Melbourne: MS Dhoni, is a headline-writer's nightmare. He refuses to get drawn into any pre-series big talk, post-win boasting, or discussions about pressure. It's two days before the Boxing Day Test, the biggest event on Australia's cricket calendar, and you could sum up the state of mind he wants to project in one quote: "What's important is to live in the moment. You have to try to win more sessions than the opposition."
There have been comments from the opposition, players both current and retired, but he says, "We shall stick to what we need to do." Try asking if there is an extra significance to this series, coming as it does after the England debacle and in all likelihood being India's last away Tests for two years, and he says, "There is no point in taking extra pressure. We look to do well in every game, be it home or away. We look to keep it simple. Do small things well. We didn't do well in England of course but it's not about past or future. It's about the present."
Dhoni informs you that everyone is fit and available for selection, but immediately says there are two days to go and two days is a long time. Lest the headline uses the word "confident". Even the foreign journalists have stopped asking him about DRS, knowing they are not going to get anything new. Somebody asks him if the "favourites" tag means extra pressure, and he retorts, "Even when we were underdogs, you wanted us to be under pressure"