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There is plenty to come: Dhoni

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MUMBAI, April 1 � Ahead of the World Cup cricket final, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today issued a veiled warning to the Sri Lankan team that India has not played to its fullest potential and �there is plenty to come�.

He also said his team is prepared to take on veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

Dhoni indicated that Pacer S Sreesanth may be brought into the Indian team in place of injured Ashish Nehra for the summit clash against Sri Lanka in the World Cup cricket final here tomorrow.

Giving the Lankans a piece of his strategy, he said, �There is plenty to come. Still we have done quite well in the tournament. We have won one game with quite a few runs in pocket and another with quite a few wickets. If we do everything we can it will be very interesting (match).

�You want to end the tournament on a good note. It�s a big game for all of us. Irrespective of what the result is I am proud of the team I have,� he added.

With swing bowler Ashish Nehra virtually ruled out of the grand finale due to a multiple finger fracture he suffered in the semifinal clash against Pakistan, Dhoni appeared to indicate his preference in the toss up between S Sreesanth and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

�Ashish is most likely ruled out, he�s got multiple fracture on one of his fingers,� he said adding that the choice could be between Sreesanth and Ashwin.

�If you see the Mumbai track there�s a bit of pace and bounce for the seamers initially and there is a bit of reverse swing going. The third seamer can have an impact on the game. An extra seamer means I am able to manoeuvre the bowlers,� the skipper said at the pre-match press conference,� Dhoni said.

The skipper, who had surprised everyone by keeping Ashwin out of the Mohali encounter after his good performance in two matches, said �With a spinner, if you have three spinners along with a part-timer you don�t have room for manoeuvre. But whatever opportunity Ashwin has got, irrespective of where he has fared, he has done really well.

�We have confidence in him but we are not clear about whether to go with three seamers or two seamers and one extra spinner,� he said.

Sreesanth had not played after the tournament opener on February 19 against Bangladesh at Mirpur, and asked how he can slip into his groove after such a lengthy absence from the middle, Dhoni said it can be done if one looked at tomorrow�s final as just another game. � PTI

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There is plenty to come: Dhoni

MUMBAI, April 1 � Ahead of the World Cup cricket final, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today issued a veiled warning to the Sri Lankan team that India has not played to its fullest potential and �there is plenty to come�.

He also said his team is prepared to take on veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

Dhoni indicated that Pacer S Sreesanth may be brought into the Indian team in place of injured Ashish Nehra for the summit clash against Sri Lanka in the World Cup cricket final here tomorrow.

Giving the Lankans a piece of his strategy, he said, �There is plenty to come. Still we have done quite well in the tournament. We have won one game with quite a few runs in pocket and another with quite a few wickets. If we do everything we can it will be very interesting (match).

�You want to end the tournament on a good note. It�s a big game for all of us. Irrespective of what the result is I am proud of the team I have,� he added.

With swing bowler Ashish Nehra virtually ruled out of the grand finale due to a multiple finger fracture he suffered in the semifinal clash against Pakistan, Dhoni appeared to indicate his preference in the toss up between S Sreesanth and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

�Ashish is most likely ruled out, he�s got multiple fracture on one of his fingers,� he said adding that the choice could be between Sreesanth and Ashwin.

�If you see the Mumbai track there�s a bit of pace and bounce for the seamers initially and there is a bit of reverse swing going. The third seamer can have an impact on the game. An extra seamer means I am able to manoeuvre the bowlers,� the skipper said at the pre-match press conference,� Dhoni said.

The skipper, who had surprised everyone by keeping Ashwin out of the Mohali encounter after his good performance in two matches, said �With a spinner, if you have three spinners along with a part-timer you don�t have room for manoeuvre. But whatever opportunity Ashwin has got, irrespective of where he has fared, he has done really well.

�We have confidence in him but we are not clear about whether to go with three seamers or two seamers and one extra spinner,� he said.

Sreesanth had not played after the tournament opener on February 19 against Bangladesh at Mirpur, and asked how he can slip into his groove after such a lengthy absence from the middle, Dhoni said it can be done if one looked at tomorrow�s final as just another game. � PTI

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