Sri Lanka are 'dangerous side', says MS Dhoni

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Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 12:03 [IST]
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Cardiff, June 20: India captain MS Dhoni has said he and his team are not concentrating on just Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara but the entire Sri Lankan outfit which is "dangerous", in the second semi-final of the Champions Trophy here today.

Jayawardene and Sangakkara have been Sri Lanka's most prolific and dependable batsmen for many years. But Dhoni doesn't believe on focusing just on the duo as he feels the whole team is a "dangerous side".

Sri Lanka are 'dangerous side': Dhoni

"I think they are a dangerous side, so we shouldn't just concentrate on two individuals (Jayawardene and Sangakkara)," said Dhoni on Wednesday (June 19).

"I think overall if you see their first seven batsmen all of them are very dangerous, so I think we'll concentrate on all of them rather than thinking about the two individuals. But yes, they are someone who have done really well for Sri Lanka, very well they have played, so we have to be aware of the fact, but still we need to prepare also for the whole team," he added.

Former captains Jayawardene and Sangakkara were instrumental in winning Sri Lanka two games. Sangakkara hit a century against England in 7-wicket victory while Jayawardene's unbeaten half century was the highlight in 20-run triumph over Australia in the Group stage.

India and Sri Lanka have met many times in the last 5 years including the 2011 World Cup final. But knowing each other will help both sides, feels Dhoni.

"Well, I think it works the same for both the sides. If we say we find it easier, then it would be the same for Sri Lanka. It's just that, yes, we play quite often; either we go to Sri Lanka or they come to India, and we have Asia Cup, also, where the teams keep on playing against each other.

"I think it gives a basic idea of what the strengths and weaknesses of each and every individual is as far as the bowlers are concerned or the batsmen, they are concerned. I think it helps both the sides to prepare themselves really well, and you can cut off those extra 15 minutes of time that you spend in a team meeting and keep it very small," explained Dhoni.


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