"We won't enter the game [WT20 match vs India on March 21] with the mindset that we won in the Asia Cup because Dhoni was not there," the Pakistan skipper said. (Getty Images)
Pakistan's T20 skipper initiated the mind games ahead of mouth-watering 'Super 10' opener against India in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
MS Dhoni wasn't part of the India squad that played the Asia Cup and lost to a Shahid Afridi-inspired Pakistan in the final over. But the India skipper returned for the ICC World Twenty20, adding strength to the Indian batting line-up that sorely missed a finisher in the Asia Cup.
However, Hafeez set the tone for the high-voltage clash saying that Dhoni's return doesn't make a difference. "The absence of any one individual or his return to the side doesn't make that much difference," Hafeez said during a media conference in Dhaka.
"Yes, MS Dhoni's leadership and return is a key factor as he has done well, but we won't enter the game with the mindset that we won in the Asia Cup because he was not there," the Pakistan skipper added.
Along with Dhoni, India recalled their 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh and T20 specialist Suresh Raina to the squad that relies on its batting for success in Bangladesh after failing to make it to the semis of the tournament that they won in 2007.
India will meet Pakistan on March 21 (7 p.m. IST) in the first match of the Super 10 stage. The current ODI champions are placed alongside 2009 winners Pakistan, defending champions West Indies, Australia and a yet-to-be-determined Qualifier in Group 2.