Cardiff, June 20: With Team India doing very well in the Champions Trophy, captain MS Dhoni feels coach Duncan Fletcher is under less pressure compared to 2011 when he arrived to take charge of the team after winning the World Cup.
Dhoni said Fletcher knows the basics of cricket very well which was crucial to the youngsters in the team. "Well, Duncan is someone who knows the basics of cricket really well. The small, very little things that he can spot right at the start is something that's very crucial for all the youngsters, and it's a key for us, also. And also the fact now he's under less pressure," Dhoni said ahead of the Champions Trophy semi-final against Sri Lanka today.
"When he came in we were going through a phase where some of the senior cricketers that we had, they left us. And also the fact that we were at the top of what we could have done in cricket at that point of time. So he is always someone who would have felt the pressure; to maintain that kind of performance is very difficult.
"But I think he's loving the fact now that the team has started to do well and also there are lots of youngsters on the side who he needs to guide. So I think overall he's done really well with us, and I am just very happy for him that we are going through a phase where we are doing well for him," Dhoni said.
Fletcher took over as coach of Team India in 2011 from South Africa's Gary Kirsten. The former Zimbabwe batsman had to go through tough times after India lost 8 successive overseas Tests (4 each in England and Australia). India also lost a home Test series to England last year.
In March this year, he got 1-year extension as coach of India. Earlier, he had signed a 2-year contract in 2011.