Preparation for WC good: Dhoni

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Published: Monday, January 3, 2011, 11:20 [IST]
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Preparation for WC good: Dhoni

Cricket biggest tournament is just 50 days away and Indian captain M S Dhoni is satisfied with his team's preparations for the mega-event. But he recognises that winning the cup definitely presents a stiff challenge and that a lot will depend on if India can peak at the right time.

Dhoni added that the competition will be intense with every team eying World Cup glory in the event that commences on Feb 19 in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. But he is glad to notice that India has been playing as a cohesive unit and not depending on the glowing performances of just a few players.

"I am happy with our preparations so far as we have gelled well, we have backed each other all the way and have played some excellent cricket lately," Dhoni said in a World Cup promotional event here Saturday. "But we are also aware that we need to peak at the right time and maintain a winning momentum as the competition will be tough and every team will enter the event fancying its chances."

Dhoni recognises that the key to progressing toward a formidable standing in the tournament is to focus on one match at a time and give each encounter due importance.

"Each team and match will bring a fresh challenge and we will have to play to our potential every time we take the field," observed Dhoni.

Dhoni also realises that his team is carrying with it the hopes of a billion people and that his men will have to rise to the occasion toward winning India the coveted crown.

"It does not get any bigger than the World Cup. It is the ultimate dream of every cricketer to represent his country in this competition and win the glittering trophy at least once in his career."

India play South Africa in a five-match one-day series after the Tests and Dhoni figures it will be India's last opportunity to fine-tune its winning combination and phase itself into one-day mode.


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