There is no added pressure on us: Dhoni

There is no added pressure on us: Dhoni

There is no added pressure on us: Dhoni

While terming Saturday’s match as an ‘important one,’ MS Dhoni warned that Pakistan could find themselves in trouble if they don’t come out with the right approach.

With Pakistan out of the tournament, Dhoni pointed out, they can be a dangerous side depending upon what they are thinking. “Well, there are two ways to look at it,” Dhoni noted while addressing the media in the pre-match press conference here on Friday.

“If their thinking is that they have nothing really to lose... ‘Let's go out and be expressive on the field, don't bother about the result’, then they can be dangerous. But if the thinking is they are not qualified and let's let’s win this game so that we have a consolation prize, then they'll be in big trouble. So it depends entirely on what they are thinking,” Dhoni remarked. 

From India’s point of view Dhoni said it was important to have a look at each side.
“It doesn't matter which side you are really playing because the reason is all international sides are good enough. So no real point taking any added pressure,” the Jharkhand man explained.

The good starts at the top of the order maybe the difference between the two sides this time compared to last series which Pakistan won 2-1 in India. “I think we are a side that relies quite a bit on a good start,” Dhoni mentioned.

“It doesn't really mean that we always need hundred-run partnership. The openers need to spend some time in the middle and that really calms down the dressing room. That has been the case whenever we have got off to a good start; more often than not we have been able to capitalise on that fact,” he offered.

Indian batsmen, perhaps, will come up with their biggest test in terms of quality of bowling but Dhoni maintained that there was no need to have a different approach in morrow’s game.

“No, I think it's (approach) exactly the same because all international sides or most of them have got good fast bowlers, and Pakistan have got a good spinner also up their sleeve. Also, along with (Saeed) Ajmal they have (Mohammad) Hafeez who has been doing really well when it comes to the bowling department.

Overall they are a very good bowling side, so we are not looking to change anything. The approach needs to be the same, and we'll stick to the basics,” said Dhoni.