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MS ready to take fresh guard

Back to lead India in the Tests against West Indies after taking a break from the ODI series, MS Dhoni says the World Cup euphoria is behind him and all that matters is the future.

cricket Updated: Jun 20, 2011 00:21 IST
N Ananthanarayanan

Back to lead India in the Tests against West Indies after taking a break from the ODI series, MS Dhoni says the World Cup euphoria is behind him and all that matters is the future.

“The break has helped me,” he said. “You are not running on reserve battery; all those niggles vanish and you want to do more and more things in the nets.” Dhoni has an enviable record; India have not lost a series under him, winning six of the nine since he took charge.

At the first training session here, he caught up with the team, joked with the younger lot. Dhoni said his priority is to make newcomers feel at home, and there are many here.

“It's important to create an atmosphere where they love the challenge because if there are no challenges you can't prove your mettle.” Is he conscious of his captaincy record? “Ah, that is one thing I never worry about. For me it's all about the team, and trying to help each individual perform better.”

But how does he motivate himself? “For me, it's all about enjoying the competition. I concentrate on small things, not the big ones and that's what I have carried from 'gully cricket' to international cricket.