Each one knows about his responsibility: Dhoni

Challenger Series a great platform for juniors

Ranchi: Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday said his team would continue to play with aggression even as Australia dared the Men in Blue to sustain the fire when they tour Down Under.

“Everyone knows about his role and responsibility. And if we can play aggressive cricket... If any player can play aggressive cricket... we should play that way,” the dashing cricketer told a press conference when asked about India’s on-field aggression that recently raised a few eyebrows.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting recently said it would be interesting to see if India could sustain the aggression which it showed in the just-concluded seven-match ODI series.

“Questions do arise, and play goes on,” Dhoni quipped to another query on Sreesanth’s aggression — an issue that had prompted Australia’s former fast bowler Glenn Mcgrath to say that Sreesanth needed to back up his aggression with performance.

“In cricket we have guidelines and so long as one plays within the frame work, it is okay,” he said.

Ducking a question on Andrew Symond’s racism charges, the wicketkeeper-batsman welcomed the much-needed breather before India takes on Pakistan in the five-match one-day series.

“We have enough time before the tough series against Pakistan. We have played cricket for over five months, perhaps the busiest cricketing schedule in Indian cricket.

“It is important to relax, regenerate energy and charge our batteries before the important series ahead,” he said.

He, however, quickly sidestepped a query whether India were playing too much cricket, saying, “I did not say that.”

Team performance

Asked how he felt playing under another captain in Test cricket, Dhoni said it was not important who was captain as the all-important factor was the team’s performance.

On senior players not playing in the ongoing Challengers Trophy that could have given a cue to selectors, Dhoni said seniors with over 15 years of experience did not have to prove themselves.

The Challenger Series, he said, was very competitive and great platform for juniors. “The matches are very high-scoring ones... It is a great platform for all those players who want to get a chance,” Dhoni said.

Dhoni did not attach much importance to Pakistan missing Inzamam-ul Haq who recently quit international cricket, saying the former captain had not been there on quite a few occasions earlier too. — PTI

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