Will decide on an extra spinner after Australia-Pakistan match: MS Dhoni

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni has said whether India play an extra spinner in their final Super Eights game against South Africa will be decided only after seeing the preceding Australia-Pakistan game at the R Premadasa Stadium here on Tuesday.”We have to see how the wicket behaves. We have a bit of liberty because the first match starts at 3.30 pm. We can watch the match on TV and see if it is turning or not, because all teams have good spinners. That will have an impact on the playing XI we decide to put out,” the India captain said.While the victory over Pakistan was a morale-booster, Dhoni is not counting his chickens and wants his team to take things as they come.”Yes, it’s the last match of the Super Eights, it could also turn out to be our last match of the tournament. It will be important to win. But if there is an equation about margins, it will be tricky. It will also depend on how the wicket plays on the day.”Dhoni is wary of the threat South Africa pose, despite their lacklustre effort so far in the Super Eights. “They are a very good side. Their bowling line-up looks a very complete one with quality fast bowlers. They also have batsmen who can really score runs at a good pace right from AB to Kallis to Amla and JP Duminy,” he said.South Africa coach Gary Kirsten downplayed the fact that he can give his players insights into his former team’s strengths and weaknesses. “There is enough information available on every player to be analysed at length. There is the internet, there are recordings of matches available. Our focus should be to understand each other and play well,” he said.advertisementlast_img