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BCCI Staff in Mumbai 06 April 2014 - 03:10pm IST

MS Dhoni eyes third World Cup triumph

Captain Cool confident ahead of another grand finale

India captain MS Dhoni is one step away from his third World cup triumph. His journey as a captain has been a topsyturvy ride ever since he helped India lift the inaugural T20 World cup in 2007.

Triumphs, losses and controversies have been a part of his career till date, and describing his journey as a leader, he said, "Over the years that I have been the captain, I have seen almost everything. Good times, lean times, controversies, I have been through all. There is nothing really that I have not seen in cricket. There's hardly any good or bad in Indian cricket that happens without my name.”

Into his seventh year as India captain, MS Dhonisaid, it has been a learning curve for him all these years and he continues to be a student of the game. "It has been an interesting time, with ups and downs. It has taught me a lot and it's still a learning curve forme, and hopefully it will teach me many more in my coming life after cricket. I know there are certain things that are in my control. I look to move in that direction rather than thinking or living a thought that's beyond my control. And that has really helped me.”

When asked about handling pressure as India captain,he said that he liked to keep the pressures associated with his captaincy at the stadium. These are testing times for the team and a T20 World Cup victory under such circumstances should keep the team in good stead. India face Sri Lanka in the final and Dhoni was of the view thatbeing crowned champions was of utmost importance.

"It is important for us to play well and not think about the rest of the things. Winning the World Cup for the country is more important than thinking about the other stuff.”

India has won three major finals under Dhoni’s captaincy: the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. Will the 2014 T20 World Cup be added to that list? That will be answeredonly once the action unfolds on Sunday.

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