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Rejuvenated India look to start on a winning note

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Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 12:09 [IST]
 
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Team is fresh, raring to go: MS Dhoni

Chennai, Jul 18: MS Dhoni while addressing the media on Tuesday after the training camp at Chennai said it was a welcome break and that makes the players look fresh as they are raring to go at Sri Lanka in the ODI series that starts this Saturday.

Dhoni said the three-month break from international cricket was a much needed one as they had many overseas tours, and home series that kept them busy throughout the year after winning the World Cup.

"Now most of the players have come back after a long break and the body looks very different and their fielding and other activities look very different. We will make the most of the rest that we have got," he said.

Having practised for the last few days after enjoying a long break, Dhoni said the team focused on a few special sessions.

"In the last few days, we have practiced hard and had fairly long sessions. We also got specific sessions. We look forward to be successful in the coming series," said Dhoni.

Talking about the upcoming ODI series, the cool captain said the team wil look forward to start the season with a win.

"We will be playing in different venues in Sri Lanka. We have to win this series also. It is important to be focused to do our best as it is the start of the season for us. We want to start with on a winning note."

Since Lankan tracks are not unfamiliar to the players, Dhoni felt the conditions would not be very different from India.

"Sri Lanka is not a new place to us. During the last five years, we have gone there often, may be twice a year or so. I do not think the conditions there are very different and also the fact that if you compare to India, it is not very different."

When asked about the country also hosting the T20 World Cup, he said since the team which is touring Lanka for the ODIs also includes most of the players in the T20 squad, they can get used to the conditions.

"Most of the players who are part of this side will be part of the T20 side too. So, getting used to the conditions there will not be a big problem for us," he said.

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