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first_img(REOPENS FGN 36) (REOPENS FGN 36) For pacers, that challenge lies at home. For the spinners, who were recently celebrated for their superb showing in the subcontinent, it lies in these overseas trips. “I think since T20 has come in, the way people play has changed. You cant think that if you score lots of runs youll win the match. We had scored 400-plus against Sri Lanka in Rajkot and then won by one or two runs in the end. Cricket has changed quite a lot and with it, batsmen?s stroke-making ability has changed. “They take on fielders at long on and long off as well, and thats good because there is risk involved. But the spinners need to be clever enough to not get hit in areas with no fielders,” opined Dhoni, despite reflecting that the 310-run target should have been enough to win the first ODI. Going ahead then, India will be looking to boost their bowling prowess ahead of the second ODI in Brisbane. There will be some line-up tinkering for the team management to ponder over, with Gurkeerat Mann highlighted as the only all-rounder (that too a spinner) in the squad. It puts some spotlight on what the skipper makes of Rishi Dhawan, but it is a long series to find an answer to that question. Right now, the pressing need ought to be exerting some control on the Australian innings, and in that light, Ishant Sharma could hold the key. “Ishant Sharma had a finger injury (ahead of the first ODI), but he was available for selection. But there was also the chance that if he got hit again on the same finger, he could have missed the next four games. “He was available, but it was better off to not play him and not to take that extra risk in this game,” the captain had said, hinting at the fast bowlers return in Brisbane. Meanwhile, Australia have made a couple changes to their squad as well. Vice-captain David Warner has gone on paternal leave, with in-form Usman Khawaja drafted in for both the next two matches. Mitchell Marsh has also been given an extra couple days off, and as such he will be absent from the Brisbane ODI. He will join up with the squad in Melbourne ahead of the third ODI, while John Hastings will fill-in for him in the short-term. PTI CN KHS PM KHSadvertisementlast_img read more