Keeping myself shut off from criticism has helped, says MS Dhoni after victory

Dhoni attributed the Test win to team effort and said it was all about executing the plans. Dhoni also disclosed that he batted according to a plan to play some big shots initially so that the extra-catching fielder near him was removed.

updated: February 26, 2013 16:43 IST
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Chennai: Under attack till very recently for India's dismal shows, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni reckons that keeping himself shut off from all the criticism that came his way has helped him concentrate on his performance.

Dhoni, who smashed a game-changing 224 to play a big part in India's eight-wicket victory in the first Test against Australia, said he had not changed his playing style despite the criticism.

Asked about the pressure on him due to recent failures of the Indian team and effect of criticism on his performance, Dhoni said he mostly tried to keep himself aloof.

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