MS Dhoni says India will be forced to play with 5 specialist bowlers

Rohit Sharma was promoted to open the innings during the ODI series against England at home but the skipper indicated that Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan will start off in the tournament.

updated: May 30, 2013 18:51 IST
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Birmingham: The new ODI rules and the conditions in England will force India to go in with five specialist bowlers in the upcoming Champions Trophy, according to captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who reckons all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will play a key role. (Watch: Will answer questions at right time)

"Conditions are very different compared to sub-continent. We have to look at the composition of the side and see what kind of bowlers we use but the conditions and the new rule forces us to play with five bowlers", Dhoni said at the pre-tournament press conference here.

"Jadeja gives us the balance that we really need. He is a great asset to have with his 10 overs of spin bowling and batting down the order," Dhoni said. ('If I have not answered Indian journalists, there is no reason why I should answer you')

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