'Our focus is on Windies'

 
“If there was a winning formula in sports, every team would have applied that,” the Indian captain said on Tuesday. “We have played well for the last 18-20 months, we know we have the potential of doing well everywhere in the world. At the same time, as is the case right now, our progress depends on the other game. Whatever happens is beyond our control. We will ask our team to think about the things they can achieve in this game.”

On managing the disappointing Ishant Sharma’s workload, Dhoni noted, “When it comes to the Indian cricket team, we are expected to win every game. The moment you rotate a few players and you lose a game, it becomes a big issue. The whole of India needs to know that if you are playing so many games, then players will be rotated and if the bench is not so strong, we will lose a few games. What that does is you don’t lose big players in big tournaments, and it also grooms the second line of bowlers.” West Indies skipper Floyd Reifer made it clear that his side wasn’t ready to roll over. “We're looking to improve every game; it’s about improvement for us as individuals and as a team.”

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