New Delhi, April 27 (ANI): Having triumphed at the Indian Premier League tournament by lifting the winner's trophy and headed to West Indies for the T20 World Cup, Team India skipper M.S. Dhoni said cricket deserves to be kept clean, anyone found indulged in match-fixing should be punished.
In an interview to NDTV, Dhoni talked about various aspects related to cricket and also his experience during the just concluded Indian Premier League tournament.
Speaking about the match-fixing allegations against cricketers, Dhoni said : "Match fixing is worse (sic) allegation against a cricketer...anyone involved should be punished. Cricket should be clean,"
While mentioning about his personal experience of IPL-III and his team owner N.Srinivasan's faith in Vastu, Dhoni said: "Srinivasan's Vaastu has been good...nothing bad. Every franchise is doing little things. It is subtle...most cricketers are superstitious. No wild predictions like was made in 2007."
Talking about the controversies that the IPL has been mired in, Dhoni hoped that things would be sorted out in time for Season 4: "Lalit was part of it for three seasons...there were quite a few allegations...it's up to the authorities to see what has happened. They will come up with something that's good for everyone...before next IPL we have one year, let's hope for the best," Dhoni said.
Asked if IPL could survive the controversy? "Yes", said the Indian Skipper, "IPL as a brand can survive on its own. But you have to come up with some innovative ideas every time to make it better. No individual but few brains will work together to pull off sensational ideas."
Dhoni described his meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala as a "very special moment." "May be because of Dalai Lama's blessings we won the finals. Of course, and because of the way the team played," he said
The Indian Skipper believes that in the West Indies, "If we don't look at the sun, we will be fine." No, that is not from an astrologer's list of do's and don'ts but more about adjusting the body clock to a different time zone many miles away from home.
Talking about teammate Yuvraj's injury and reported out-of-form, Dhoni hoped Yuvraj Singh will regain confidence in time for the tournament, as he said: "Cricket is a game. You will be low on confidence more than two times a season. A little nervousness is good. Yuvraj loves challenges, he is a player for the big stage."(ANI)