Dhoni unconcerned about lack of T20 practice prior to World T20

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“We have got the IPL where we have played with the best players and the standard there is as high as international standards so that really amounts to the experience we need”

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced that he is unconcerned that the national team have only played five Twenty20 Internationals since the 2012 World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

Despite the lack of match practice, Dhoni was confident that his side got enough preparation during last year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) and Champions League Twenty20.

“Most of the teams, if you see, don’t play a lot of T20s,” Dhoni said. “Especially with the kind of schedule we have, I don’t think we’ll be able to accommodate more than one or two T20s [per series]. That is something that I will always face.

“At the same time, we have got the IPL where we have played with the best players and the standard there is as high as international standards so that really amounts to the experience we need.”

Dhoni also admitted that India will have a tough time in the upcoming World Twenty20 in Bangladesh since they are in the same group as Pakistan, Australia and the West Indies, who are the defending champions.

“Our group is quite a competitive one so all the matches will be important,” Dhoni said. “Especially when you consider our performance in the last edition of the World T20 where we exited from the tournament after losing just one game. We have a couple of warm-up games before our first game so we’ll be looking towards using those warm-ups to sort out our team’s balance.”

Despite having lost their last two series against South Africa and New Zealand, Dhoni noted that India will make up for it in the World Twenty20.

“I think we have had to endure tough times recently but even in these situations it’s not like we hadn’t played good cricket,” he said. “If you look at our Test performances away from home since 2011 you will see that our displays haven’t been up to the mark. In the last two away series [against South Africa and New Zealand] we have shown that we have talent though we lost both the series. So I think we are on the way up, and that’s where you want to be. There is always pressure.”

When asked about the side strain that kept him out of the Asia Cup, Dhoni said: “For me, the positive side was to get a bit of rest. I was at home with no work. It was something that I would appreciate. You don’t want to get injured and miss a series. So overall, a good 10-12 days off.”

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