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Cricket

Dhoni banks on IPL experience to do well in World T20
PTI
Dhaka, March 14, 2014
First Published: 23:39 IST(14/3/2014)
Last Updated: 23:44 IST(14/3/2014)

India might not have played any T20 international in the last five months but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday said his side can bank on the Indian Premier League experience to do well in the World Twenty20 beginning at Mirpur on Sunday.

India have played only five T20 internationals since the last World T20 in 2012. Infact, they played only one Twenty20 International in 2013 - in October at Rajkot against Australia, while most of the countries competing in the World Cup here have played enough T20Is in the recent months.

"We have played a lot of Twenty20 matches. You may say they were not T20 Internationals. All the players in the team have played a lot of T20 matches in the IPL," Dhoni, who left the Indian shores without holding the customary pre-departure media interaction, said at the pre-tournament press conference.

"In IPL we have played with the best players and the standard there is as high as international standards so that really amounts to the experience we need.

"The conditions in Bangladesh are similar to those in India and so the IPL experience will help us," he said.

Dhoni said the two warm-up games - against Sri Lanka on March 17 and against England on March 19 - will also give his side an opportunity to try out various combinations.

"We will be playing two warm-up matches also and we will try out all the players in the squad for various combinations. All the players will get a chance and we will get the opportunity to know what is the best for the team," he said.

He said each match of the T20 World Cup will be important and his players will have to be on their toes throughout the tournament.

"Our group is quite a competitive one so all the matches will be important. In the last T20 World Cup, we lost just one match but still we were out of the tournament. So every match is important and we have to be at our best throughout," Dhoni said.

India's performance have dipped in recent times with the team failing to register a single win in what turned out to be disastrous tours of South Africa and New Zealand.


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