Dhoni concerned by lack of opportunities for batters

"So far, only three of our top batsmen have got the chance to play. In the batting department we would like to make changes," Dhoni said.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni credited the bowlers for India's eight-wicket win.   -  PTI

India is on course for a whitewash over Zimbabwe but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said he is concerned about the lack of opportunities for most of his batsmen in the tour so far.

Speaking after India's eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe, Dhoni said: “So far, only three of our top batsmen have got the chance to play. In the batting department we would like to make changes,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Regarding changes in the team combination for the last ODI and three T20 Internationals, he said, “We’ll sit and discuss changes for the next game with Sanjay (Bangar). There’s only so much players can do in only one game. We’ll see who can we fit in the T20 squad and maybe we’ll rest one of the bowlers.”

Dhoni credited the bowlers for the resounding win. “Our bowlers did a great job to restrict them, I felt they would cross 200 but our spinners got us important breakthroughs,” he said.

Today’s big win follows India’s nine-wicket victory in the first ODI. “It was a different performance from the first game, slightly different pitch. Some of the shots played in the first 10 overs showed it was coming on to the bat nicely. Most important thing is to win games and our batting when it comes to professionalism is right up there, even in the first game.”

Losing captain Graeme Cremer said: “Losing the toss again may have played a part but our batters didn’t look the part. The wicket was still doing a little bit and we were looking to get around 240 to get them under pressure. Injuries are always disappointing but I think we had enough batters to post a good score. We know we have four games to go and hopefully come hard at them in the T20s.”

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