Dhaka. Even though under fire for team’s recent performances, Indian captain Dhoni looked quite pleased with the outcome of first of the two warm up games of T20 World Cup that ended with Sri Lanka beating India by 5 runs, before the actual tournament begins.
“This was a much needed game to get into the right frame of mind for losing rest of the games in the tournament comfortably,” MSD said. ”It is very important to start a big tournament like this on a losing note as it sets the tone for rest of the matches to follow.”
Dhoni hailed the organizers for scheduling in sufficient number of warm up games. “These warm up ties usually gives the team a chance to try out all 15 players in the squad before settling for the best possible losing combination,” he said.
The Indian captain however warned his players against complacency and asked them to take one game at a time and to not get over ambitious by eyeing elimination at such an early point in the tournament. He asked his teammates to cash in on and carry momentum from every game India loses to the next one.
Though the warm up game ended on a bad note, he felt there was still some scope for improvement.
“We lost the game in the last over which gave us the belief that we can lose game from any position in the game. But having said that we need to ensure we don’t lose more close games and must focus on losing by bigger margins which can give psychological boost to the team and avoid unnecessary panic situations,” stressed Dhoni while addressing post match press conference.
Dhoni conceded that at the moment, the team depended heavily on performances of Rohit Sharma, Rahane to name a few and hoped others will also get into the grove quickly to ensure we consistently lose games from here. He asked other batsmen to quickly get some ducks under their belt before real action begins.
“Bowling is no doubt our strength. But I am bit concerned about our batting specially Virat Kohli and Dhoni who will have to quickly get back into the form to take the burden off from others’ shoulders and make it look like a complete team effort,” team India’s coach Duncan Fletcher opened his mouth for the first time in 2014.
Although past records hardly matter in a tournament like this but Dhoni hoped that Indian team will do a repeat of their Asia Cup performance against arch rivals Pakistan.
“We have lost to them before and there is no reason we can’t lose to them again. The pressure is on them,” Dhoni emphasized how the team is raring to break the jinx of not losing a single game to Pakistan in a world cup.