricket. What we saw in the Champions League Twenty20 was that being a wrist spinner he was getting a bit of purchase and still he has the knack of confusing the batsmen.
“We will see how he copes up with higher levels of cricket, how he soaks up the pressure in front of over 40,000 people,” he added.