“Sehwag should play his natural game”

"We want him to play the way he wants to play, because that is his natural style. We all know if he gets going he can dominate the bowlers and all of a sudden you see the bowling attack rattled," the 27-year-old skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.

"We have seen if he plays for two hours or three hours, he is a batsman who is capable of getting big scores. He is not the kind who gets out in 30s or 40s; 50s or 60s. If he gets going, he gets big scores."

"We don’t want individuals to change their game. That is the strength, because of which they are part of the Indian team. Definitely in between you may want them to curb your natural game, but more often – about 80 per cent of the times – we want them to play their natural game," Dhoni explained.

"We don’t rely on individuals. If you see our record in the past one and a half year, we don’t really depend only on batsmen. The bowlers have come out with plenty of aggression on flat tracks. They bowled the right lines and have got the best batsmen out because of their consistency and execution of plans. We don’t rely on just batsmen or bowlers, we have been good totally as a team."

"New Zealand lost the one-day series, but that doesn’t mean they are not a good side. They are a very competitive team, especially when it comes to exploiting the conditions out here. We expect tough cricket over the next 20-25 days," Dhoni said.