Dhoni wants to replicate Kapil's feat

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni holds a dream to replicate Kapil Dev's feat of lifting a World Cup trophy at the Lord's.

updated: June 28, 2008 09:46 IST
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India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni holds a dream to replicate Kapil Dev's feat of lifting a World Cup trophy at the Lord's -- the home of cricket, but said his team would only be able to retain the World Twenty20 Trophy next year with an all-round team effort like that of 1983.

"Of course, I would love to do that but it's the team that makes a good captain and I like to distribute the pressure and responsibility around the whole team," Dhoni said as ICC announced that it will set the ball rolling for next year's second World Twenty20 championships on June 30 by opening the ticket sales.

"It would be a dream to lift the trophy at Lord's but I don't want to look that far ahead and if it does happen it would be an all-round team effort," he was quoted as saying by an ICC release issued here today.

Kapil had led India to ODI World Cup win by thrashing mighty West Indies on June 25, 1983, a feat which remains unmatched in Indian cricket till date.

The 26-year-old Indian captain said his team was lucky that it was cheered and motivated to do well by the crowds wherever it played in the world.

"We're lucky because it seems wherever we go we get a lot of support. In South Africa last year, especially in Durban, there were crowds of India supporters and I know that there is a huge Indian community in England too," he said.

A young Indian team eat Pakistan in a thrilling final to win the inaugural edition of the event last year. "For us, of course, last year was a memorable tournament and it was a great feeling to lift that trophy. We had gone into it as underdogs no one really expected us to win it as we had only ever played one Twenty20 International before," Dhoni said.

"It was a great tournament and a sweet moment when we won. It is one of the things I will cherish for the rest of my life."

He also highlighted that simultaneous staging of a women's event in the country would help the ladies' sports.

"One of the things that I like about the World Twenty20 in England next year is that it will also feature a women's tournament running alongside it. It's important for the development of the womens game that it gets exposure and by holding the two events at the same time it will give it that extra boost," said Dhoni.

Some of the world's other top players have also given their support to the ICC World Twenty20 event.

On the day details of ticket availability were announced, England captain Paul Collingwood said he was already looking forward to what should be a thrilling tournament.

"It's going to be great. Already Twenty20 cricket is massive. It's great to play in and from a player's point of view it is obviously a shortened form of the game but it is very intense and every single ball matters."

Collingwood's hard-hitting team-mate Kevin Pietersen added: "I think what it's going to do is capture the world. I now it has captured a lot of the world now and I think that it is a game that can go worldwide into America. It's exciting to be playing cricket right now."