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first_img(REOPENS FGN 24) (REOPENS FGN 24) Maintaining that “rankings never mattered” to him, Dhoni said his focus will be on performance as always. “I have been asked this question many times and my answer is not going to change. It is the performance that takes care of the rankings.” The man, who has won many a matches for India in tough situations, feels that it is important for the youngsters to learn playing under pressure. “I feel how you handle pressure is more important than the talent aspect. That ultimately depends on the individual and his character. The more he plays the better he gets,” Dhoni gave his observation. Since there will be a few rookies, the skippers advice for them is to rise to the challenge thrown at them. “We also have a side where we have to feature a few debutants at some point during the series. It will be very important for them to accept it as a challenge, because Australia is a place where you get good competitive cricket. I feel that actually helps you gain experience and it will be a win-win scenario for both the teams while going through this phase,” he added. He admitted that the team does not know much about Aussie newcomers Joel Paris and Scot Boland but was all praise for countrys cricketing structure that produces quality players. “Australian domestic cricket quality is very high, which means the players who come up have already got good exposure playing against people who are playing or have played international cricket. I feel that way Australian cricket is blessed,” said Dhoni. With the Big Bash League on, the Indian skipper was asked of his plans to play in the fast-growing T20 league here in Australia but his answer was a borderline No. “Well, its very difficult for me to say. It depends on when I retire, and if Im in a position to play cricket because the quality of cricket in Big Bash is high. “It depends on the physical fitness and the will to carry on, because if youre part of the Indian cricket team for 10-15 years sometimes you feel youve played too much cricket. So, well have to wait and watch,” Dhoni signed off. PTI CN KHS PM KHSadvertisementlast_img

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