Dhoni sees no changes in batting order for Windies Tests
Limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni Wednesday said he doesn’t see any major alterations in India’s batting order, when the Virat Kohli-led side takes on hosts West Indies in a four-Test rubber, starting Thursday.
Dhoni, who led India to a 1-0 win, the last time when India toured the Caribbean in 2011, feels India has a “settled” line-up and has the experience of playing in alien conditions.
“We have a settled top six batting. There can be one or two new faces but more or less that’s how the mix works. They have also played outside subcontinent and have necessary experience,” said Dhoni.
The Ranchi stumper predicted that the wickets in the West Indies will be on the slower side, assisting the spinners.
“I think wickets will be slower in West Indies but you never know. I think spinners will have a huge role to play.”
India will take on the West Indies in the first of the four Tests at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here from Thursday.
The 35-year-old is also pleased with the number of bowlers warming the bench, which he finds a healthy competition.
“The more the competition better it is. It’s good that finally we have a pool of 8-10 bowlers who are pushing for selection. If I look at a year back, during an ODI series against South Africa, there were a few bowlers who were injured.
“And we have bowlers with all areas covered. If you want pace we have that. If you want swing, we have that. Of course, we have to be careful about injury management,” he said.