Bangladesh v India, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 28, 2014

Dhoni credits team environment for success

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The World T20 is increasingly shaping up like the Champions Trophy did as far as India are concerned. They had travelled to England in 2013 amid IPL controversy and won the ODI tournament with an unbeaten campaign. They have travelled to Bangladesh amid controversy again and have become the first side to qualify for the semi-finals, by winning three games out of three.

It is often India's Man of the Match who meets the press after a victory, but because of clamour from some sections of the media at home that MS Dhoni had been avoiding reporters, the captain walked in to take questions but answered only those related to the World T20. He declined to answer whether he had offered to resign as captain, as some reports had suggested.

Dhoni was asked how his side had managed to perform so well in both the Champions Trophy and the World T20 with such grave off-field issues in the background. The captain put it down to the environment within the squad.

"A good dressing-room atmosphere and having belief in yourself and enjoying each other's success," he said. "A lot of things happen around cricket but you have to be focused when you are representing your country. That is one thing that this team has done really well.

"And of course accepting the challenges, enjoying the challenges, trying to prove that you are one of the best when it comes to international cricketers. Once you are in as a batsman you want to take the team through, if you are bowling well on that particular day you want to take wickets for the team, if you are a part-timer the same things applies. It is all about the dressing-room atmosphere and we have kept it really nice."

India haven't had a good time in World T20s since winning the inaugural one in 2007, and this is the first time they have made the semis since that tournament. When asked if the team had talked about reaching this stage in the build-up, Dhoni said they had not thought about anything but had only come in with the knowledge that they would be playing in familiar conditions.

"We do not really discuss all that because one of the facts is you are supposed to play well. That is what the criteria is. If the consideration was just getting into the semi-finals, then what do you do once you reach the semi-finals? You should be happy and just stay there and say okay, we have reached the semi-finals, we don't really want to play it.

"I feel what we did was, we came in with nothing really in mind. Knew the conditions quite well. We play in the subcontinent quite a few games, especially the IPL, so we had the right kind of exposure. We knew the kind of problems we could face when it comes to bowling and batting and we had to work on that. So again we were concentrating on the process irrespective of what format we are playing. I feel it is always the process that is very important. Once you know the problem area, you can work on it and in a tournament like this it is very important you do not expose yourself, your weak link, to the opposition too much."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • DingDong420 on March 29, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    India's bowlers have won all the matches

  • Nampally on March 29, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    India played as a Team despite failure of some individual- notably Dhawan & Yuvraj. In T20 "Team work" is the #1 attribute for success. There have been 3 batsmen - Rohit, Kohli & Raina who batted consistently well & 3 Spinners Mishra. Ashwin & jadeja who too took wickets. Dhoni & Kumar have also contributed when a chance arose. In short 8 of the XI have ontributed which is bound to give India he Winning edge. Shami appears to have a "tired Arm syndrome". He has been erratic & may need resting to benefit the team. He will come back more refreshed with greater intensity after being rested. Clearly he was over used in NZ Test series & had no breaks for a long time. India should test out Aaron in place of Shami & Rahane in place of Yuvraj or Dhawan. If both the replacements are successful India has option for 2 more "contributers"! Opening batsmen + "death bowling" is still a huge problem for India! Kumar & Shami Bowling full tosses in the last 2 overs is still hurting India badly.

  • on March 29, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Go pakistan, tomorrow win that match with huge margin to stay in the semi final race n show to them ( BNG) your strength bcoz they talks too much.Good luck, From India

  • on March 29, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Well done Team India!!!. Heartening to see them qualifying for the semi final for the first time since 2007.

  • on March 29, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    People have forgotten rohit was failing miserably but he never gets dropped so don't put dhavn in the same boat. Dhavn far better than rohit. We are just confused lot

  • ramli on March 29, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    @Saadeep Mani ... it needs damn pessimism to comment like that ... sure you don't like to see India winning, MSD in particular ... even if India bowls second, there will be enough runs in the ketty for the bowlers ... bad luck to you

  • Haridarshan11 on March 29, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    India is doing good but still need Rahene at the top instead of Dhawan. First Dhawan is flat track bully. Now he is even finding is difficult to bat on flat track against quality bowlers. He needs time off to sort out his batting before WC 2015. We need Yuvraj singh in T20. He is naturall stroke maker. We need some one like him in middle overs to hit 20 run in over.

  • on March 29, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    These successes are special . these are mainly delivered by Bowlers. which many people always say that they are not good enough. if india's bowlers can give this kind of performance all the time then they will be hard to beat.

  • jackiethepen on March 29, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    I was very impressed with India's first game when, after the fall of early wickets, Kohli and Raina calmly rebuilt without any fuss or anxiety, taking the singles and the boundaries when they came. Really good cricket. I thought the lack of stress surrounding these cricketers boded really well for the tournament and so it has proved so far.

  • on March 29, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    When India winning, everybody says Dhoni is good captain. when india loses, every body wants that dhoni should be kicked out. Cricket is a team game. But Dhoni has got some luck in the ICC tournaments & and also the decision taking during the tournaments clicked like the one to continue Ishant sharma bowling in Champions trophy final and went on to win the trophy in England(unbeaten team).

    The same team was drawn blank, when they touring in England and was beaten by all formats. Again in 2015 world cup you can see this magic will workout in Austalia & Newzealand. MSD is God blessed person.

  • DingDong420 on March 29, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    India's bowlers have won all the matches

  • Nampally on March 29, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    India played as a Team despite failure of some individual- notably Dhawan & Yuvraj. In T20 "Team work" is the #1 attribute for success. There have been 3 batsmen - Rohit, Kohli & Raina who batted consistently well & 3 Spinners Mishra. Ashwin & jadeja who too took wickets. Dhoni & Kumar have also contributed when a chance arose. In short 8 of the XI have ontributed which is bound to give India he Winning edge. Shami appears to have a "tired Arm syndrome". He has been erratic & may need resting to benefit the team. He will come back more refreshed with greater intensity after being rested. Clearly he was over used in NZ Test series & had no breaks for a long time. India should test out Aaron in place of Shami & Rahane in place of Yuvraj or Dhawan. If both the replacements are successful India has option for 2 more "contributers"! Opening batsmen + "death bowling" is still a huge problem for India! Kumar & Shami Bowling full tosses in the last 2 overs is still hurting India badly.

  • on March 29, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Go pakistan, tomorrow win that match with huge margin to stay in the semi final race n show to them ( BNG) your strength bcoz they talks too much.Good luck, From India

  • on March 29, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Well done Team India!!!. Heartening to see them qualifying for the semi final for the first time since 2007.

  • on March 29, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    People have forgotten rohit was failing miserably but he never gets dropped so don't put dhavn in the same boat. Dhavn far better than rohit. We are just confused lot

  • ramli on March 29, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    @Saadeep Mani ... it needs damn pessimism to comment like that ... sure you don't like to see India winning, MSD in particular ... even if India bowls second, there will be enough runs in the ketty for the bowlers ... bad luck to you

  • Haridarshan11 on March 29, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    India is doing good but still need Rahene at the top instead of Dhawan. First Dhawan is flat track bully. Now he is even finding is difficult to bat on flat track against quality bowlers. He needs time off to sort out his batting before WC 2015. We need Yuvraj singh in T20. He is naturall stroke maker. We need some one like him in middle overs to hit 20 run in over.

  • on March 29, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    These successes are special . these are mainly delivered by Bowlers. which many people always say that they are not good enough. if india's bowlers can give this kind of performance all the time then they will be hard to beat.

  • jackiethepen on March 29, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    I was very impressed with India's first game when, after the fall of early wickets, Kohli and Raina calmly rebuilt without any fuss or anxiety, taking the singles and the boundaries when they came. Really good cricket. I thought the lack of stress surrounding these cricketers boded really well for the tournament and so it has proved so far.

  • on March 29, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    When India winning, everybody says Dhoni is good captain. when india loses, every body wants that dhoni should be kicked out. Cricket is a team game. But Dhoni has got some luck in the ICC tournaments & and also the decision taking during the tournaments clicked like the one to continue Ishant sharma bowling in Champions trophy final and went on to win the trophy in England(unbeaten team).

    The same team was drawn blank, when they touring in England and was beaten by all formats. Again in 2015 world cup you can see this magic will workout in Austalia & Newzealand. MSD is God blessed person.

  • on March 29, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    congrats team india.. Everybody thought n claimed that indian bowling is too weak..now all can see only bcz of bowling we won all the three matches..and given best chance for the batsman to be relax and out of chasing pressure..well done bowlers keep up the good work till the final.GoodLuck TEAM INDIA

  • rohanblue on March 29, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    its unbelievable how Dhoni carries himself all the time, so much pressure off field, still he is so cool, calm, collective, always smiling. Dhoni is real man, Dhoni is an inspiration, Dhoni = SUPERMAN. God bless MSD. A true legend and my idol........

  • Vijay_P_S on March 29, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Dhoni is mentally the toughest cricketer Ind produced along with Dravid. He can handle these off-field nuisances and still come out on top.

  • on March 29, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    MS Dhoni is a cool and a very composed individual and captain. Great personality on and off the field. The way India is playing reminds me of the 2011 worldcup, there is a strong commitment to win.

  • on March 29, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    DHONI is a fighter that I know ! He will fight out of this controversy too ! He knows his job and knows it very well that is why he is the only player who won T-20 WORLD CUP FOR INDIA, ICC-WORLD CUP 2011 for India, CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2013 and above all HIS OWN CSK team ! So, no questions on his credibility ! Love him for his commitment, for his attitude and as a player !

  • on March 29, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    sounds strange reasoning for success so far. real reason is the much maligned bowlers. every so often we hear that a batsman is just ONE innings away from his form,even after failing for 20th time.the poor bowler gets no chance.if he has not performed well in 3 consecutive matches, he is dumped. even a Harbhajan. does Dhoni means team environment was not good in SA or NZ where we lost all the matches. NO SIR.our batsmen failed to negotiate pace IS the reason.

  • on March 29, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    For God's sake, SACK Dhawan. Most laziest cricketer I had ever seen. How many chances he would get? He is really an excess baggage in the current team with poor batting and fielding. Guys please do not compare great YUVI with substandard Dhawan. Yuvi can bowl and take crucial wickets. I do not know why Dhoni is not having faith on Yuvi's bowling. Yesterday when Bangladesh were struggling at 53/3 Dhoni should have tried Yuvi. Easily Yuvi is a match winner anytime with his allround skills.

  • sramesh_74 on March 29, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    It is time for Dhawan to take a break and have Rahane open the innings with Sharma. His was a pathetic innings against Bangladesh. He cannot hope to slog his way out of trouble.

  • Sharath274 on March 29, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Very good display by the Indians so far.. looked as if they were not tested severely in the matches so far.. cant be easy going forward..we have been the only team unbeaten in the tournament.. under such scenario, its easy to have a sudden off-day and I hope it happens during the next match and not in the SF or Finals..Go Team India.. lets get back the trophy yet again..

  • YogifromNY on March 29, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    @switchmitch - well said, mate. MSD definitely is a captain who contributes hugely to the dressing room atmosphere. Yes, his refusal to drop non-performing players drives me and other fans crazy, but perhaps that also contributes to the team atmosphere where players know they won't just be kicked out at the first few failures and contribute to making a positive team environment.

  • on March 29, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    @Saandeep Mani "India has chased in all 3 matches.. It will be interesting to see how the bowlers hold up when they have to bowl second, especially considering the due."

    In the next match, India should test that out if it wins the toss. This would give them an opportunity to fix any issues before the semis.

  • realfan on March 29, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    man this dhoni has got a heart of steel... imagine any captain with this much expectations, this much off field controversies, this much pressure to perform, lots of criticism... and still you are not quiting.... and still you keep winnig... i can imagine the environment of indian dressing room and cn say clearly that indian dressing room is the best followed by west indian dressing room.... there are people to cheer up the enviroment, there are people to lift the mood .... i guess only ptroblem is with coach duncan... i rarely see him talking to players let alone practicing with them.... gary was total contrast of duncan and joe daves... he was literally practicing with players even thought he had sachin , dravid, vvs, ganguly in his team... he was very close with all of them and moving freely with them ... that i dont see in duncan and joe daves....

  • siddhartha87 on March 29, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    i will be very surprised if India does not win this world cup. However form of Dhawan and Yuvraj is till a concern

  • on March 29, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    India has chased in all 3 matches.. It will be interesting to see how the bowlers hold up when they have to bowl second, especially considering the due. That would be enough excuse for Dhoni at the end of the match (after losing!).

  • arup_g on March 28, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    India, dare I say it, are looking very good. They seem to be playing for each other and it reminds me of how the team were during the Champions trophy win. The two players that seem misfits are Dhawan and Yuvraj, but Yuvi has been around for years so it's easier for him. Dhawan is really struggling, but is the answer to drop him? For the Australia game - yes! Drop him, play Rahane. We're through to the Semis so the risk in the Australia game is low. Let Rahane settle in, before the Semis arrive. If we're going to persist with Yuvraj at 4/5, then Rahane needs to open.

  • aries31 on March 28, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    This Captain as always is humble, and seldom brags about his own contribution to the teamwork. He as captain has always contributed his very best to Inda's success in any international event.

  • switchmitch on March 28, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    Got to give it to this man and his teammates. In an era where stress related illnesses and pressure related breakdowns are common, this guy is a refreshing change. I don't think any other team in the world faces as much pressure as Indian Cricketers do. The fans alternate between placing them on a pedestal or burning their effigies, depending on the team's performance on that day. The media is ever present and extremely intrusive. The board is undergoing its worst crisis in its history...and yet, not one player talks about pressure or uses that as an excuse for non performance. There may be many cricketing weaknesses in Dhoni and the Indian team but they definitely are a tough bunch of guys.

  • sixesandfours on March 28, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    Congrats India!!! Keep improving Fielding, Catching and Batting. Please help those who are struggling all the way. Get the litle things right when pressure is on with the big teams calmness and composure makes the winning, and those who trust in team efforts and backing up with good belief those are the champions!!! God Bless India and the team!!!

  • on March 28, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    There is a reason that this guy is one of the best captains around in world cricket......especially the shorter versions. Always calm and measured. The story in all 3 games have been identical - Dhoni winning the toss, electing to field, opposition getting bowled out between 130-140 runs, Mishra spearheading bowling with good support from other bowlers, losing Dhawan cheaply and then India cantering to chase without any further problems. Easy and convincing victories

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 28, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    With all that is happening back home with the BCCI and Indian cricket as a whole, this is a commendable performance by the team. MS Dhoni is a class act. His leadership has always instilled an air of self belief, confidence, passion and no-fear attitude. The team has done well to get to the semis but now their true test awaits. But MS Dhoni's India knows how to win BIG matches and world tournaments. As an Indian fan, I am very confident India can win this World T20 because they have the players to do it as well as the mental toughness. Most of all, it's heartening to see players like Amit Mishra getting the vote of confidence from MSD. Things are looking bright for India.

  • LoveTeamIndia on March 28, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    "A good dressing-room atmosphere and having belief in yourself and enjoying each other's success"--where was that in South Africa and New Zealand, where India lost pretty much everything? The real reason of the success in the World Cup is that the conditions are perfect for India. Also, Dhoni, the lucky man, won three tosses in a row. Also, Dhoni, like his buddy Srini, is too greedy to resign from captaincy---so it was pointless to ask him if he offered to resign.

  • on March 28, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Hats off to MS DHONI for being managed to perform so well in both the Champions Trophy and the World T20 with such grave off-field issues in the background.

  • nagarmanohar on March 28, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    Its dhoni who takes the team to this level. thanks to him....

  • Vilander on March 28, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    So under Dhoni, India has won 1, ODI No 1, World Cup,Champions Trophy and Asia Cup. 2, Test No 1 and Test championship mace 3, T20 No 1 and World T20

    Under him CSK have Won 1, IPL 2, Champions League

    He has won everything that matters in Cricket as a captain. Could probably play for BBL and win a cup there if he wants a challenge.

  • ArvindKejriwal_mfpatel810rediff on March 28, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Dhoni is going to become the first captain to have won biggest trophies cricket can offer in 1) T20 World cup 2007 2) CB Series against the top Aussie team in CB Series 2008 3) ODI World cup 2011 4) Champions trophy 2013.

    Soon to be added

    1) T20 Wcup 2014 2) ODI World cup 2015.

    Remember after winning the world cup in 2011 at presentation ceremony he was asked..Now what ? He had answered " I would not mind repeating it all over again"

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  • ArvindKejriwal_mfpatel810rediff on March 28, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Dhoni is going to become the first captain to have won biggest trophies cricket can offer in 1) T20 World cup 2007 2) CB Series against the top Aussie team in CB Series 2008 3) ODI World cup 2011 4) Champions trophy 2013.

    Soon to be added

    1) T20 Wcup 2014 2) ODI World cup 2015.

    Remember after winning the world cup in 2011 at presentation ceremony he was asked..Now what ? He had answered " I would not mind repeating it all over again"

  • Vilander on March 28, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    So under Dhoni, India has won 1, ODI No 1, World Cup,Champions Trophy and Asia Cup. 2, Test No 1 and Test championship mace 3, T20 No 1 and World T20

    Under him CSK have Won 1, IPL 2, Champions League

    He has won everything that matters in Cricket as a captain. Could probably play for BBL and win a cup there if he wants a challenge.

  • nagarmanohar on March 28, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    Its dhoni who takes the team to this level. thanks to him....

  • on March 28, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Hats off to MS DHONI for being managed to perform so well in both the Champions Trophy and the World T20 with such grave off-field issues in the background.

  • LoveTeamIndia on March 28, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    "A good dressing-room atmosphere and having belief in yourself and enjoying each other's success"--where was that in South Africa and New Zealand, where India lost pretty much everything? The real reason of the success in the World Cup is that the conditions are perfect for India. Also, Dhoni, the lucky man, won three tosses in a row. Also, Dhoni, like his buddy Srini, is too greedy to resign from captaincy---so it was pointless to ask him if he offered to resign.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 28, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    With all that is happening back home with the BCCI and Indian cricket as a whole, this is a commendable performance by the team. MS Dhoni is a class act. His leadership has always instilled an air of self belief, confidence, passion and no-fear attitude. The team has done well to get to the semis but now their true test awaits. But MS Dhoni's India knows how to win BIG matches and world tournaments. As an Indian fan, I am very confident India can win this World T20 because they have the players to do it as well as the mental toughness. Most of all, it's heartening to see players like Amit Mishra getting the vote of confidence from MSD. Things are looking bright for India.

  • on March 28, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    There is a reason that this guy is one of the best captains around in world cricket......especially the shorter versions. Always calm and measured. The story in all 3 games have been identical - Dhoni winning the toss, electing to field, opposition getting bowled out between 130-140 runs, Mishra spearheading bowling with good support from other bowlers, losing Dhawan cheaply and then India cantering to chase without any further problems. Easy and convincing victories

  • sixesandfours on March 28, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    Congrats India!!! Keep improving Fielding, Catching and Batting. Please help those who are struggling all the way. Get the litle things right when pressure is on with the big teams calmness and composure makes the winning, and those who trust in team efforts and backing up with good belief those are the champions!!! God Bless India and the team!!!

  • switchmitch on March 28, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    Got to give it to this man and his teammates. In an era where stress related illnesses and pressure related breakdowns are common, this guy is a refreshing change. I don't think any other team in the world faces as much pressure as Indian Cricketers do. The fans alternate between placing them on a pedestal or burning their effigies, depending on the team's performance on that day. The media is ever present and extremely intrusive. The board is undergoing its worst crisis in its history...and yet, not one player talks about pressure or uses that as an excuse for non performance. There may be many cricketing weaknesses in Dhoni and the Indian team but they definitely are a tough bunch of guys.

  • aries31 on March 28, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    This Captain as always is humble, and seldom brags about his own contribution to the teamwork. He as captain has always contributed his very best to Inda's success in any international event.