MS Dhoni backs Piyush Chawla

Zeecric Bureau

Bangalore: Indian team captain MS Dhoni on Wednesday backed up his batsmen and spinner Piyush Chawla ahead of the upcoming World Cup. “No doubt of Chawla’s abilities,” Dhoni told reporters adding that the current form of the batsmen was not a big threat.

“We have two practise games so preparation won’t be affected. Batsmen’s form will not be a concern for us in the World Cup. We will work on specific areas in the Bangalore Camp,” Dhoni said upon being quizzed about lack of time for preparation and other issues.

Meanwhile, Piyush Chawla has slammed critics saying “I am not bothered about the criticism of my capabilities.”

On talking about the pressure on the hosts, Dhoni had yesterday said, "We take pressure as an added responsibility. We will stick to the basics and prepare well. We have the potential to do well in the tournament. For a change we will not be the underdogs."

The Ranchi-born wicket-keeper batsman had, however, refused to predict whether India will go on and regain the coveted crown after a gap of 28 years.

"I never predict what will happen in cricket. We believe in each other and we believe in the process. We will take each game in the right frame of mind," said Dhoni ahead of India`s campaign in the February 19-April 2 showpiece event.

Dhoni brushed aside concerns about India`s opening match against co-hosts Bangladesh in Dhaka after what had happened in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies when the Rahul Dravid-led side got knocked out following a shock defeat at the hands of their eastern neighbours.

"The past is past. I am more optimistic than you," he said referring to the lung-opener against Bangladesh on February 19.

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