Dhoni talked about his two senior-most bowlers, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, who will be leading the attack once again in this Test series, ahead of first tie against Kiwis. (JPN/Agencies)
"Zaheer not only brings motivation, but also new plans and helps the youngsters to execute them. He is a real help to the fast bowlers as he is someone who has played a lot outside the subcontinent. It is always good to have an experienced bowler in the side," said Dhoni.
"More often than not we have used Ishant as a one-change bowler. That again is a very crucial slot. At times with the Kookaburra ball, you don't get a lot of swing after 25-30 overs,” he said.
"It is important you keep hitting the same length, and try to get the batsmen out with his extra bounce. It will be crucial for him to keep it tight, keep bowling in the same areas, keep repeating the action, keep hitting the length we want him to, and build on pressure," the skipper said.
India lack experience in the batting department though. Herein they are led by Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, with the latter in keen focus here at the start of this Test series.
"Pujara has been really consistent. He is more of a banker. He respects the bowlers, wants them to pitch in his areas, and gives himself plenty of time. The domestic exposure has really helped him. He loves to spend some time in the middle,” the captain said.
"It is not easy to tempt him, to push him. Definitely he is someone who reads the game well. That's a big positive and he will only keep getting better and better," the Indian captain signed off.
Dhoni talked about his two senior-most bowlers, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, who will be leading the attack once again in this Test series, ahead of first tie against Kiwis.