Dhoni: Don't write the Windies off yet

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is still very wary of the West Indies as they head into the three-match ODI series, saying the Test series demolition does not mean the visitors will be walk-overs.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is still very wary of the West Indies as they head into the three-match ODI series, saying the Test series demolition does not mean the visitors will be walk-overs.

India won the Test series two nil, finishing both matches well short of five days, but Dhoni says the shorter format is a different beast, and India would be foolish to discount the Windies, who are stronger in limited-overs games.

Dhoni insisted on Wednesday: "The West Indies are a good team. You may say that the Test matches got over on the third day itself and it was easy, but it was not.

"There were situations where we were under pressure and then we had to build a partnership. It was not an easy series as the scorecards suggest.

"It is important that we take the match with a right frame of mind and not thinking about whether the opposition played well or not."

Dhoni was also not letting his batsmen think about the ODIs against Australia, which they won three-two and scored over 300 four times in five games. This series will be played on different grounds, so MSD refused to predict big scores.

The skipper continued ahead of the opener in Kochi: "It all depends on how the wicket here is going to behave. Before the start, it is not easy to say what will be the good score to win a match.

"We will see how the wicket behaves and then we plan and may be 260 or 280 could be a good score if it becomes flat. If the dew factor comes into play, then an average of 230 or 240 could be an ideal score."

The skipper was also asked about the bowling attack, which came under fire against the Aussies and before that too, with usual stalwarts like Bhuvneshwar Kumar going for big runs. But he said they would be sticking to the core pool of pacemen.

He said: "As of now, we have to get a pool of bowlers. That is what we are doing. Most of them have done well at the domestic levels and they have also played in few international matches and done well.

"But we have to see them in few more games to see as to how they bowl and then we will have a fair idea as to what needs to be done (before the World Cup in 2015).

"We are trying to give the present lot chances and of course there are priority and at the same time you are looking at winning the ODI series. It is a slow process and it is good if they are able to get their chances in the middle and see how they handle pressure."

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