India focused on the tri-series, says skipper Dhoni

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Dhoni.— PHOTO: AFP
Dhoni.— PHOTO: AFP

It has not even been a week since India won the Champions Trophy but captain M.S. Dhoni said the team is done with the celebrations and focused on the tri-series against the West Indies and Sri Lanka.

“The demands remain the same. The expectation when it comes to the Indian cricket team has always been the same,” Dhoni said at the launch of the Celkon Mobile Cup here.

“If it’s moving, it only moves in one direction — it goes up. It doesn’t matter whether we have won the last series or lost or what has happened on the field,” he said.

India plays the West Indies in its first game at the Sabina Park here on Sunday.

Dhoni attributed the team’s recent success to a friendly dressing room atmosphere where the players “enjoy each others success”.

The Champions Trophy triumph in England means India, the No. 1 side in the ICC rankings, now holds both the major ODI titles following its victory in the World Cup on home soil two years ago.

And Dhoni said he was lucky to have players at his disposal who are not afraid of pressure.

“I’m fortunate to have the players in the side to really soak up the pressure,” he said.

“What we have done really well is we have enjoyed each others’ success and that has really contributed to the side winning most of the games,” the wicket-keeper batsman said.

“If I’m happier than the person who has actually scored a century or a fifty, you understand that’s the kind of atmosphere that you want, because at the end of the day, what we play is a team sport,” he added.

Fierce competition

Dhoni said there was fierce competition for places in the Indian team but it had never spilled over into personal rivalries. “It’s important that the guys sitting out just to wait for their chance, not think that if this guy does badly we will get a chance. They can use that period to improve themselves and whenever the chance, whatever the reason may be, fitness or form, they try to earn that place in the side,” he said.

“We have been able to create that kind of atmosphere and it’s really reflected in the performances that we have given.”

Each team in the triangular series plays the other twice before the final in Trinidad. — PTI

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