We'll sort Mendis out in Tests: Dhoni

Updated: 11 July 2008 08:31 IST

Lankan spin sensation Ajantha Mendis may have wreaked havoc in the Asia Cup final but skipper MS Dhoni refuses to consider him a major threat.

Karachi:

Sri Lankan spin sensation Ajantha Mendis may have wreaked havoc on the Indian batsmen in the Asia Cup final but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni refuses to consider him a major threat in the upcoming Test series, saying the experienced players in the Indian Test line-up will sort him out.

Mendis picked up six wickets in the Asia Cup final on Sunday night to single-handedly destroy the Indian batting, which failed to cope with the guiles of the unorthodox spinner.

Dhoni said Mendis proved a tough customer because the Indians were playing him for the first time and insisted that his batsmen will unravel his mystery once they start playing him more often.

"He (Mendis) is a difficult bowler and if you see one of the good things is we will be playing Test matches first in Sri Lanka. So the burden of scoring off him will not be there and the players can take their time and get used to him," Dhoni said when asked if Mendis could pose problems in the coming series.

"He is a difficult bowler and the batsmen must prepare themselves. We have experienced players in the Test side and they will get a chance to see a few more video recordings and preview of him," he added.

But Dhoni conceded that to pick Mendis' line, it is important to spend some time in the middle against him.

"...Frankly speaking unless you don't play against him in the middle it is difficult to pick him up," Dhoni said.

The Indian captain also shed some light on why Mendis proved to be so destructive.

"We play Kumble (Anil) more often. It is the fast delivery that tends to come in that is lethal. But if you are playing Mendis most of the time when he flights the ball it is a googly or off spinner," he explained.

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