Younis advises Dhoni to keep his cool

June 11th, 2009 - 11:50 pm ICT by IANS  

By Omar Khalid
London, June 11 (IANS) Pakistan cricket captain Younis Khan Thursday had a word of advice for his Indian counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni: “Keep your cool man.”

Asked to comment on Dhoni’s recent tussle with the Indian media during the World T20 tournamaent, Younis said that it would be great for Dhoni if he just focuses on his game and his team.

“I personally believe that nobody comes after you if you are playing well,” said Younis. “You should focus on your game and your team and forget about everything else,” he added.

Speaking at a press conference here at Lord’s ahead of his team’s Super Eights match against Sri Lanka, Younis said he has great expectations from his team.

“Sri Lanka are a good side. But it’s also a good chance for us because I believe that if we make the right things at the right time, we can beat them easily.”

The Pakistan captain is hoping that his players will be able to counter the threat posed by Sri Lanka’s spin duo of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis.

“We are used to the Sri Lankan spinners now,” said Younis, whose team bounced back from a crushing 48-run against England to beat the Dutch by 82 runs and qualify for the Super Eights.

“I hope the batsmen will play well against them (spinners). Because of cold conditions the ball might not break here at Lord’s. But that said, if you play your shots against a bowler like Mendis, there is always a chance that you might give away your wicket.”

Younis ruled out the inclusion of seasoned all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, saying that it would be difficult for the player to take the field against Sri Lanka after arriving here just before the Super Eights match.

“I don’t think it’s possible for him to come here after 16 or 17 hours of travel and then take part in the match right away.”

The Pakistan captain termed the inclusion of Razzaq as a great sign for his team and said he would include the all-rounder in the playing line-up as soon as he is ready.

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