Weighed down by the pressure of expectations four years ago, the Indian squad crashed out of the World Cup at the preliminary stage itself but current captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is confident his team would handle the burden better in the upcoming mega-event.
“We take pressure as an added responsibility. We will stick to the basics and prepare well. We have the potential to do well in the tournament. For a change we will not be the underdogs,” said Dhoni at a promotional event in Mumbai.
The Ranchi-born wicket-keeper batsman, however, refused to predict whether India will go on and regain the coveted crown after a gap of 28 years.
“I never predict what will happen in cricket. We believe in each other and we believe in the process. We will take each game in the right frame of mind,” said Dhoni ahead of
India’s campaign in the Febrary 19-April 2 showpiece event.
Dhoni brushed aside concerns about
India’s opening match against co-hosts Bangladesh in Dhaka after what had happened in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies when the Rahul Dravid-led side got knocked out following a shock defeat at the hands of their eastern neighbours.
“The past is past. I am more optimistic than you,” he said referring to the lung-opener against
Bangladesh on February 19.
Dhoni refused to agree with
England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who criticised the World Cup schedule for long gaps between matches and preferred to look at it as an opportunity to recover from niggles and relax.