Dhoni - We can win again
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes his side have the flexibility needed to retain the World Twenty20.
Last Updated: 29/05/09 4:26pm
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes his side have the flexibility and experience needed to retain the World Twenty20.
The defending champions left for England on Friday ahead of their first Group A match against Bangladesh on June 6.
Dhoni is happy that India have enough options within the side to win games and has called on his players to now also deliver the consistency needed.
He said: "We are a side which really suits the T20 format.
"We have specialist bowlers and the best part is we have part-timers who have bowled really well for their respective franchisees in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
"They give us plenty of options and in this format they would be crucial because you have to keep changing your game plan.
"I'm happy with the kind of side I've got and the kind of potential there is in this side.
"In this format it's also important that you play consistently well right through because things can change very quickly.
"No team can be taken for granted. Any team can win and even beat the best of sides. It demands that you play to your full potential."
The Indian captain added his side have gleaned plenty of experience in handling tight situations from the Indian Premier League.
He said: "There is no pressure on. In this aspect the IPL has really helped because we have played more T20 games than most other players. We have the experience and the players are exposed to different scenarios while playing for their IPL teams.
"At some time or the other in the tournament, most of our players have been put under tremendous pressure.
"It has helped the youngsters in handling the pressure and in the T20 game its all about handling tight situations."
Zaheer Khan is expected to recover from a shoulder injury in time for the tournament.
The left-arm paceman sustained the problem while playing in the IPL but is on course to be fit for India's opening fixture.
"Zaheer is not 100 percent fit now, but I am hopeful he will be available for our first match," added Dhoni.