Indian team is set to leave for Bangladesh to participate in the 13th Asia Cup. An hour before India takes off from Kolkata, captain MS Dhoni addressed the press conference. MS Dhoni said India has a well-balanced team which make them a formidable side.
In the last two T20 series, India bruised aside Australia 3-0 and Sri Lanka 2-1.
“We need to keep on repeating good performances so that we have the momentum before World T20,” Dhoni stated.
For the sake of interest, a journalist asked MS dhoni about his retirement plan. Dhoni, who is known for his humorous reply, this time, asked the journalist to write a letter to him and asked to justify why should he retire.
“Write a letter and tell me why should I retire, Dhoni replies humorously to a reporter’s query,” Dhoni says. Irritated Dhoni added, “(I) Have answered that query in past and I’m not going to answer that again.”
Last time, when Dhoni was asked about his retirement he ridiculed a journalist asking him to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to know about the time of his retirement.
Meanwhile, Dhoni is going to approach the tournament as a platform for experimentation as he wants to give everybody a chance. Talking about the preparation and tactics for Asia Cup the limited over captain said that every player in the squad will get a chance to play with World T20 looming back in the door.
“We will try to give everybody a game in the AsiaCup, ” said Dhoni. Though he said that his top priority will be winning the Cup for the second time in this new millennium. India last won an Asia Cup in 2010 under the captaincy of Dhoni which broke 10 years Asia Cup drought for India.
“We try to keep the team fit but at the same time giving every individual a game time is also important,” Dhoni replied.
Asked about match tactics, captain cool said, “My tactics are planned according to the playing XI.”
Talking about the luck factor for which Dhoni is quite famous, he said, “Luck is a big factor in games, sometimes the toss play a big role.” “We start the game with tosses so luck is involved from the beginning,” he further added.
Meanwhile, Dhoni praised his top order – Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli- for doing an excellent job in match after match. “Lot of responsibility shared by the top order in T20Is,” Dhoni said. He further said that if the top order continues to do a good job then the problem of No. 6 and No. 7 will not be a big issue. “If the team is playing well, number 6 and 7 should not be coming into bat,” said Dhoni.
Talking about the difference between playing T20 and Test cricket he said, it is “easy to switch from T20 format to Test format but difficult to do it from Tests to T20s.”
Meanwhile, Dhoni praised retiring Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum, saying “he is a fantastic cricketer, a player who entertains the crowd.” McCullum hit the fastest Test century in his final Test against Australia at Hagley oval, Christchurch.