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KINGSTON, 28 JUNE: It had not even been a week since India won the Champions Trophy but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (in photo) said the team were done with the celebrations and firmly focussed on the tri-series against the West Indies and Sri Lanka starting here today.
“The demands remain the same. The expectation, when it comes to the Indian cricket team, has always been the same,” Dhoni said at the launch of the Celkon Mobile Cup here.
“If it’s moving, it only moves in one direction – it goes up. It doesn’t matter whether we have won the last series or lost or what has happened on the field,” he explained.
India play the West Indies in their first game at Sabina Park here on Sunday.
Dhoni attributed the team’s recent success to a friendly dressing room atmosphere where the players “enjoy each other’s success.”
The Champions Trophy triumph in England means India, the numero uno side in the International Cricket Council’s rankings, now hold both the major One-Day Internationals titles following their victory in the World Cup on home soil two years ago.
And Dhoni said he was lucky to have players at his disposal who were not afraid of pressure.
“I’m fortunate to have players in the side who really soak up the pressure,” he said, adding: “What we have done really well is we have enjoyed each other’s success and that has really contributed to the side winning most of the games.
If I’m happier than the person who has actually scored a century or a fifty, you understand that’s the kind of atmosphere that you want, because at the end of the day, what we play is a team sport.”
Dhoni said there was fierce competition for places in the Indian team but it had never spilled over into personal rivalries.
“It’s important that the guys sitting out wait for their chances and not think that if this guy does badly I will get a chance. They can use that period to improve themselves,” he said. “We have been able to create that kind of an atmosphere and it’s really reflected in the performances that we have given.”