MS Dhoni wants team to be aggressive for World T20 final
Skipper wants India to show the same attitude that helped them beat SA in the semis. Will Dhoni & Co regain the ICC World T20 Cup after 2007? This and more in our special preview
Mirpur: Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was at his pragmatic best on the eve of the World T20 final against Sri Lanka as he said "controversies are a big part of Indian cricket" and his name was associated with almost every good or bad thing that happens in the sport in India.
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The Indian camp wears a relaxed look on the eve of the World T20 final against Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka. Pic/PTI
"Over the years that I have been the captain, I have seen almost everything. There is nothing really that I have not seen in cricket. Controversies are a big part of Indian cricket and I have been through all of it.
There's hardly any good or bad in Indian cricket that happens without my name," Dhoni replied to a question about how he has internalised the tremendous pressure associated with his job.
Asked about how he felt about the final, Dhoni said, "It is important for us to play well and not think about the rest of the things. Winning World Cup for the country is more important than thinking about the other stuff."
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrates after defeating Pakistan in the ICC World T20 final at Johannesburg on September 24, 2007. PIC/AFP
The skipper was happy that his team has now come through all sorts of situations, having chased down a stiff target against South Africa in the semi-finals on Friday.
No guru mantra
So is there any secret 'guru mantra' that he will be giving to his boys prior to the final? The skipper smiled
back. "There is no guru mantra as such. Tomorrow's match will be a big one for us and we will enter the ground with the same attitude."
The number of times Sri Lanka have lost in the final of an ICC event since 2007. They were beaten in World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011 and the World Twenty20 finals in 2009 and 2012.
The number of runs Virat Kohli has scored from five games in the current World T20. He is averaging a phenomenal 121!
The number of wickets off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken in the tournament so far. He trails Imran Tahir (12 wkts), Ahsan Malik (12 wkts), and S Badree (11 wkts)
The number of times India and Sri Lanka have faced off in T20 matches. India have triumphed thrice and lost the remaining two games