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MS prefers to carry on

MS prefers to carry on

Mail Today, New Delhi

With the 2015 World Cup a little over a year away, Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that it won't be the right decision to stop playing any format at this point.
Knowing that the new skipper, in case he were to retire from one of formats, won't have much time to get accustomed to the role, the India captain on Monday said that he is keen on continuing to lead in all three formats.
"I did say in Australia in 2012 that I would like to step down from one of the formats if I have to see through the 2015 World Cup. But now I feel that the body is holding [up] fine.
"The current time frame is such that it won't give the new captain the ideal time to play at least 70-80 games prior to the World Cup," Dhoni said at an event organised by Ashok Leyland.
With the amount of cricket being played nowadays having increased manifold, Dhoni did not set a time frame for his retirement and emphasised that he'll listen to the call of his body.
"The body is closely knit together. I can't predict what is going to happen in future but so far the going has been good," he said.
The challenging New Zealand tour starts in just a few days and Dhoni admitted that the bowlers need to pull up their socks to get 20 wickets.
"Our bowlers have the potential to bowl the opposition out twice. They have performed well on helpful wickets but outside India, at times, we get wickets where the bowlers have to hit the deck hard and our bowlers haven't been able to do that. That's one area where we have to learn."
He, however, sounded positive about the future, stating that the bowlers at his disposal have the potential to run through the opposition line-up in Test matches.
"Looking at the lot of bowlers that we have got, definitely it seems that they have the potential to take 20 wickets in Test matches," he said.
On the recently concluded tour of South Africa, where the Indians lost both the ODI and Test series, Dhoni said that they haven't played to their potential on overseas tours and one bad session in Durban cost them the Test series.
"We have had some tough times overseas. In the South Africa series, one bad session in Durban proved costly for us. We could have had a far worse series than the one we had," he said.


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