Melbourne, March 19 (IANS) After winning their World Cup quarter-final against Bangladesh, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday said his team has to keep on repeating the right things to defend the title.
“We’ll have to keep repeating what we have been doing, as simple as that. You win a game, whatever you have done right, you have to keep repeating,” the skipper, who won his 100th One-Day International during the day, said at the post-match media conference.
Dhoni also said for him it was heartening to see all the players chipping in with contributions, thus making it a team effort.
“I think what’s important for us is we have scored runs in all the games, whether we have batted first or chased, and still, we don’t have our batsmen in the top five run scorers list for the World Cup, which means everybody has chipped in, everybody has contributed, which is a good position to be in, especially in the knockout stages,” said the 33-year-old.
The skipper looked impressed too with the bowling unit who have bowled out the opposition in seven consecutive matches.
He said the bowlers have actually tasted what it was like creating pressure on the batsman and that was what they have now put their belief in.
“It’s the general psyche of the Indian fast-bowlers, when they get a chance to bowl, they want to bowl everything in that spell of theirs, inswing, outswing, yorkers, everything.
“But now I feel what they have learned is the importance of just hitting the one area where you want to bowl, and keep hitting it and building up pressure and that actually creates that pressure where the batsman gets out.”
“I feel bowlers have really tasted it, and now they actually believe in that.”
“They are bowling at good pace, all of them are fit, and if they can keep hitting that one area, I think it will be good because that’s something where we have been lacking,” he said.