No-ball incident has made our players more aggressive: Dhoni
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today conceded that the no-ball controversy in the last tri-series match against Sri Lanka has turned his players into a more aggressive lot but the team will take care not to cross the line.cricket Updated: Aug 21, 2010 17:13 IST
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today conceded that the no-ball controversy in the last tri-series match against Sri Lanka has turned his players into a more aggressive lot but the team will take care not to cross the line.
"That no ball incident really push us up to be more aggressive. But there is a limit to be aggressive on the field. We don't really want to cross that boundary though we will be as aggressive as possible on the field," Dhoni told reporters ahead of India's penultimate league match against Sri Lanka in Dambulla on Sunday.
"Of course, whatever happened was bad. It is better off to just ignore the incident. It is important to be focused and that is what we will do on the field. We will just forget what happened in the last game and hope we come out winners in the next game," he said when asked whether the incident will change the course of India's rivalry with Sri Lanka.
Dashing batsman Yuvraj Singh had to sit out of the controversial match on August 16 because of dengue but Dhoni said all the players are available for tomorrow's match.
"Everyone is available. There is no issue about fitness as of now. Hopefully, the whole squad will be available for tomorrow's selection," he said clearing the air on Yuvraj's availability.
The Indian captain said it was at times difficult for the players to concentrate on the game because of the weather conditions here but they will have to maintain focus all the time.
"When you get up in the morning you have to be prepared for the game irrespective of the weather condition because all of a sudden you may find yourself in a position where you are not really prepared for the game and the game happens. It may be a 20 overs game. So it is important to be focused and do whatever you can to be prepared for the game.
"If the game doesn't happen, it doesn't happen. It is important to be spot on throughout and it goes on for two days because you have a reserve day at the same time. So we will be prepared for it and we will just hope the game happens tomorrow," he said.
Dhoni was happy about the schedule of the tournament and said the players got enough time to rest in between matches which they have not got for a long time.
"In a way it is good for us. We have played throughout the year and hardly get opportunity to get some time off. This was one of those tournaments where we got time between our games and this is my fourth visit to Sri Lanka and frankly speaking I have never been out of the hotel," Dhoni said.
First Published: Aug 21, 2010 17:09 IST