Dhoni eases pressure of team-mates ahead of WC selection

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Johannesburg, Jan 14 (PTI) The team''s performance intomorrow''s second one-dayer against South Africa here wouldnot be the deciding factor in selecting the players for theupcoming World Cup, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni saidtoday.

The selectors will handpick India''s final 15-man squadfor the World Cup on January 17 in Chennai and tomorrow''s ODIin the ongoing five-match series is the last chance for theplayers to impress upon the selection committee.

But Dhoni said it is the players consistency which wouldbe looked at while preparing the final list.

"Not really, as not just one performance will matter.

Guys who have worked hard for the last year-and-a-half theymay get a chance. So here at Wanderers we will try to fieldthe best possible playing eleven," the Indian skipper said.

"I think for the World Cup, fight is on for just one ortwo position as rest of the players will choose themselves.

Basically, it is up to the selectors. Here in South Africa wewill try and give chance to as many players as possible toplay in the final eleven," Dhoni said at the pre-match pressconference.

The Indian captain also informed that pacer S Sreesanth,who missed the first ODI due to a mild tennis elbow, wasavailable for selection tomorrow.

After a complete flop show in the first ODI, where theylost by a humiliating 135 runs to South Africa, Dhoni askedhis boys not to let go opportunities tomorrow.

"Main thing will be to go on the field with positiveintent. Being selective will be crucial but you have to scoreruns on bad balls. You cannot just try to survive by scoringjust two or three runs per over. Of course there will besomething for the fast bowlers especially if you are bowlingunder lights," he said.

The wicket-keeper batsman said he was not thinking aboutthe weather and toss ahead of the match.

"Weather and toss is beyond your control. We will keep aneye on the forecast but about toss we have no control. We haveto look at what is the weather at 2.30pm tomorrow. We shouldnot think too much if we lose the toss.

"Giving your 100 per cent is more important. If you areletting your mind affect your thought process after losingtoss then you are not giving 100 per cent," Dhoni said.

"It doesn''t matter whether we have won or lost the firstmatch because we have to start from the scratch tomorrow. Wehave to play to our potential to win here," he added.

Dhoni also rebuffed suggestions that tough conditions ata high-altitude ground like the Wanderers would make lifetough for the Indian players.

"Ball travels really fast here. While fielding or evenwhile batting, ball will come to you a bit faster. But most ofus have played here so that should not be a problem," he said.

Story first published: Friday, January 14, 2011, 20:16 [IST]
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