India will be No.1 Test team by end of season: Dhoni

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 30, 2016 08:33 hrs

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India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes the Test team is set to dominate the rankings by the end of the forthcoming season.

The Virat Kohli-led side are scheduled to play 13 Test matches at home against New Zealand, England, Australia and Bangladesh.

Interacting with the media after the second T20I against the West Indies in Florida, Dhoni praised the Test squad that has grown from strength to strength in the last one year under Kohli's captaincy.

"I think the Indian Test team is shaping up well. It seemed we were more settled in T20 and ODI but now our team had a good batting experience. If you notice, for the last two and a half years, we had the same batting unit, barring one or two changes. So you learn a lot. Test remains the ultimate format. On top of it, one plus point is that all our fast bowlers are fit now and the way they are bowling (is encouraging). We have 10 proper fast bowlers and it???s an asset. Now we will be playing a lot of matches, so we can rotate our fast bowlers if we want to," Dhoni said speaking on the Test team's development and prospects.

"As far as performance is concerned, the talent and experience of the team has started to get reflected in the performance and in the times to come, this season we will be playing 13 Tests and I think by the end of it if everything goes well, touchwood, we will be the number one team in the world and the gap between the first and second team will be substantial," added Dhoni.