Hyderabad, Aug 22: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said that his side would look for a fresh start in the new season after last year's Test debacle by winning the two-match series against New Zealand starting here tomorrow.
India's suffered eight successive Test defeats—four each in England and Australia—last season but Dhoni sought to dwell on the positives, saying that his side can not go south further.
“Yes, we had a disappointing eight last Test matches (abroad), but if you look at the positive side of it, there is only one way and that's going up,” Dhoni told reporters at the press conference ahead of the first Test here tomorrow.
“We're expected to win the series and if you talk about starting well it means winning the series which means looking ahead for the next 15 days. For us, it will be to start the Test match on a positive note,” he said.
Dhoni said his side would have to first get into the groove and do the basics right to build the momentum.
“We have not played a Test match in the last six to seven months, so it will be important to turn up on the field and look to do small things right. So it's important to get into the groove, give a bit more respect to the bowlers.
“This is one format where you can afford to that and we have to do that. By starting well means winning small sessions and if you win majority of them, you win Test matches and get into the next zone. We are looking to do that,” said Dhoni.
“We never get desperate because that puts extra burden on the team. As I said we think and prepare well for a game. We are concerned more about the process than the results,” he added.