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‘Dhoni didn’t inspect pitch before final’
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Mumbai, April 04, 2011
First Published: 23:44 IST(4/4/2011)
Last Updated: 23:48 IST(4/4/2011)
An Indian Air Force helicopter flies over the Wankhede Stadium before the ICC Cricket World Cup final match between Sri Lanka and India.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not inspect the Wankhede stadium pitch even for once prior to the World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

Captains, players and team management usually inspect pitches a day or two before matches but Dhoni and his team-mates did not bother to do so according to Wankhede Stadium curator Sudhir Naik.

“Not only Dhoni, no member of the Indian team ever bothered to look or inspect the pitch,” said Naik. “Indeed, I told my ground staff that such a show of self-belief is the mark of a winning team,” he said.

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