Dhoni dismisses advantage claim

  • Last Updated: April 6 2014, 12:04 BST

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has dismissed suggestions his side will take a psychological edge into Sunday's World Twenty20 final with Sri Lanka in Mirpur.

Dhoni and India take on Sri Lanka in the final
Dhoni and India take on Sri Lanka in the final

Dhoni's side are chasing a clean sweep of one-day titles, with the World Cup and Champions Trophy already to their name, while their opponents are out to end a desperate run in finals.

Sri Lanka have lost their last four finals in ICC competition, twice in the World Cup and twice in the World T20.

"In this format, I don't think psychological advantage really matters because the difference between the good sides is very narrow, the reason being it's such a short format," said Dhoni, whose side reached the final with a six-wicket win over South Africa.

"I feel it all boils down to how well you have played on that particular day and how the individuals respond to a particular situation.

"That will be crucial, it's not about what we have done in the past. I don't personally believe in stats, so it will be how we turn up on the field and if we can replicate what we have done in the tournament, then we have got a very good chance."

India chased down 172 to beat South Africa, seen home by Virat Kohli's unbeaten 72 with five balls remaining.

And Dhoni warned his side would have to remain calm again if they were to take the title against he team he described as "fantastic".

"I personally feel you have to keep emotions at bay," he said. "As human beings, we are all emotional, but when you are playing at a professional level it is very important that you have control over your emotions."

Sri Lanka ended West Indies' title defence in their semi-final, winning under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Sunday's clash will signal the end of an era with Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, two of their countries greatest players, due to play their final T20 international.

And Lasith Malinga is determined to give them a winning send-off.

"We all know that they are not just great Sri Lankan cricketers, but great cricketers," the quick said on www.icc-cricket.com.

"We all want to do our best for these two. It's a special day tomorrow and we have to do something special."


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