CHENNAI, July 17 (PTI): Set to embark on a short tour of Sri Lanka, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said that it was important for his team to begin the new season on a good note by performing well in the limited overs series.
Dhoni said that a good series against Sri Lanka would also be a confidence booster for the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in September-October in the same country. India play five one-dayers and one-off Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka starting July 21.
�It�s hectic schedule but as professionals we have to maintain our standard. We will play in different venues and travelling will also be there. It�s the start of the season and we want to start it on a good note,� Dhoni told reporters ahead of the team�s departure tomorrow. �Sri Lanka is not a new place for us. We have played series there at least once each year and even twice in a year. Acclimatising to conditions will not be difficult,� he said.
�This Sri Lanka series is good for us. We have to come back in Sri Lanka again for the Twenty20 World Cup. It will help us,� he added. Asked to comment on the role of a captain in improving performance, Dhoni said, �I don�t want to name an international team. But if you are made captain of Alaska team it will be very difficult to win matches. A captain�s job is to channelise the resources. The individual reactions are also important.�