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We have to repeat our World Cup success: Dhoni
Colombo, September 12, 2012
First Published: 23:39 IST(12/9/2012)
Last Updated: 12:54 IST(14/9/2012)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni said it was important for the team to do well in the World Twenty20 tournament after the triumph in the World Cup last year.

"We are the world champions in the 50-over format and it is important for us to repeat the success in the shortest format. We have to be at our best in this format considering you don't have time to recover as compared to Tests or ODIs," said Dhoni on his arrival here with the team.

Dhoni said the side's focus will be on adjusting to the T20 version before the event kicks off Sep 18. India will play warm-up matches against Sri Lanka (Sept 15) and Pakistan (Sept 17) before beginning their campaign against Afghanistan September 19 here.

"It is difficult to switch formats, especially from Tests to T20. The way you approach a game is different in all the three formats and you have to adjust. But it is not that you cannot do it, only thing is that your basics will have to be right.

"And as professional cricketers we have to do that and players like Virender Sehwag have been doing well in all three formats," he said a day after India suffered a one- run loss to New Zealand in Chennai.

Asked about their opener with Afghanistan, Dhoni said: "We respect all our opponents and we cannot be complacent."

The wicket-keeper batsman felt the practice games will be enough for their preparations.

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t20 fixtures

Match Date Time Teams
1st 19/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST AUS vs IRE
2nd 19/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs IND
3rd 20/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST SA vs ZIM
4th 21/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST NZ vs BAN
5th 21/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs ENG

t20 standings

Chennai Super Kings 4 2 2 0 0 -0.049 8
Sri Lanka 3 3 0 0 0 +0.998 6
Kolkata Knight Riders 4 1 2 0 1 +0.488 6
Perth Scorchers 4 1 2 0 1 -0.474 6
Auckland Aces 4 1 2 0 1 -0.963 6
Australia 3 2 1 0 0 +0.464 4
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