Dhoni ready to take risks against Mendis

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/d/dhoni-mahela.jpg' class='caption'> MS Dhoni said Mendis would not be much of a threat if openers Sehwag and Gambhir go after his loose deliveries in the one-dayers starting from Monday.

Updated: August 21, 2008 15:48 IST
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Ajantha Mendis remained an unsolved mystery for the Indian cricket team during the Test series but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the Sri Lankan spin wizard would not be much of a threat if Indian openers go after his loose deliveries in the one-dayers starting from Monday.

Dhoni admitted that the addition of Mendis in the Sri Lankan attack has made life tough for Indian batsmen but insisted that the key to handle him effectively lies in playing against him on consistent basis.

"It is difficult to make out from the video footages about his bowling. The more you play the more comfortable you will get.

"You have to take chances against him in the sense you got to make sure when he bowls a loose delivery you get the most out of it so that you can put pressure on the bowler," he said at a press conference.

The Indian skipper said the Indian team was looking forward to a good start by openers.

"In any form of cricket whether in Test cricket or one-dayers, the start is very important. But it does not mean the entire pressure is on the openers to always give you a good start.

"Of course it is crucial. He is in a very good nick. Gautam Gambhir has played well in the Test series also. Of course they will have some added responsibility but no real pressure," he said.

Dhoni also revealed that India will go in with five bowlers in the first one-dayer but said they were undecided on the combination.

"We are playing with five bowlers. Most likely it would be a three to two combination because you hardly play with a 4-1 combination. We will look at the wicket and decide," Dhoni said.

"I have never thought of it. We will look to play five bowlers. We have not decided on that. We are looking for a six and five combination," he added.

At the same time, Dhoni wants his bowlers to contain explosive rival opener Sanath Jayasuriya.

"You can compare Jayasuriya to Sehwag and Adam Gilchrist. It is very important not to let them have a real good start. Because they are sort of batsmen who will take chances.

"Therefore trying to restrict them will be a good option. They will commit mistakes. The entire responsibility comes on players like Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene to rotate the strikes and to get some boundaries in the middle.

"All these players they are completely different from each other. Some one like Jayasuriya it is important to get them out," he opined.

Dhoni said his young team lacks in experience but would make up for it with its fighting spirit.

"We have players who have played in 200 match and 150 matches. Some have also played 300 matches. But we have a fair amount of experience with some players having played more than 100 one dayers. It is now on how the guys who have come up here perform and how they have adapted on the conditions.

If he bats the way he has been doing of late, Dhoni has a chance to perch himself up the ranking ladder but the skipper said records have never occupied his mind.

"I have never really thought over it. My journey from one to out of the ten spot and then coming back I have never thought about that. For me what is important is winning games," he said.

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