Dhoni wants to cash in on Sachin’s return

India captain MS Dhoni on Monday said Sachin Tendulkar’s return to the side has boosted the team’s morale ahead of the one-day series.....

Written by Press Trust Of India | Napier | Published:March 3, 2009 2:00 am

India captain MS Dhoni on Monday said Sachin Tendulkar’s return to the side has boosted the team’s morale ahead of the one-day series.

“He is a great player. Not only from a batting or bowling point of view — the contribution he can make to the side from his experience is amazing. He changes the dressing room atmosphere completely,” said Dhoni ahead of the series opener.

His counterpart Daniel Vettori admitted the Indians would benefit from the return of Tendulkar. “He brings a wealth of experience. He has been to New Zealand on a number of occasions and he understands the conditions. He is arguably one of the best batsmen ever to have played the game. As soon as you put him in the side,it definitely makes a difference,” he said.

Dhoni said he cannot quantify Tendulkar’s influence on the team or the opponents. “That is very difficult for me to answer… And there are lots of things you have to be careful about him. You have to be careful about each and everything you do out on the field,” said Dhoni.

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