India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has urged his teammates to keeps things simple without worrying about the outcome of the match ahead of the Tri-series finals against hosts Sri Lanka in Dambulla.
"I think it is a small thing that really matters, you know. If you take care of small things the big steps they take care of themselves. So it will be all the small and basic things," Dhoni said.
"Depends on what you are doing first, batting or bowling. If bowling first try to make use of conditions. There will be a strong breeze going across the field. If the bowlers can take help of that and if we get early wickets and restrict the opposition in accumulating too many runs," he said ahead of the final.
"Fielding will be crucial because we have seen every 10 runs the opposition scores it can really count at the end of the game. I think we will take care of the basics and stick to the basics," he insisted.
Dhoni said all the three teams in the tri-series have struggled at the sporting pitch at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium and his side need not worry about their performance so far.
"We try to keep it simple. If you look worried about something then the players will always look worried. I think this has been a series of ups and downs. Not only for our batsmen but for all three teams which participated.
"The new ball spell has been important. What we have seen is there have been batting collapses and sides have been bundled out for 100, 120 or 140 odd runs," he said when asked about the poor form of the middle order batsmen.
"I think the new ball will be very crucial. It is important to just see the new ball off. How you do that it is not really important, whether it looks good or does not. I think it will be crucial not to lose too many early wickets.
That will be one of the main strategies that will be used by both the teams," he said.
Opener Virender Sehwag has been the only batsman who has been performing in the tournament and Dhoni hoped the rest of the batting line-up would also click so that too much load is not put on the player.
"We don't want to put undue pressure on Sehwag. He is a free flowing cricketer. He is a natural aggressive cricketer.
I think he should still back himself and bat the way he bats.
As far as form is concerned, one gets back to form in one match and he could get out of form in two matches. Being the finals, a contributory effort will be needed.
"As long as you are there you try to make a platform wherein the other batsmen who come after you they are able to perform. I think it will be a very contributory effort. But if we win the final because of an individual brilliance the team wont really mind it. But hopefully it being a team sport everyone will try to do his job. I think it is the result that will matter," he said.
Asked about his strategy, Dhoni said, "There is no fixed plan. Lot of time we slogged. After Asia Cup there were about 10-12 matches where there had been no chance to slog. We are just feeling the flow of the bat. It is not because of any strategy."