Maintaining intensity not about confronting rivals: Dhoni

Nagpur: With two unconvincing victories over weaker teams in the ongoing World Cup, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday said that there was no laxity among his players and intensity did not mean confronting with opposition batsmen.

Without taking paceman S Sreesanth`s name, Dhoni expressed strong dislikes about any bowler trying to confront opposition batsmen.

"The key to maintaining the intensity is about how one gets into the groove when they are playing against the better sides. The intensity is often mistaken as body language," Dhoni said while answering a question about how his side can maintain intensity in their endeavour to reach peak form.

"Intensity not about walking up to a batsman and saying things. Rather I believe that none of the batsmen really hear what all you say when you have 50,000 people present at the ground," he told reporters ahead of India`s World Cup league match against South Africa on Saturday.

It was a clear enough hint of Dhoni expressing dislike of Sreesanth trying unnecessary antics in order to intimidate a batsman.

The Indian captain had earlier stressed about how a player should never cross the line. Interestingly, it was against South Africa that Sreesanth got involved in a spat with rival captain Graeme Smith during a Test match in South Africa.

PTI