MS Dhoni’s unstoppable run toward immortality came to a screeching halt in England this summer. But Captain Cool isn’t bothered. A first-ever series win for India in Australia, and the summer of woes will be forgotten as a minor speed bump.
Ahead of the Boxing Day Test, however, Dhoni is not putting any undue pressure on himself or the team. “How we start in the first Test is important. We want to be in the moment. Break the match into sessions… try to win more sessions than the opposition. If we win enough sessions, we win the Test.”
He said, “Our emphasis will be on small things, not where we want to be at the end of the fourth Test. There's no point in taking that extra pressure. It will not help us. We need to keep it simple.”
He also dealt with the raging topic in Melbourne — the fitness of pace duo Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan — with dexterity. “We have taken as much precaution as we could (regarding Zaheer and Ishant). We have tried our best. They have put in a lot of effort in practice sessions. Hopefully, they won’t have any injury.”
Declaring that “everyone’s fit for the game”, he made it a point not to verbally rile the opposition, even batting for the untested Australian line-up, with two of their top three making their Test debut in the past six months (Shaun Marsh and David Warner), and another yet to play a single Test (Ed Cowan).
“Even when Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne made their debut, they hadn’t played many games but in due course, they became legends. (These) youngsters can also do so. Inexperience will not matter as long as you can adapt to the conditions,” said Dhoni.