India have plenty of part-time bowlers to trouble the rival batsmen: Dhoni

After their series win over Sri Lanka, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni especially emphasised on the part-time bowlers' role and said his side has plenty of options to trouble the rival batsmen, says a report in The Times Of India. Manoj Tiwary claimed four wickets while Virat Kohli slammed an unbeaten 128 to help India take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.

"The part-timers bowled really well, the pace was important and they bowled to their field. This is the reason why fast bowlers bowled just 18 overs," Dhoni said after their comfortable six-wicket win, adding, “"What matters is the variations we got now. Manoj is the away going spinner for us, we have some off-spinners and also Virat can bowl his medium pacers with the keeper up. That is the sort of quality we have.”

Dhoni added, "They bowled the right length to create trouble for batsmen. So have plenty of options now. Even when Manoj is not there, we have Viru and Suresh Raina who can bowl. So if we don't get a perfect all-rounder, we are comfortable playing seven batsmen.”

Meanwhile a report in Mid-Day says that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has topped the list of the world's highest earning cricketers compiled by Forbes magazine, followed by Sachin Tendulkar, as six Indians made it to the list's top-10. With earnings of US$ 2 crore and 65 lakh, Dhoni features at the top of the list, out of which US$ 2 crore 30 lakh comes from the commercials, while the rest US$ 35 lakh he earns from playing cricket. Dhoni's US$ 2 crore 30 lakh is also the highest among cricketers earned from commercials.

Tendulkar stands second at US$ 1 crore and 86 lakh, out of which US $ 1 crore and 65 lakh comes from advertisements, while the rest is from playing cricket.

Other cricketers in the Forbes' list are Gautam Gambhir (USD 73 lakh), Virat Kohli (USD 71 lakh), Virender Sehwag (USD 69 lakh), Shane Watson (USD 59 lakh), Michael Clarke (USD 49 lakh), Brett Lee (USD 48 lakh), Ricky Ponting (USD 41 lakh) and Yusuf Pathan (USD 37 lakh).