My shot selection has been a problem: Dhoni

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 14:16 hrs

Nagpur: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said he is "not really bothered" about his Test form but conceded that "poor shot selection" has been a problem for him for quite some while now.

"About my batting, I have been playing quite well both in match situations as well as in the nets. I am middling the ball well. But some of the decisions I took while batting has been wrong. I have chosen to play wrong shots while batting with the tail-enders. Actually, when you bat with tail-enders, you tend to take more initiative and try and play big shots and get out in the process. I am really not bothered about my form," the skipper said ahead of the third Test against New Zealand starting here tomorrow.

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When asked about Suresh Raina's poor form, the skipper defended the UP youngster.

"He has not scored only in a couple of matches. He is a positive player and often gets out playing big shots."

The Indian team for the second day in a row couldn't have a proper net session due to heavy afternoon showers. Only Sachin Tendulkar batted for around 20 minutes before players returned to the dressing room.

Asked whether this is ideal preparation for a Test match, Dhoni said that sometimes it helps not to practice too much.

"It may be a blessing in disguise that we aren't getting enough time to practice. We are playing so much that it's better not to push oneself too much," he said.

Dhoni also defended the four-bowler theory and ruled out the possibility of trying something different in this coming Test match too.

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"Playing four bowlers has been something we have been doing and I don't see playing an extra pacer is an option. Although this pitch will provide some help but then we aren't looking at playing five bowlers," he replied.

He feels that in the absence of Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma and S Sreesanth will put their hand up and respond.

"This is an ideal opportunity for youngsters to respond to the pressures of international cricket. About Zaheer's injury, I am more than hopeful that he will be available for the South Africa series," the 29-year-old from Ranchi said. MORE

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