India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has reiterated that his team are detached from the rumblings of the IPL spot-fixing scandal. A day before India’s group match against the West Indies at the Oval,Dhoni spoke,among other things,about his ability to switch off amid the pressures of leading the Indian team. Excerpts:
On team’s refreshing performances,including two practice matches despite the controversy. Well,we don’t get to read any newspapers,so whatever is happening back home is happening back home. We are just really doing our practice sessions and we’re doing the best we can.
It’s the same wicket that was used in the last game. It has a bit of a grass covering,and it had a bit of bounce in the last game,so fast bowlers will get a bit of bounce,but since it’s a used wicket it may be that the spinners get a bit more turn compared to the last game.
He is one of those individuals that have a big impact on the game. It’s always good to get them out early. Our fast bowlers will have a fair chance in that they’ll have two new balls to get him out. Overcast condition may be a bit of help from the wicket. Yeah,it will be an interesting game because what’s important is to realise if you don’t get batsmen like Chris Gayle out,most likely he’ll take you out of the game.
I’ve always said being in the present really helps because it really takes off the things that’s not really in your control. If you talk about what’s happening right now,we are busy doing our practice session,we had a team activity yesterday,and we are quite busy doing all that stuff,because those are the things that are really in our control and will really help us improve our game. Being in the present really helps,and that’s something I think most of the individuals,they need to do.
I don’t think I said Ashwin is not a thinking bowler. What I said was he needs to keep up with the pace. You have to adapt very quickly according to who’s batting at what point in time and what his strengths are. So we have to be able to see that in him,but still,he has a long way to go,like each and every bowler.
I think with so many international cricketers playing in India,what has really happened is that we don’t see that ugly situation on the cricket field where we see a few international cricketers having a go at each other. It has really mellowed down,but still,they play hard and they play fair. I think that’s something that has really changed over the years,and I think it has changed for good. Still people love to have a go at each other,but they know at the end of the day they’ll be sharing some time with each other. So I think it has moved for the good of cricket.