India have to be positive against Mendis, says Dhoni

August 14, 2008 (AFP) – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his batsmen needed to be positive against Sri Lanka’s latest spin sensation Ajantha Mendis in the upcoming one-day series. “He (Mendis) is a bit different and the batsmen need some time to settle in. We have to be positive, but ultimately it comes down to how we play him in the middle,” said the Indian skipper.

The five-match series starts in Dambulla on August 18.

Unorthodox spinner Mendis was a revelation in the recent three-Test series against the tourists, claiming 26 wickets to play a key role in his team’s 2-1 victory.

India’s one-day team also had found Mendis too hot to handle in the only match they played against the Sri Lankan, who claimed six wickets for 13 runs to power his team to an easy win in the Asia Cup final in Karachi last month.

When asked whether the Indian batsmen were now in a better position to handle the Sri Lankan, Dhoni said: “It’s tough to say anything right now, but we know what he have to do. We know our abilities and are quite confident.”

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said Mendis had given the team more bowling options.

“After a long time, we hav