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ICC World T20 2014 Final: MS Dhoni says India have to keep emotions at bay

MS Dhoni has aid the players will need to put up their professional best to overcome the Lankan challenge © Getty Images (File Photo)
MS Dhoni has aid the players will need to put up their professional best to overcome the Lankan challenge © Getty Images (File Photo)

Mirpur: Apr 5, 2014

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian captain has said that his teammates have to keep emotions at bay when they take on Sri Lanka in the ICC World T20 2014 final at Mirpur on Sunday. Dhoni said that India have to do the job on the day and eye a good performance. It is interesting to note that Dhoni could become the first captain in history to hold the World Cup, the Champions Trophy and the World T20, that is if India win on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters on the eve of the final, Dhoni said, “We have to keep emotions at bay. As professionals, we learn to control. At some point, players play a big game so they know how to control emotions.”

When asked whether he has always had this calm attitude, he said, “I am someone who hates losing. When I was you, it was tough to control. Over time, I learnt to be calm. There are situations where you don’t want to take an emotional decision, but have to take a practical one.”

Dhoni’s men have had the advantage over the Sri Lankans in tournament finals, but Dhoni says that it doesn’t matter. “In this format, psychological advantage doesn’t matter. It all boils down to how you play on that day.”

When asked about the possible feat of having three major trophies in his cabinet, Dhoni said that his team isn’t thinking about it. “It is important to do well in the final and to play for the country.”

Dhoni was also asked about the 2007 World T20. India’s young men had stunned the world by winning the inaugural tournament. “It is very difficult to recall 2007 now. People were very excited. We hope to do well in this final.”

ICC World T20 2014 schedule: Match time table with venue details

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

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Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

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Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

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Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014  at Galle

South Africa won by 153 runs

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