Mumbai, Feb 01(Agencies): With just 18 days left to the ICC World Cup 2011, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni warned that their team could not be considered as the ‘underdogs’ of the tournament.

“We won’t be considered as underdogs this time. The team has learnt to perform under pressure and we have done so in the past three years. We have changed the meaning of pressure to responsibility” Indian skipper said.

With over a billion people hoping that Dhoni & co. perform well at this edition of the WC slated to begin on February 19, all eyes will be on the team’s overall performance who have the advantage of playing at home conditions.

Teams have earlier criticised that the tournament schedule was too spaced out, but Dhoni was quick to remark that the schedule is not in the players hands and each team needs to just focus on their game since it’s a big event.

 “Cricket is the biggest sport in India and we are looking at the tournament in a positive way. We are just going to stick to our basics and hope that we do well. We definitely have the potential,” said Dhoni.

When asked about the possible reactions from the Indian fans if the team fails to perform this time around, a calm skipper said, “We are not thinking about what may happen because those things are beyond our control. There is a lot of cricket ahead of us and we are going to take each game in the right frame of mind. We hope that we can do well at the tournament.”