Monday 10 September 2007 

Dhoni Adamant That India Ready For Twenty20 WC

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has insisted that India are not fatigued after their long tour of England and are ready to attack the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup with fresh vigour.

Dhoni told reporters shortly after the Indian side arrived, "I don't think fatigue will have any impact on the team. The England tour was very tiring and exhausting but this is a World Cup and that brings excitement, freshness and confidence to the team."

Dhoni would not normally captain the side but with regular captains Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar opting not to take part in the tournament, Dhoni was handed the reins with Yuvraj Singh his deputy, despite the return of former vice-captain Virender Sehwag.

"I never even dreamed of playing for my country, so to captain India is a massive bonus. But I am not under any pressure because it is the team that must implement my decisions," Dhoni said.

"I only make the decisions and whether they are successful or not depends on the response of the whole playing eleven. I know it is a very big challenge to be captain but success is not just about the captain. Good captains are made by good teams."

India start their campaign against Scotland on Thursday night, a game which you can follow live on Cricket WorldĀ® Radio.