April 16, 2011

Indian cricket

India need to maintain intensity

Akhila Ranganna

Sunil Gavaskar talks to G Viswanath of the Hindu about what made Gary Kirsten a successful coach, India's World Cup win, MS Dhoni's captaincy and the road ahead for the Indian team.

The team has to maintain the intensity which is what differentiates the champion from the others. Just like Roger Federer or a Rafael Nadal, the Indian team has to maintain the intensity at big events. They have to raise the level of the game when needed. Dhoni did not have a great start, but he raised the level when needed. He set the example and the others will learn how to do that

He [Dhoni] has shaped well. It might not be obvious to everybody, but he's picked up so many things from the others. He's learnt to build an innings without losing his natural aggression. He's picked up the good parts of captaincy from his predecessors and grown as a cricketer and person
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