<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Individual performances will be important, says MS Dhoni" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121209103255.jpg" title="Individual performances will be important, says MS Dhoni" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Post Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from ODIs, the performance of the youngsters will be crucial in the series against Pakistan © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Bangalore: Dec 24, 2012 </strong><br /> <br /> Toss and pitch were distinctly missing from his utterances as Indian cricket captain <a href="/tags/Mahendra-Singh-Dhoni/post" target="_blank">Mahendra Singh Dhoni</a> turned his focus on performance of the players, asking them to make themselves count in the limited-overs series against Pakistan starting at <a href="/tags/Bangalore/post" target="_blank">Bangalore</a> on Tuesday.<br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India</a> take on <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan</a> in two Twenty20s and three ODIs.<br /> <br /> The first T20 will be held here at the <a href="/tags/Chinnaswamy-Stadium/post" target="_blank">Chinnaswamy Stadium</a> here on Tuesday.<br /> <br /> The under-fire Indian skipper, who drew flak during the lost Test series against <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a> for his over-reliance on domestic conditions and the toss, desisted from talking about conditions and focused solely on preparations.<br /> <br /> "It will be important to see how individuals perform, what kind of a platform they give each other. The part-timers also need to contribute at the same time. Both teams are evenly placed and the team that plays better will win," he said at the pre-match press conference at Bangalore.<br /> <br /> "We do not set a target before the start of the match, but plan it after every five to six overs. Our first focus is to get off to a good start," he told reporters.<br /> <br /> Reflecting on the drawn two-match T20 series against England, Dhoni said the games have helped players get into the groove.<br /> <br /> "T20 is slightly different. You have to be a bit unorthodox and try a few different things. It is different from the longer format. So I think, a few games will give us time to get into the groove and get out of it," he said.<br /> <br /> "We have often seen in one off T20 games, sides use it as a warm-up game going into the series or entertainment at the end of the series. There are a few sides that have very different teams (for different formats).<br /> <br /> "There are T20 specialists who play only T20 matches, but if it's a one-off game, they might not fly down those specialists. At least two games give some time to adjust to the format," Dhoni added.