World T20: Part timers' role crucial, says Dhoni

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Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 17:28 [IST]
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Colombo, Sep 12: Having completed the series against New Zealand, Team India has reached Colombo this evening, as he spoke to reporters on the team's arrival on Wednesday.

Part timers' role crucial in T20s: Dhoni

Playing their first match against Afghanistan on Sep 19, MS Dhoni said the team will not take the opponents lightly and would have to play to their potential in order to be successful.

"We respect Afghanistan as an international side and cannot take them lightly," said Dhoni

With the T20 World Cup starting on Sep 18, warm-up matches will be played from Thursday, as India get to play two warm-up matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan ahead of their first group match against Afghanistan.

"We have to be at our best. In this format we don't have much time,"said the skipper.

Talking about the pitch in Sri Lanka, Dhoni felt the wickets have been different in Lanka, despite playing the ODI series recently in the island.

"The wickets here were different earlier from what they are now. We played here recently and have to see how wickets are prepared," said Dhoni after the team arrived at Colombo for ICC World T20 that is starting on Sep 18.

Moreover, Team India skipper also stressed on the fact that since the matches are held only in a few places, they need not travel a lot, as they could concentrate on practising for a few more days.

"We won't be travelling much which means there will be more emphasis on the net session. Will see how it helps us at the end of the tournament," he added.

"(To switch between formats) Is quite difficult. The skill set required is very different. The demands are very different. It is difficult but I feel at the international level, cricketers are supposed to do that."

Since the selectors have picked Laxmipathy Balaji and Harbhajan Singh, the skipper felt the team will be benefitted as the two players add balance to the team.

"Presence of L Balaji will help us," said Dhoni before concluding the interaction with reporters in Colombo on Wednesday.

Moreover, when asked about his strategy, he said spinners play a vital role, and the team has a lot of variety, which is a big advantage.

"The part-timers' role will be very crucial. We have a lot of variation in our side," he added.

India are scheduled to play two warm-up games ahead of ICC World T20, against the sub-continent sides.

Sep 15: 9:30 (IST): India Vs Sri Lanka, PSS, Colombo

Sep 17: 14:00 (IST): India Vs Pakistan, Premadasa Stadium, Colombo


Story first published:  Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 17:19 [IST]
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