India need to groom more bowlers: Dhoni

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Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday lauded his bowling unit for playing a pivotal role in India's 2-0 series win over Australia but said India need to groom more bowlers, especially pacers, since performing consistently was not easy in international cricket.

India have rested key bowlers like paceman Zaheer Khan and spinner Harbhajan Singh for the upcoming One-day series. Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma are also not part of the squad since they are nursing injuries.

"I am not playing with key players since we need to give them rest. We need to groom bowlers. We have four or five good fast bowlers and three spinners who have been consistently performing.

"We need to rotate. It is also difficult for the fast bowlers to perform well in each and every match in India. There is lot of pressure on the fast bowlers," Dhoni said at a press conference.

Dhoni said his bowlers forced a result in Bangalore where pitch was not offering much.

"The efforts put up by our players especially the bowlers was really outstanding because by losing the toss I was not helping them out. In the first innings we were not able to get any kind of reverse swing going as the wicket was not so dry.

"If you see the result, I think it was not a wicket where you can get a finish in four and half days. It was not a turning track where our spinners can take wickets.

"Therefore I thought the efforts put in by the bowlers were good and the part time bowlers also contributed well. Of course, the batsmen have always done well for us," he said.

The India skipper said the youngsters should grab the opportunity in the ODI series and get a taste of international cricket.

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