MS Dhoni says India ready for a fresh start

India will play the first match of the Sri Lanka tour on July 21 PTI

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: Jul 17, 2012

India captain MS Dhoni on Tuesday said the team is ready for the Sri Lanka challenge, after the conclusion of their two-day warm-up camp at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

“Our cricket season has started and we want to play best for our country’s image. We want to start the season well. The conditions in Sri Lanka are not too different. Certain things change but the pattern of cricket remains the same,” Dhoni said.

Dhoni, under whom India have won the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup and the ICC 2011 World Cup, said it requires a good team and not an extraordinary captain to ensure success.

“A captain can channelise but the team is very important. An ordinary team with an extraordinary captain cannot win the World Cup,” he was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Team India coach Duncan Fletcher also remained upbeat about India’s upcoming tour. “The team morale is high. Players are coming from a break. I have spoken to the players and have gotten along very well with them. Everybody seems to have enjoyed my inputs,” he said.

India will leave for Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Starting from July 21, India will play Sri Lanka in five ODIs and a T20 International.