Dhoni wants to do a Kapil Dev at Lord’sJune 24th, 2008 - 7:47 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 24 (IANS) Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants his Dazzlers to emulate Kapil’s Devils at Lord’s next year by holding the Twenty20 World Cup aloft a la the 1983 champions who are now celebrating the silver jubilee of their historic triumph. Dhoni said he would like to become the first India captain after Kapil Dev in 1983 to lift a trophy at Lord’s.
“I would love to do that. It’s the team that makes a good captain and I would like to distribute the pressure and responsibility around the whole team. It would be a dream to lift the trophy at Lord’s..,” Dhoni said a day before tickets are to go on sale here for the championship
Dhoni said his team will carry a lot of expectations of the people in India as his team are the defending champions.
“For us, of course, the last year’s world championship in South Africa was memorable and it was a great feeling to lift that trophy. We had gone into it as underdogs — no one really expected us to win it as we had barely played one Twenty20 International match before the tournament.”
“It was a great tournament and one of the things I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Dhoni said they would be looking for support from the large Indian community in England.
“We are lucky because it seems wherever we go we get a lot of support. In South Africa last year, especially in Durban, there were crowds of India supporters and I know that there is a huge Indian community in England too.”
England captain Paul Collingwood said he was looking forward to what should be a thrilling tournament.
“Already, Twenty20 cricket is massive. It’s great to play in it and from a player’s point of view it is obviously a shortened form of the game but it is very intense and every single ball matters.”