Dhoni lauds Jadeja and Rohit Sharma, says 'enjoyment key to success'

Birmingham (UK), June 14 (ANI): Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday lauded his teammates Ravindra Jadeja and Rohit Sharma, saying they are quick learners of the game and performing consistently.

Dhoni, who was asked to comment on improvement in Jadeja's performance, said the left-arm orthodox bowler is very consistent with his line and length.

"What we need to see is international cricket is a difficult scenario where all the cricketers don't really start brilliantly, but what happens is the more time you spend and the more games you play, you get more and more confident about the fact what really your strengths are and what needs to be done," said Dhoni.

"And I think that's what he has done and that's what he has figured out. The good thing with him is he is a bowler who is very consistent with his line and length. Doesn't vary his stuff a lot, he keeps hitting the same areas, watches the batsman if he is stepping out or something he throws it out. Apart from that, he is someone who has been very consistent with his line and length and that's what is helping him," he added.

Dhoni also spoke in praise of Sharma, saying he is someone who is very talented.

"I think he is someone who can cut and pull the bowl well and that's what we have seen. Whenever we play a team that is not from the sub-continent more often than not they are of the thinking that lets bowl the short to the openers and pitch it up. And all of a sudden the opener cuts and pulls, they don't really have a backup plan," said Dhoni, when asked about Rohit Sharma who has been promoted up the order impressive with the way he plays the new ball.

"So, he is someone who can do the job well for us, and also the fact that he is someone who is really talented. And that's the only space we have got where we all felt that with his talent he can really capitalize and be a good opener," he added.

Dhoni, who was interacting with the media here ahead of Saturday's game against arch-rival Pakistan in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy, said 'it's not only India which is looking for an opener who is not really an opener'.

"Even England has done that with Ian Bell. So, I think that's really helping us," he added.

Dhoni, who is the most successful captain in Indian cricket, further said enjoyment is the key to success and not motivation.

"Motivation has never been a factor especially when you are representing your country and you are talking about 1.2 billion people and the expectation level is very high. So, I don't think a speech needs to be given to motivate the guys. I think of all of them are very motivated. It's important to enjoy the game more than anything else. When we picked up cricket or any individual picks up any sport, it's for enjoyment nobody really thinks at a very early stage that it will be his career (and) I will earn money," said Dhoni, when asked about he motivates the youngsters in his side.

"So, I think that's what is important at the top level also when you are competing at the top-level its important to stick to the fact that it is still a sport, you are there to enjoy, you are there to give your hundred percent and that's what something is of utmost importance. I think all these individuals they have been able to do that. They have been able to mix match everything, their fitness, their cricketing and their life at the same time. So, I think that enjoyment factor is the key," he added. By Praful Kumar Singh(ANI)

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Punjab pull off another big chase

Punjab pull off another big chase

GAME 7, SHARJAH—Maxwell, Miller, Pujara chase down Rajasthan's 192. More »

Royal test for Kings

Royal test for Kings

Preview — Clash of philosophies between Australia-centric teams More »

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

The Nawab of Najafgarh says a good run in IPL could help his chances of a comeback on India's tour to England in June. More »

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Some members stressed on the need for proposing names with an "impeccable record and clean image". More »

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Furious fifties by Duminy and Dinesh Karthik end a long losing streak for the Daredevils. More »

Five things England must do to bounce back

Five things England must do to bounce back

England have appointed a new head coach in Peter Moores. More »

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

Royal Challengers overcame a stutter to cruise to the small target they were set by Mumbai Indians. More »

‘Felt like helpless minority’

‘Felt like helpless minority’

Former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke says emotions got the better of Srinivasan and he tried to oversimplify things by calling Meiyappan an “enthusiast.” More »

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

His status as president of TNCA makes him eligible to attend the Working Committee meeting on Sunday. More »

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when ECB managing director Paul Downton said there was 'no way back'… More »

The world record that nearly wasn't

The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it. More »

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

Moores gets second stint as coach

Moores gets second stint as coach

In a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, the 51-year-old Moores led England in seven Test series. More »

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh's senior players will have three sessions with a psychological skill development coach later this month More »

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

Dalmiya feels that Srinivasan’s ‘power hungry’ attitude isn’t helping matters. More »

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

BCCI members want independent probe

BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »