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.

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

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