Dhoni wants to avoid controversy on Australia tour
Fielding a question on possible fireworks like the one on the 2007-08 tour involving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds, both of whom will be missing this time around, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni felt that the likes of Virender Sehwag would provide all the "fireworks" on the field. "We will try to keep the fireworks off.
Hopefully, we do not have any injuries before the start of the Test
series -- Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Someone like Sehwag will provide fireworks on the field. Not on the verbal side but with the bat. And if the bowlers do well, then the ball will do the talking. Hopefully, we will keep the controversy away," said Dhoni at a pre-tour media conference here yesterday.
Looking refreshed after a welcome break, Dhoni was at pains to drive home the point that an injury-free Indian team is ready for the forthcoming Test series in Australia.
Unlike the tour of England this summer, the Indian team would benefit greatly by not only sending a set of key players in advance to Australia but also a couple of practice games ahead of the first Test beginning December 26 in Melbourne, Dhoni pointed out.
"I needed the break and I am happy that I got it. I am looking forward to the Australian tour. We have enough time for some preparation also before the start of the first Test match. Hopefully, we do not have any injuries before the start of the Test series," he said The captain expressed confidence in his bowlers while rejecting the theory that bowling is one of India's major weaknesses.
"Our bowlers are talented. Of course, when you do not have your main bowlers, you need a bit of time. Once the youngsters play more and more games, they get experienced at the top levels. I think talent-wise we are there. We have a good exposure for the youngsters," he said.
On a query regarding the England tour that saw the Indian team hit by a lot of injuries, Dhoni said it was different this time around. "If you see the injury list, it is quite blank as of now. More often than not, the 15 or 16 who are in the team will be ready for selection to play.
"That takes a bit of pressure off and you need not worry about the playing XI that much as most players get their berths on merit. "Apart from that, the batting line-up is quite the same. Bowling-wise we have got Umesh Yadav, who can bowl at over 140 kmph. I think it looks like a good pack. We need to do well on the field rather than looking at it as to how we look on paper," Dhoni said.