India Well on Track for World Twenty20, Says Mahendra Singh Dhoni

MS Dhoni Asia Cup Trophy
Mahendra Singh Dhoni with Asia Cup Trophy.


Mirpur: As India lifted the Asia Cup trophy without losing a single match in the tournament, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said they were well on track for the World Twenty20, beginning in two days time.

India were dominant in their win against Bangladesh in the final, chasing 121 with eight wickets in hand and seven balls to spare.

Dhoni himself finished the match with a six off Al-Amin Hossain and he said, the top order batsmen with their superb show are making it easy for the side.

“Thanks to top-oder batsmen. They have done the bulk of the job, the lower order batsmen just go and do what is needed after that. It’s looking very good now, we are on track for the World T20,” Dhoni said at the post match presentation. (Match In Pics)

Dhoni said paceman Jasprit Bumrah and young all-rounder Hardik Pandya are making the side formidable.

“Jasprit, the beauty is that he can bowl yorkers, if you don’t have the yorker you have to try a lot of other deliveries, his slightly different action also helps him a bit. Hardik can bowl a few overs for us, so if he can give us four in T20s, with his batting and fielding he is a great package,” he said.

‘Yuvraj adjusting well’

Dhoni also praised Yuvraj Singh for adjusting well to his changed batting position.

“Looking at this team it is tough to give Yuvi the No.4 slot, but he has adjusted. We have 13-14 players they are all match-winners, that is the beauty of the side, everyone is taking responsibility to finishing the game.”

“Important is to get settled combination. That’s what we have. We are on track for T20 World Cup,” he said.

Dhawan pleased with ‘special’ knock

Man-of-the-match Shikhar Dhawan, who struck 60, said it was a “special” knock for him.

“It’s special. The best thing is that we won. As a team we have worked hard. We are peaking at the right time. We were talking while chasing runs. We were comfortable during the chase, never felt the pressure. We were under control,” Dhawan said.

Mortaza proud of teammates

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said his team has been doing well and they go into the World T20 with lot of confidence.

“It’s upsetting that we couldn’t win the final but congratulations to the boys for making it this far. They played really well, we have exciting batsmen and bowlers, hopefully this team will carry on from here. We have a lot of confidence, we have to qualify for the WT20 first, we have a flight early in the morning,” he said.

‘Enjoy playing against hostile crowd’

Virat Kohli said it was a tricky situation out there.

“Rohit getting out early made it tricky but credit to Shikhar for the way he batted. He delivering when the team needed the most. The 94 stand (with Dhawan) was the game changer,” he said.

Kohli said he loves the challenge of playing against a hostile crowd.

“I back myself to find boundaries and hit the gaps, I don’t try to hit too many sixes. I enjoy the crowd being against me, it pumps me up, the more they boo me the more it motivates me,” he said.

India’s Team Director said he motivated the team to get revenge for their ODI series defeat here.

“I just told them it’s a final, enjoy it. Remember the celebrations Bangladesh did when they beat us, so just get the job done,” he said.

“We have a good all-round side, packed with power hitters, any of them can fire. If any area we have to tighten up, it is the bowling department. There is tremendous self-belief in the team and the tour of Australia was extremely important, bouncing back to win four matches after losing the first four. I was not surprised one bit when they chased this down,” he said.

Man-of-the-series was Bangladesh’s Sabbir Rahman.

Source: NDTV

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