The under-fire Indian Test team has got the backing of former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who said there are quite a few positive things to pick despite the drubbing handed out by South Africa, more prominently the performance of the bowlers.
India, currently ranked number 1 in Test cricket, are trailing 0-2 in the three-match series after heavy losses in Cape Town and Centurion. The third and final Test is scheduled to be held in Johannesburg from 24 January.
"I would say look, at the positives. To win a Test match you need 20 wickets and we have taken 20 wickets. If you can’t take 20 wickets, what is the next thing? You look to draw a Test match." - MS Dhoni, former India captain
“How you can draw a Test match is by giving less runs and by scoring runs,” he told reporters in Chennai.
Dhoni said that the fact that Indian bowlers are taking 20 wickets in a match is a sign that the side is never too far from a win.
"If you are not able to get 20 wickets, you can't win a Test match irrespective of whether you are playing in India or you are playing outside. But, that is the big positive. We are taking 20 wickets," he said.
"This means we are always in a position to win a Test match. Once you start scoring runs, you are there," he added.
The Jharkhand stumper, who led the Chennai Super Kings in the first eight editions of the IPL before it was suspended in the wake of the 2013 spot-fixing scam, was retained by the franchise along with Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.
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