India-Eng encounter: Litmus test for Dhoni

Updated: 19 September 2007 14:54 IST

MS Dhoni's side will take on England in a must-win Twenty20 World Championship Super 8s game at Kingsmead.

India-Eng encounter: Litmus test for Dhoni
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Durban:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the newly-appointed ODI skipper, faces a litmus test on Wednesday.

India will take on England in a must-win Twenty20 World Championship Super 8's game at Kingsmead.

The wicket-keeper batsman says he's already feeling the pressure. "I just hope the smile remains, but I don't know how I will react to it. As long the team wins, you win, no one bothers you. So the main thing, the motto, should be to win every match," says Dhoni.

His new website has started getting the hits already, but his fans have missed his signature style so far in the tournament.

Under pressure

What puts more pressure on the skipper is the fact that he is arguably the team's best finisher, but hasn't managed to seal a victory in two attempts in this tournament so far.

India will take one step towards the semi-final berth if they beat England who have nothing to lose after two straight defeats.

"It's a shame we've lost so many games, but we're still in it mathematically. And we're gonna give it a good go," said Paul Collingwood, Captain, England Twenty20 Team.

Spare a thought for MS Dhoni. There isn't any time for him to celebrate his appointment as the new Indian ODI Captain.

For the time being, his acid test will lie in motivating his young charges to win the next game against England.

The game is now a do-or-die encounter, and unless India's batting and bowling click together on Wednesday, Dhoni and his teammates may as well start packing their bags.

Topics : Cricket MS Dhoni
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