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MS Dhoni attributes India’s multi-dimensional players for success

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MS Dhoni urged his teammates to keep external stuff at bay ahead of the World T20 final © AFP

By Kushan Sarkar

Mirpur: Apr 5, 2014

Indian captain MS Dhoni feels that India does have players who are multi-dimensional and that helps in preparing for all three formats ahead of the ICC World T20 2014 final. “The players who play for India are multi-dimensional and if you see the current T20 squad, there are one or two, whom you could say are T20 specialists. Other than that, most of the other players are good at playing all the other formats also.”

But he did speak about the flip side of it also. “In a way, it helps us, but at the same time, the negative side is throughout the year, we constantly play cricket and the same set of players are playing all the international matches. The same players also go back and play the IPL. A congested international calendar is what we go through.”

Asked about how he felt standing on the cusp of history, Dhoni said, “It is important for us to play well in the final and not think about the rest of the things. Winning World Cup for the country is more important than thinking about the other stuff.”

About Sri Lanka, he termed them as a balanced side with a judicious blend of youth and experience.

“Sri Lanka is a very good side with a fantastic track record. They have got spinners who are exactly suited to this surface. They have a mix of youth and experience. Along with Mahela (Jayawardene), (Kumar Sangakkara) Sanga and (Lasith) Malinga, they have also got youngsters like Angelo Mathews.”

The skipper was happy that his team has now come through all sorts of situations having chased down a stiff target against South Africa in the semi-finals.

“As far as last game was concerned, we were really tested in that game. In the earlier matches, we were chasing in the region of 140 and in the last game we chased close to 170 odd.

There was a bit of calmness in the dressing room and we had the self belief that we will be able to chase down as the wicket was slightly better.

“So it has been a good test as we chased in excess of 170. But good thing is that we have also restricted some of the opposition sides to 70, 80 runs (Australia).”

Is there any secret ‘Guru Mantra’ that he will be giving to his boys prior to the final, the skipper smiled back.

“There is no guru mantra as such. As I said before, individuals need to take greater responsibility and we saw an indication of that in the last match. The openers played very well. Rohit Sharma gave us a very good start because of which it became slightly easier for the middle order. Tomorrow’s match will be a big match for us and we will enter the ground with the same attitude.”

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