MS Dhoni’s ‘great speech’ to Team India after Australia whitewash: ‘Don’t slip from here’

The T20 series was significant for India captain MS Dhoni and the team after the 4-1 loss in the ODI series earlier.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Sydney | Updated: February 3, 2016 1:06 pm
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MINUTES AFTER India blanked Australia for the first time in their backyard and topped the world T20 rankings, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni delivered a “great speech” in the dressing room, urging the team to “carry the same momentum” in the games leading to the T20 World Cup next month. (REPORT: India win thriller)

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“Post match, he gave a great speech, a motivational speech which lasted for more than 20 minutes,” a source told The Indian Express.

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“He stressed on the importance of this series win and that India has never played cricket like this against Australia at their home. He said the batsmen have been on a great run and that everybody should know the importance of a whitewash. It was the first time many of them have seen such success and Dhoni wanted them to understand the significance of this series win,” said the source.

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Dhoni stressed on building momentum from the 3-0 series win. “He told everyone that India should now take the advantage of the form into the coming series ? three T20s against Sri Lanka at home and the Asia Cup in Bangladesh. He doesn’t want the team to slip from here. He stressed that players should retain the same confidence in the next series. He wants to carry the same momentum,” said the source.

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The T20 series was significant for Dhoni and the team after the 4-1 loss in the ODI series earlier, where his bowlers let him down and his form came under scrutiny. But the reversal of fortunes after the fourth ODI appears to have silenced Dhoni’s critics for the time being.

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Team director Ravi Shastri, too, chipped in with a small speech, where he complimented the ‘tigerish’ spirit of the players.

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“He told them that none of the past players, not even the greats of Indian cricket, could achieve what they have. He said that India played a hard brand of cricket against Australia and the team gave back in the language Australians understood. Shastri said that India has never played such cricket before and it will leave a great mark on world cricket. He said India was always looked upon as a team that did well in the sub-continent, but this team will change the mindset,” the source said.

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    ANU
    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:29 am
    congrates thala dhoni
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      Vedic Rashtra
      Feb 1, 2016 at 7:30 am
      The "Maratha of Baramati" is responsible for this win, otherwise who will bet huge on T20 World Cup. He has to keep up his hold on the game.
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        Raghu Panjala
        Feb 1, 2016 at 8:14 am
        Dhoni has to perform well in batting. His batting is very poor, doesnt fit that of captain.Shame on him!!!
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            n k
            Feb 2, 2016 at 1:49 am
            As long as, Team India plays AS TEAM.. Stick-to-Eachother in any Format of the game.. NOBODY on earth can beat them.. The got a good calibre
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              onebookend
              Feb 1, 2016 at 10:08 am
              Indians specialize in self criticism much too much. Not to improve but so that no one can say they were wrong. The tendency to be overly self critical denies them the joys of the moment and a sense of achievement and to go on to higher levels of success. The current Team is beating and establishing newer records. Indian Cricket has come a long way and must be enjo. Other teams will attempt higher levels too. Dhoni has been an exceptional player. He carries three responsibilities, something that most players don't have. Those who have problems with him should not watch him play when he is on the field, as the keeper and batsman as well.
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                rajan luthra
                Feb 1, 2016 at 6:20 am
                Do not be jumping jacks. One swallow does not make a summer. We must applaud this victory yet not lose sight of Australia's professional approach. They are experimenting with a bunch of youngsters to prepare themselves for the W.C. battles ahead, Good to be in high spirit but time to not go overboard. Jaspreet has been the find of this tour but he must be guided on ways to handle this sudden success.
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                  Sachin Dhoni
                  Feb 1, 2016 at 9:38 am
                  Dhoni pla just 15 to 20 balls in those matches. he wanted 2 his team win. He just use those some balls 2 increase team score. He will come hard
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