Dhoni: India new boys not complete products


MS Dhoni does not believe India have the "complete products" coming through as they have in years gone by ahead of their one-day international series against Australia.

All-rounder Rishi Dhawan, fast bowler Barinder Sran and middle-order batsman Gurkeerat Singh Mann will be hoping to make their debuts in the five-match series, which gets underway in Perth on Tuesday.

India ODI captain Dhoni said the new boys will get their chance against the world champions after the likes of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh were overlooked.

But the wicketkeeper-batsman knows it will be a big step up for the new faces against a strong Australia side.

"As far as newcomers are concerned, we will definitely feature them in the tournament because we want to see where they stand." said Dhoni.

"Also we have to slightly get ahead of time. If you see Indian cricket, more often than not we are used to getting complete products, right from the late 80s onwards, we got cricketers who were ready to play international cricket.

"Once they made their debut, they were there for 10-15 years. I think that trend is changing slowly.

"We may not have the luxury of just picking up the complete products who will come into international cricket and start delivering right from the very first game.

"So it's important to identify talent and at the same time give them games quite quickly so they get that exposure of international cricket and we also get to see how they handle pressure and the areas they need to improve."

Dhoni believes the quality of domestic cricket in Australia gives players who are called-up to represent their country a far better chance of making an instant impact at international level.

He added: "If you see the Australian first-class cricket, the quality is very high, which means the players who come up from the ranks of the domestic cricket already have good exposure of playing against cricketers who have played international cricket or are playing international cricket.

"I feel in that way Australian cricket is blessed. Of course, a few other things change. How you handle pressure, I feel that is very important in international cricket -  more than the talent aspect."