Dhoni calls for focus
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has called on India to forget their World Twenty20 triumph and concentrate on the one-day series with Australia.
Last Updated: 28/09/07 6:02pm
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has called on India to forget their World Twenty20 triumph and focus on the one-day series against Australia, which starts in Bangalore on Saturday.
Dhoni's men won the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa, beating Pakistan by five runs in the final last Monday.
But there has been little time for India to enjoy their success as they head straight into a seven-match one-day series against the 50-over world champions.
"There has not been much time to celebrate, we have to switch back on quickly," said Dhoni.
"It is difficult to get back to the one-day frame of mind from Twenty20. It is in the past and we are playing the (one-day) world champions now."
Batsmen Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly all return to India's squad after missing the World Twenty20.
And Dhoni is certain the experienced trio will be a valuable resource in his first 50-over series since succeeding Dravid as limited-overs skipper.
"It's a big advantage to have the three players, wherever you turn you can look for help," he added.
Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist has warned India that his side are fully prepared after being 'caught short' at the World Twenty20.
India beat Australia in the semi-finals of that tournament, but Gilchrist feels it will have little bearing on the upcoming one-dayers.
"We were probably caught short a little bit in the Twenty20," said Gilchrist, who will lead the side in the first match as Ricky Ponting has a hamstring injury.
"There is no excuse for us now. We've had plenty of time and we know the conditions well.
"Over the years we've shown that we have great depth. We'll be able to put out a team tomorrow that will be able to win the game."
India: (from) Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, Rohit Sharma, Ramesh Powar, Rudra Pratap Singh, Shantha Sreesanth, Sachin Tendulkar, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh
Australia: (from) Adam Gilchrist (captain), Stuart Clark, Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Matthew Hayden, Ben Hilfenhaus, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, James Hopes, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Andrew Symonds, Adam Voges