India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni rates Sri Lanka as "a dangerous team" ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy semi-final, saying they were not just focussing on "a Mahela Jayawardene or a Kumar Sangakkara".

Thursday's semi-final will be the fifth meeting between India and Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom. Except for the shock defeat in the 1979 World Cup, India have easily won the remaining four. But Dhoni is taking nothing for granted.

"Sri Lanka are a dangerous squad. We just can't focus on a Mahela [Jayawardene] or a [Kumar] Sangakkara. We have to think of the entire team," Dhoni told reporters after a training session.

Dhoni said there was no pressure on the Indian team to win the championship.

"It's the Indian media that creates all this hype [after the recent BCCI controversies back home] and then asks me questions. As far as we are concerned, we have to play good cricket, we are working hard and just proving ourselves."