Dhoni admits pressure is on
Mahendra Singh Dhoni admits there is added pressure on India as they prepare to meet the Windies.
Last Updated: 13/06/09 10:04am
Mahendra Singh Dhoni admits there is added pressure on India in the Super Eights, as they prepare to meet Chris Gayle and the West Indies.
Defending champions India qualified top of ICC World Twenty20 Group A by virtue of their wins over Bangladesh and Ireland.
But they face an altogether different prospect against the Windies on Thursday, with explosive opener Gayle having hit a match-winning 88 to help knockout Australia.
Having witnessed Gayle's qualities on numerous occasions in international cricket and the Indian Premier League, Dhoni concedes he is a hard player to captain against.
"You don't have to plan too many things against him because you can't have fielders outside the field," Dhoni quipped.
"He is a big six-hitter, who always fancies his chances and takes a risk. You have to keep bowling in the right areas, hope he makes a mistake and cash in on that.
"In this format if someone like him has a very good day, you can be on the losing side - but we have got similar players in our side."
The Indians have lost their own big-hitting opener Virender Sehwag to injury, meanwhile, and the skipper of the tournament favourites is feeling extra weight on his shoulders.
"We are giving our all and trying to perform to our potential," he added. "Of course, we can plan a bit better and what happens in a crucial game is that there is a bit more pressure on you. You have to cope with that in a better way."
India are likely to stick with the same XI that defeated Ireland, with spin duo Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha primed for a prominent role.