Birmingham: Straight after a photo shoot with Alastair Cook, Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked in nine feet tall in his pre-final media conference at the Edgbaston media centre here on Saturday afternoon. With an unshaven face, the Indian skipper sported a broad grin and showed no signs of pressure before the final of a major tournament.
Winning is such a galvanizing factor. This Indian team at the Champions Trophy has done no wrong and whatever Dhoni touches is turning into gold. Supremely confident, Dhoni handles the media on his own terms. He hooks, he pulls and even switch hits questions. The "one-question-per-person" media code of conduct often sees incomplete answers and transcripts haven't always helped. (Read preview)
Many of Dhoni's answers in Saturday's press conference were difficult to fathom. Especially, one on England's poor record in ODI finals of global events and another one on whether the 1983 World Cup win at Lord's in the month of June inspires Team India.