India will not be distracted by all the off-field issues, says Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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“A lot of things happen around cricket but you have to be focused when you are representing your country”

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced that his side will not be distracted by all the ongoing off-field issues ahead of their highly-anticipated match against Australia.

The off-field issues Dhoni was referring to is the Supreme Court’s investigation into the match-fixing scandal that took place during last year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).

“A lot of things happen around cricket but you have to be focused when you are representing your country,” Dhoni said. “That is one thing that this team has done really well.

“We do not really discuss all that because one of the facts is you are supposed to play well. That is what the criteria is.”

Dhoni added that India have been so dominant in the World Twenty20 since they are very accustomed to playing on spin-friendly pitches.

“We play in the subcontinent quite a [lot], so we’ve had the right kind of exposure,” he said. “We knew the kind of problems we could face when it comes to bowling and batting and we had to work on that. Once you know the problem area, you can work on it.”

Meanwhile, Australia skipper George Bailey admitted that his team are highly likely to be eliminated from the tournament.

“When we looked at the start of the tournament we thought you could probably afford to lose one, but I’m not sure you can afford to lose two,” he said. “We’ve lost two tight games but it’s not as though we’ve been knocked over for 120. We’ve just lost two close games in a tournament where you can’t afford to lose two close games.”

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