"I think it's very important to back players. It does not matter whether he is the captain of the side or a batsman or a bowler," Dhoni said at his first press conference after arriving in England.
     
With an aim to bury the ghosts of a disastrous tour of 2011, a new-look Indian cricket team would be eyeing a positive start to their two-and-a-half-month long tour of England when they take on Leicestershire in a three-day practice game starting on Thursday.
     
Asked about his opposite number Alastair Cook whose poor form played a major role in England's first Test series defeat to Sri Lanka on home soil, Dhoni said he expected the home side to back the beleaguered captain.
     
Cook, who played a major role in England's 4-0 rout of India in 2011, was out of sorts against Sri Lanka.
     
"A bad phase is something that every player goes through and you just need to back players at the right point because when you are getting those big hundreds and two-hundreds then everybody will be on your side," said Dhoni.

(Agencies)

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