Dhoni rules out dip in intensity level

India will rest a few key players in the fifth ODI against England but the intensity level would still remain the same, asserted captain MS Dhoni.

updated: November 25, 2008 15:12 IST
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With the series in pocket, India will rest a few key players in the fifth ODI against England on Wednesday but the intensity level would still remain the same, asserted home team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

With benched players like Virat Kohli, Irfan Pathan and Pragyan Ojha all set to play their part in the ongoing series, Dhoni feels their eagerness to prove themselves would maintain the intensity in the series.

"There will be few changes in the side tomorrow. But at the same time we have to keep up the commitment and intensity, though we have won the series 4-0," Dhoni said.

"One of the reasons why the intensity will be up is because some of the players who are our bench strength will get a chance to play in the coming games. So they will want to perform and prove themselves. That will really help to keep the intensity up," he explained.

Dhoni ruled out a wholesale change in the side and said, "It's not always that you lead a series 4-0. But we will not be making too many changes. Maybe one or two in batting and one in bowling department, so that we still play with our best team.

"It is tough to rest the in-form players but at the same time for the team's benefits you have to bring in few changes at an opportune moment like this," he said.

Leading the seven-match series 4-0, the Indians took things easy today and Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel skipped the practice session, which Dhoni said was optional.

"We had an optional session. The guys who wanted to rest are back at hotel, spending sometime in the gym. At times, it helps also. It's not always going onto the field and practising. Sometimes rest helps you more than a good session of practice," said Dhoni.

The England team also skipped their practice on the eve of the one-dayer but Dhoni was not ready to ponder over the reasons.

"It does not really bother us. We are too much into what we want to do. We are not thinking what the opposition is doing or what their plan of action is because we are looking into the aspects which are in our control."

Leading a side which is on a roll at the moment, Dhoni, however, felt still there were rooms for improvement.

"As a team we want to improve in each and every department. It's a constant process. Everything right from batting, bowling, fielding and running between wickets has to be improved. You are never in a situation when you think that there's no scope for improvement," said Dhoni.