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3 Takeaway points from India's series win against Sri Lanka

February 15, 2016 00:03 IST
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Barely few days left for the Asia Cup and the International Cricket Council World Twenty20, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said ‘consistent’ performances will give his side confidence going into big ticket tournaments.

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IMAGE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (left) and Hardik Pandya, centre, look at the series trophy. Photograph: BCCI

1. Dhoni feels his boys need to be expressive going into upcoming important assignments.

"I feel it was a very good game, important we restricted them to a decent total. Ashwin was the pick but he was well supported by the others. In between you will lose one or two games. We want to keep playing the way were playing. Consistency will give us the confidence," Dhoni said.

2. "We need to be expressive, the fans will put the pressure on us but we need to take it one game at a time," the skipper said when asked about their chances in the ICC World Twenty20 to be hosted at home turf.

3. Dhoni also said the experience of playing in the Indian Premier League has held them in good stead in the shortest format of the game.

"Eight seasons of IPL has given us the experience. Always good to have the conditions suiting you to an extent. Spinners can come into play here, which gives us the liberty to try out a few things," he said.

Man-of-the-match Ashwin said he is presently reaping the benefits of his hardwork.

"I hope this lasts forever. The ball is coming out pretty well. I've been working pretty hard, I want to contribute and attribute to the team rather than being a deficiency," he said.

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