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Important to see how individuals perform: Dhoni

Posted on Dec 24, 11:40PM | IBNS

India's beleaguered cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Monday said that his young team would focus on the short limited-overs series against Pakistan starting here Tuesday with a Twenty20 international.

"It will be important to see how individuals perform, what kind of a platform they give each other. The part-timers also need to contribute at the same time. Both teams are evenly placed and the team that plays better will win," he said.

"We have not set a target before the start of the match, but plan it after every five to six overs. Our first focus is to get off to a good start," Dhoni told reporters.

Dhoni said the drawn two-match T20 series against England have helped players gear up for Pakistan.

"T20 is slightly different. You have to be a bit unorthodox and try a few different things. It is different from the longer format. So I think, a few games will give us time to get into the groove and get out of it," he said.

"We have often seen in one of T20 games, sides use it as a warm-up game going into the series or entertainment at the end of the series. There are a few sides that have very different teams (for different formats).

"There are T20 specialists who play only T20 matches, but if it's a one-off game, they might not fly down those specialists. At least two games give some time to adjust to the format," Dhoni added.