New Delhi: India's limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have regained his lost mojo ahead of the Asia Cup and ICC World T20, but few armchair critics still raised a finger when MSD didn't change his playing XI during the three-match T20I series against neighbors Sri Lanka.
However, one of the crucial cog's in Team India's T20I set-up, Suresh Raina backed his skipper on the issue and said that the team needs winning momentum ahead of major tournaments.
“In T20s, you need a winning momentum and need to just go with the flow. When we lost the first T20 match in Pune, there was no panic in the team because we knew that we would not encounter too many tracks like that.
“Ideally, you wouldn't like to lose any match in the build-up to a big tournament like the World T20 because the players need to be in a good frame of mind,” said Raina.
Veteran player Harbhajan Singh hasn't played a single match since making a comeback in the Indian team.
The offie has been warming the bench since last six T20I matches. Besides, youngster Pawan Negi was also on the sidelines during entire series against Lanka and is still waiting to play his debut match.
On Bhajji, Raina said that the senior pro had a lot of experience under his belt.
“The players on the sidelines like Harbhajan Singh are very experienced and they know how to keep themselves match-fit.
India are set to participate in the Asia Cup, scheduled to take place in Bangladesh from February 24 to March 6, before taking part in World T20, starting from March 8 at home.