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We have to adapt quickly, says Dhoni

cricket Updated: Sep 11, 2007 20:28 IST

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Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday said that it was imperative for the Indian team to adapt quickly to the demands of Twenty20 cricket to be able to make an impact in the inaugural World Championship.

Dhoni said the players had to approach the tournament with an open mind as the pressing schedule had left little time for preparation.

"Just 48 hours to have a strategy. To be open minded is very important. We will plan with help from support staff. If you are playing for India, you are always busy. We had a long tour to Ireland and England. It is taxing, it's the World Cup. That itself brings the freshness and the excitement, the confidence.

"We have just one Twenty20 game. We will have to adapt and adapt quickly," Dhoni told reporters here.

The Indian captain said the team had a few tactics up its sleeve, but the players had to be smart thinkers to click in the slam-bang version of the game.

"Three or four plans are ready. But the game changes every couple of overs. You have to do your homework fast. It's important to plan and be ready to think on your feet," he said.

The Jharkhand player said he would not crumble under the pressure of captaincy and would look forward to his team's support to be a successful skipper.

"If you have played a for a while, sub-consciously you tend to read the game; what the opposition captain is planning, what the bowlers are planning or what a batsman is thinking. That's what a captain does. You need to back yourself, back your instincts," he said.