Dhoni predicts entertaining final
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hopes the keen tussle between his young team and hosts England will produce an exciting Champions Trophy final on Sunday.
“England are a very good side and they know the conditions well. We have also played well in a tournament where you only face the best of teams,” Dhoni said at Edgbaston on Saturday.
“So it will be a good contest and very good for the spectators too. We as cricketers want to entertain the crowd. And that is how it is going to be.” The dream final, worth USD 2 million to the winners, will be a mouth-watering clash between the two best teams in the eight-nation tournament.
“We will prepare for the final the same way we prepared for the semi-final, or the game against Pakistan,” he said. “It’s a new game now. What happened in the past does not matter.”
Dhoni brushed aside worries that bad weather -- rain has been forecast for the entire day on Sunday -- could ruin the final in front of a packed Edgbaston.
“We will wait for tomorrow to see how the weather goes, we can’t go by the forecast. In our semi-final against Sri Lanka, they said we may not even get a 20-over game and we ended up playing a full match.”
The Indian captain said the first 10 overs of the innings, whether bowling or batting, could determine how the final shaped up. “If you get off to a good start, you are able to put pressure on the middle order and then you can restrict the opposition from scoring freely,” Dhoni said.
“Or if you are batting first and if you have wickets in hand, you can get those extra 20 or 25 runs in the end which could prove crucial. So I think the first 10 overs are very crucial either way.”