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Hardly anything in Indian cricket happens without my name: MS Dhoni

Sunday, 6 April 2014 - 10:24am IST | Agency: DNA
Here are the excerpts from MS Dhoni's pre-match media conference in Dhaka on Saturday...

How different is the thought process compared to the 2007 World Twenty20?
Char din pehele ki baat yaad nahin reheti, aap saat saal pehele ki baat yaad karne bol rahe ho. (I can't recall what happened four days back ago, and you are asking me to talk about something that happened seven years ago). It's difficult to recall. I can say we (India and Pakistan) were excited. We are excited about this World Twenty20, too, and we hope this will be an exciting final.

You have been in numerous finals. What are the emotions?
Emotions are something, I personally feel, you have to keep at bay. As human beings, we are all emotional. But as a professional, it is very important that you have control over your emotions. I don't think it really plays as a factor because, over a period of time, each one has gone through a phase where they are playing a big Test match or a big tri-series final or some other game. They are quite well trained and have got the experience to control their emotions.

If you win, you could be the only skipper to hold all the big ICC trophies?
For us, what is important is doing well in the final. The other factors we don't really focus on because it is more important to win a World Cup for your country than focus on stats.

How did you learn to be so calm?
I don't think I was calm as a child. I'm someone who doesn't like losing much. When I was young, I had trouble controlling the emotions associated with defeat. Over a period of time, I have learnt how to control these emotions. I'm a believer in the fact that your emotions are yours only and hence you should be the one who knows how to control it.

How do you assess Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka are a very good side. They have got a fantastic team. They have got the spinners that are needed on a track like this. At the same time, they have got experienced players and youngsters. Mahela (Jayawardene) is there, (Kumar) Sangakkara is there. They have got some exciting youngsters along with (Lasith) Malinga and Angelo Mathews, who is batting really well. Overall, they look like a very good side.

Take us through your journey as captain of Indian team…
I leave it (the job and the pressures that go with it) at the stadium because that's the best that I can do. Over the years, I have seen almost everything. I have seen India perform at its best and, at the same time, the team has had go through a lean patch. Controversies are big part of Indian cricket and I have been through all it. There's hardly anything good or bad in Indian cricket that happens without my name. We have to go through everything but the good thing is we have to concentrate on the process. I know there are certain things that are in my control. I look to move in that direction rather than thinking or living a thought that's beyond my control and that has really helped me. It's been an interesting time, ups and downs. It has taught me a lot and it's still a learning curve for me and, hopefully, it will teach me many more things in my life after cricket.

What does Virat Kohli mean to the team?
Virat is somebody who is very different if you compare him to someone like a Rohit Sharma or a Yuvraj Singh or a Suresh Raina. You see individuals, if they get five games, they will say, 'Had I got two more games, I would have done something'. But you see Virat, the very first game he gets an opportunity, he grabs it with both hands. He is somebody who wants to improve with each and every game.




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