M S Dhoni must bat in middle for India to win in Tests: Rahul Dravid

Feb 27 2013, 14:19 IST
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SummaryM S Dhoni's decision to bat a little up the order was right and he should stick with it: Rahul Dravid

doing that day in and day out you can become weary of the job. You need some enjoyment, some reinforcement. There is nothing like scoring runs and winning as a captain, you need that reinforcement and this innings will be an reinforcement," he said.

Dravid, who now captains Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, was also impressed with R Aswin, who scalped 12 wickets in the series-opener against Australia.

"Ashwin had a sort of setback but he has spent a lot of time with his coach. I don't judge the youngsters by their setbacks. He has worked on his game and bowled a lot fuller during the Test, he bowled a lot slower. It is nice to see that he has bounced back from setback and it is a good sign going ahead," he said.

Asked if Dhoni has become more expressive as a captain, looking at the way he showed his emotions during the first Test, Dravid said, "I don't think he has changed too much."

"He is a good captain, ofcourse there are areas which he needs to work on and keep getting better. But the team is changing, so he has to connect with the youngsters on a one-to-one basis a lot more and pass on his experience.

"When he first become captain, there was this famous quote that Dhoni was India's first grown up captain because he didn't show his emotions on field. People are different and I think he is passionate and he wants to win. But I don't think he is someone who will express himself too much. I don't think his inherent nature will change. I like the fact that he has done some forward thinking, discussions off the field with the bowlers," he added.

Dravid also didn't write off Australia but said Michael Clarke and the selection panel need to pick the right team if they want to bounce back from the defeat.

"They had the opportunity to give India a bit of scare. Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc didn't bowl particularly well. But they did pose some questions to India. They posted 380 in the first innings on a turning track. But to get a bigger impact they need to get their selection right. If the track keeps turning like it did in Chennai, they have to pick a second spinner," he said.

"(James) Pattinson was excellent. They have pace but they didn't get the bowl to reverse swing

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