ADELAIDE: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hoped Sunday’s World Cup win over Pakistan will serve as a “benchmark” for his team, but refused to gloat over the unbeaten tournament record against their arch-rivals.
“This was a complete game and should serve as a benchmark for the rest of the tournament,” Dhoni said after the defending champions’ emphatic 76-run win in their opening Pool B encounter at the Adelaide Oval.
“We will play tougher sides in the tournament where we need to replicate this performance.”
Dhoni, however, declined to read too much into the 6-0 tournament record against Pakistan and reminded reporters of their rivals’ superior overall one-day record (72-51).
“But a time will come when we will lose to them. This record won’t stay for the rest of our lives.”
“We should not forget that Pakistan has a better overall record than us. They are a fantastic side and it is never easy to beat them.”