The Indian cricket team is definitely flying high. And flying high for sure they are in the Twenty20 format of late after series winning performances in Australia and against Sri Lanka at home. In fact, they are doing so well that captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels the team is right now on ‘auto-pilot’ mode.
“Overall it looks like a very balanced squad and in any eventuality we have replacements (in the squad). The good thing is that we started playing T20s in Australia and continuing from there, we now have a platform and our game has reached an auto-pilot mode. We have to keep injuries away and there could be 1-2 changes depending on the wicket,” Dhoni told the media on Friday.
More importantly for all his fans, there is no retirement from limited-overs cricket in sight for Dhoni. There were rumours about how Dhoni could call time on his remaining international career from the ODIs and T20Is after the culmination of the ICC World Twenty20 that finishes on April 3, 2016. Dhoni has put cold water on those talks and is looking forward to play cricket beyond the T20 World Cup.
“After the Asia Cup T20 and World T20 there is the Indian Premier League. And then the team is mostly playing Test cricket and about five to six ODIs, which will be over quickly,” he added. However, with Dhoni nothing is for certain as the world found out with his sudden decision to quit Test cricket midway through a series in Australia in December 2014 in a bid to prolong his ODI and T20 career.
India plays Pakistan once in February during the Asia Cup T20 on February 27, and once again on March 19 during the World T20 but Dhoni isn’t over enthusiastic about the prospect and urged his team to play within the set guidelines of the game.
“It is obvious that the Pakistan side will be a bit different as some of the players they have are new. So it is a different Pakistan team. We will play them in the Asia Cup and World Twenty20, we will have to abide the rules and regulations and also the spirit of the game. When we talk about aggressive cricket, I don’t think the Indian cricket team is behind any other team in the world. We don’t negotiate on that point. But we know what are the guidelines that need to be followed,” he said.
Surely, India are on auto-pilot mode and they have a trusted captain in Dhoni to take the high-flying team to newer heights. India open their Asia Cup T20 campaign against Bangladesh on Wednesday.
With IANS inputs