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Spinners will play a huge role in West Indies: Dhoni

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New Delhi: He does “miss playing Test cricket” and Indias limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is keeping a keen eye on the series against West Indies starting tomorrow, saying spinners will play a huge role in the Caribbean. “I think wickets will be slower in West Indies but you never know. I think spinners will have a huge role to play,” Dhoni told mediapersons at an event here today. The skipper said what he finds impressive is that India now has a pool of 8 to 10 genuine quick bowlers. “The more the competition better it is. Its good that finally we have a pool of 8-10 bowlers who are pushing for selection. If I look at a year back, during an ODI series against South Africa, there were a few bowlers who were injured. “And we have bowlers with all areas covered. If you want pace we have that. If you want swing, we have that. Of course, we have to be careful about injury management,” said Dhoni after his company Rhiti Sports tie-up with former Australia pace bowler Craig McDermotts company Secured Venture Capital. Dhoni also feels that Indias batting line-up has a lot of quality. “We have a settled top six batting. There can be one or two new faces but more or less thats how the mix works. They have also played outside subcontinent and have necessary experience,” said Dhoni. Its nearly two years since Dhoni quit playing Tests and while he misses it, he doesnt “regret the decision”. “Obviously you miss playing Test cricket. But I dont regret it. Look, for cricketers its a passion or call it a bug that stays with you forever forever. It never leaves you. Thats why you are all these 40 and 50 plus cricketers who come back for commentary, coaching junior teams. As far as I am concerned, this gives me a chance to spend time with my family,” said Dhoni. “The time away from cricket has given me lot of time to plan my off season. I hit the gym more, do a lot of running, taking care of my body. Now, after 30, you need to be careful of your body. “In the last 10 years of extensive travelling, I have abused my body a lot. Its because of eating habits as its more about what you intake that creates problem. So I have been taking care of my body,” concluded Dhoni. PTI

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