Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:37:39 GMT | By PTI

We want to start season on good note: Dhoni

Chennai: Set to embark on a short tour of Sri Lanka, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni 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.

We want to start season on good note: Dhoni

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.

Conditions are also not so different from India and 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.

"How the bowlers performed and how the batsmen build partnerships are important. Without a good team it's difficult to achieve success," said Dhoni.

Dhoni talked about the hectic schedule of the Indian players but said that as professionals they have to play to win each and every match.

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