Champions Trophy 2013 May 30, 2013

IPL not compromising India's success - Dhoni

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MS Dhoni has insisted the IPL is not compromising the success of the India team. While the Twenty20 league has brought huge financial benefits to Indian cricket, the on-field benefits are less obvious. But while Dhoni accepted that India's record in international series following previous IPL seasons was modest, he felt the positives of the league far out-weighed the negatives.

With the IPL having only finished on May 26, India's arrival in England was delayed until May 29. While several other sides have enjoyed greater preparation time in English conditions - Pakistan have played Ireland and South Africa are playing Netherlands - India have time for only two warm-up games and have experienced only T20 cricket in very different conditions since their last ODI in January. And with the English summer living down to its reputation - India's hopes of outdoor training were hindered by rain on Thursday - it could well prove that India go into their first Champions Trophy match against South Arica in Cardiff on June 6 with little meaningful preparation.

"What you have got right is the stats," Dhoni said. "They say that, after the IPL we have not done really well. So you have the stats to back you up on that.

"But I don't think it's for the IPL to be blamed if you say we have not done well after IPL. Let's see how it goes. We have a few days before we get out and going in the business end of the tournament. Two practice games should be good enough. If not, then we'll have to play a little 15 game tournament before the start of the tournament.

"It's always good to come to England and play some cricket. We landed yesterday evening but the weather has not been really nice, so we are hoping it will turn out to be bright and sunny soon and we can go onto the field and start with some practice. I don't think we'll get good practice today, but from tomorrow maybe, yes.

"It looks good as of now. Nobody has got any niggles when it comes to the fitness aspect. It's very important that the full squad remains fit throughout the span of the period so that you're not forced to select your second 11 or third 11; it's always good to feature the best 11 in each and every game."

Apart from the opportunity of testing themselves against some of the finest players in world cricket, Dhoni also said that participating in the IPL had allowed his players to get into "good rhythm."

"You have to look at the positives," he said. "The players that are playing the IPL, they had good exposure to international bowlers because bowlers from all over the world, they come and play in the IPL, right from Dale Steyn to the best that the world has to offer, which means most of the players are in touch. They are in good rhythm.

"Also, this year was not really hectic. We have to travel, but we all know in India the hospitality business is really good so from the hotels to the airline business, I don't think that really pushes us on the back foot."

Dhoni said Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar might be key men for India in the Champions Trophy, suggesting that Jadeja's all-round skills would provide balance for the side and that Bhuvneshwar's swing bowling, with two new balls and in English conditions, could be a potent weapon.

"Of course with the new rules we'll be forced to play with five bowlers and Jadeja has done really well for us, giving us that balance that's really needed," Dhoni said. "We are hoping that he does well because it will be a great he'll be a great asset to the side with his stamina, with his bowling and a bit of batting down the order. I think he'll be someone who will really help us get the balance that's really needed in an ODI squad, and there are a few others. If it doesn't work there are a few others that can still do the job, and we have options in the side.

"Bhuvneshwar Kumar is someone who can swing the ball. Even in subcontinental conditions he is someone who can swing the ball both ways and he bowls in really good areas. It will be a good outing for him. He's someone who's really young, so he has plenty of cricket ahead of him. He just needs to enjoy the challenges that come in front of him. We all know he's someone who will do well, but we just have to see how he bowls from the 5th to the 8th because now, with the two new balls, he is definitely someone who will have an impact on the game."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sir.Ivor on May 31, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    More than the IPL itself, I think it is its schedule that caused India to perform badly after the IPL tournaments earlier. Apart from the debatable issue of its affecting players techniques to play the longer formats of the game, I think the schedules should be planned in accordance with the international calender. The BCCI is well known for a complete lack of vision in planning as we saw in the disaster of 2011 when Indian toured England after the West Indies tour. The weather in June will definitely be better than what it is now in England but it would still be difficult conditions for most players. Pakistan has been sensible in sending their team earlier.

  • AvidCricFan on May 31, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    It is naive to assume that IPL is not impacting India's success. IPL is definitely impacting players skills that are required for the longer format of the game. Because of IPL, we don't see many Indian players playing in English county these days. This was the main avenue for players to hone their skills to play on seaming and bouncy wickets. IPL doesn't leave lot of free time to players for introspection and work on correcting their technical deficiencies. The money players make in IPL definitely would definitely affect motivation and commitment of young players to sharpen their skills for other format. One area where I see IPL impacting positively is fielding.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 30, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Contrary to what many people feel, I strongly think India have an equally good chance in this tournament. Compared to the other Asian teams, India have the most realistic chance to make it to the semi finals (for a starter). Whatever happens from there is up to the team with the best skills set and temperament. It will be interesting to see how they cope with the conditions. But for now, every team start on equal points and it is hard to predict any favourites.

  • maddy20 on June 1, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Deja Vu for SL. They set what they think is a formidable total and Kohli toys with their bowling to chase it down with relative ease towards the end, despite of the initial stutters. Too bad Malinga did not play. I am sure Kohli would have loved to face him! To be honest the only teams with realistic chances of making the semis are Aus, NZ, SA, Ind/Pak. Eng, WI and SL will pack their bags by the end of the league stage!

  • maddy20 on June 1, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    @Perera32 I am not talking about what you did vs Aus in CB series. In India vs SL matches in CB series we have beaten you 2-1 the most memorable one being Kohli and Raina making a mockery of the world's greatest bowler(According to SLankan perception)7.4-0-98-0 if I remember correctly. In short last 10 games India8 SL 2(WC final 2011, 2-1 in CB, 4-1 in SL, and 1-0 in Asia Cup)

  • on June 1, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    It is obvious, India is playing under a "mental cloud". They should not let the happenings outside the field affect thier game. But with FOUR players from CSK, and CSK under a cloud, and the players being human beings, they have my sympathies. But professional should be beyond all those external irritants and/or distractions.

  • spot_on on June 1, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Is the Indian team getting ready for another ambush !!!! LOL !!!! Selecting Ishant Sharma instead of Praveen!!!

    Hilarious to see the super bowler Amit Mishra's balls heading like an arrow straight onto the batsmen's bat and asking "Hit me darling" ...

    India is about to concede 300+ in all of their games....

  • Jimi01 on June 1, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    @er.tussharr. Please dont say India is a much better than other nations in Cricket, India can only play in flat Indian tracks and are hopeless overseas. The reason IND is no. 1 in ODI is because they played so many games at home, (ENG, PAK, AUS) Even in India, India is hopeless, getting beaten by England.. We will see how good India is when they compete in this Trophy and when they head off to SA *lol*

  • lukecannon on June 1, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Semi finals looking far for India ... :D Kushal will be the most impact player of the tournament..

  • Perera32 on June 1, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    @ maddy20: Are you kidding me?, I remember the CB series very well. India got knocked out by SL, remember? In non subcontinental conditions, Sri lanka are always better than India. The pitch at edgbaston is not as flat as shown by the Indian fast bowlers, the new ball swings off the seam in any conditions, but they didn't get any swing. This is only a warm up and I don't really take all these contributions greatlyfrom the SL batsmen because teams like SA, NZ and Aus have better seam bowlers.

  • Sir.Ivor on May 31, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    More than the IPL itself, I think it is its schedule that caused India to perform badly after the IPL tournaments earlier. Apart from the debatable issue of its affecting players techniques to play the longer formats of the game, I think the schedules should be planned in accordance with the international calender. The BCCI is well known for a complete lack of vision in planning as we saw in the disaster of 2011 when Indian toured England after the West Indies tour. The weather in June will definitely be better than what it is now in England but it would still be difficult conditions for most players. Pakistan has been sensible in sending their team earlier.

  • AvidCricFan on May 31, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    It is naive to assume that IPL is not impacting India's success. IPL is definitely impacting players skills that are required for the longer format of the game. Because of IPL, we don't see many Indian players playing in English county these days. This was the main avenue for players to hone their skills to play on seaming and bouncy wickets. IPL doesn't leave lot of free time to players for introspection and work on correcting their technical deficiencies. The money players make in IPL definitely would definitely affect motivation and commitment of young players to sharpen their skills for other format. One area where I see IPL impacting positively is fielding.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 30, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Contrary to what many people feel, I strongly think India have an equally good chance in this tournament. Compared to the other Asian teams, India have the most realistic chance to make it to the semi finals (for a starter). Whatever happens from there is up to the team with the best skills set and temperament. It will be interesting to see how they cope with the conditions. But for now, every team start on equal points and it is hard to predict any favourites.

  • maddy20 on June 1, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Deja Vu for SL. They set what they think is a formidable total and Kohli toys with their bowling to chase it down with relative ease towards the end, despite of the initial stutters. Too bad Malinga did not play. I am sure Kohli would have loved to face him! To be honest the only teams with realistic chances of making the semis are Aus, NZ, SA, Ind/Pak. Eng, WI and SL will pack their bags by the end of the league stage!

  • maddy20 on June 1, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    @Perera32 I am not talking about what you did vs Aus in CB series. In India vs SL matches in CB series we have beaten you 2-1 the most memorable one being Kohli and Raina making a mockery of the world's greatest bowler(According to SLankan perception)7.4-0-98-0 if I remember correctly. In short last 10 games India8 SL 2(WC final 2011, 2-1 in CB, 4-1 in SL, and 1-0 in Asia Cup)

  • on June 1, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    It is obvious, India is playing under a "mental cloud". They should not let the happenings outside the field affect thier game. But with FOUR players from CSK, and CSK under a cloud, and the players being human beings, they have my sympathies. But professional should be beyond all those external irritants and/or distractions.

  • spot_on on June 1, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Is the Indian team getting ready for another ambush !!!! LOL !!!! Selecting Ishant Sharma instead of Praveen!!!

    Hilarious to see the super bowler Amit Mishra's balls heading like an arrow straight onto the batsmen's bat and asking "Hit me darling" ...

    India is about to concede 300+ in all of their games....

  • Jimi01 on June 1, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    @er.tussharr. Please dont say India is a much better than other nations in Cricket, India can only play in flat Indian tracks and are hopeless overseas. The reason IND is no. 1 in ODI is because they played so many games at home, (ENG, PAK, AUS) Even in India, India is hopeless, getting beaten by England.. We will see how good India is when they compete in this Trophy and when they head off to SA *lol*

  • lukecannon on June 1, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Semi finals looking far for India ... :D Kushal will be the most impact player of the tournament..

  • Perera32 on June 1, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    @ maddy20: Are you kidding me?, I remember the CB series very well. India got knocked out by SL, remember? In non subcontinental conditions, Sri lanka are always better than India. The pitch at edgbaston is not as flat as shown by the Indian fast bowlers, the new ball swings off the seam in any conditions, but they didn't get any swing. This is only a warm up and I don't really take all these contributions greatlyfrom the SL batsmen because teams like SA, NZ and Aus have better seam bowlers.

  • lukecannon on June 1, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Kusal Perera = Sanath Jayasuriya... Some bad memories for the world champions.. lol.. Dilly and kushal had enuf and they left the field.. All of our out of form batsman are back in form. Thanks very much mediocre indian bowling unit...(Didnt swing a single delivery in "ENGLISH" conditions)

  • on June 1, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    IPL not hurting India's results he said , :') ! LOL ! India favorites for Champions Trophy and this happens on a warm up match, take that ! After the recent controversies of IPL , its obvious players are not into the match or the tournament ! oh well , crossing out India from champions trophy final ! :)

  • Tal_Botvinnik on June 1, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    This is a warmup match what happens here is irrelevant, Anyway good to see everybody score runs at a good rate.

  • Patdabac on June 1, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Hmmm so what happened to the swing and seam of the best young fast bowler Bhuvi then? There are 2 new balls but still the indian fast bowlers couldn't exploit any swing. The pitch doesn't matter, the new ball swings in any pitch so there is no exception. I now think Sri lanka could be a good contender for the CT. SL vs SA final for me.

  • maddy20 on June 1, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Now its SL bowlers' turn to serve us canon fodder. I expected that we would get a fair wicket to get used to the conditions, but this is pathetic. And the Lankan fans going gaga, hold your horses. Remember CB series, remember WCfinal, remember 4-1 thrashing at home!

  • andrew27994 on June 1, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    It is best not to judge the pitch or conditions until both sides have batted/ bowled. Indeed this is a flat pitch and something which neither teams would've wanted. There is a little bit of turn for spinners but not enough to threaten the batsmen. If both teams find it easy to bat, then this warm-up match won't be of much use to either sides.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on June 1, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    GRVJPR LOL their swing seam and spin except your bowlers don't exploit that.

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 1, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    @ GRVJPR ; " Where is the movement? " Ask your bowlers. LOL Pitches don't swing the ball buddy, Bowlers do. LOL So don't blame the pitch coz your bolwers are mediocre. lol Kusal n Dilly had enough n left the field. lol

  • on June 1, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    LoL @ IPL not hurting India's results... Just look at Indian players on the field against Sri Lanka. They are showing 0 body language and 0 results... They are gonna need more than that to win the Champion's Trophy. At this rate even getting into the Final / Semi Finals seems like a difficult task.

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 1, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Wow.. Kusal Perera the reincarnation of Sanath "Master Blaster" Jayasuriya is taking Indian bowlers to the cleaners in this very moment in England. :))

  • GRVJPR on June 1, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @ LongLiveTestCricket Again you are over hyping conditions and pitches. Where is the movement? Not a single ball swung today. Apart from when conditions are overcast the english pitches are the flattest in the world. Ball don't even spin. It's like playing on a glass.

  • GRVJPR on June 1, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    As I said earlier people tend to overhype pitches. Bhuvnesh Kumar swings even in India but for him not getting bowl to do anything shows how flat wickets are. Good job selectors pick 3 spinners.

  • LongLiveTestCricket on June 1, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    The point is after a long tiring 2 months of IPL involved with lots of travel in extreme weather conditions, how many of them will be fresh. Also, going by the past performances they are bound to be found wanting in cold, heavy conditions offering lots of movement. Wonder who in the current team has that technique. THey were exposed badly in the 20-20 world cup in england. Last time in England ODI series they had to recall Dravid into the one day series such was the confidence on the young players and this time they have Dhoni has made a big mistake by ignoring a solid technically correct player such as Pujara. Unfortunately he has shown great stubbornness in including players who are not his favourites. Based on this I see little chance for them to get through to the semi-finals.

  • rushil11 on June 1, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    still not getting why C.PUJARA isnt playing in england.fittess isnt an issue,form is also gr8 n most imp hes predomiant back foot player which is key to sucess in gloomy conditions of engalnd.let c now wht our opners achive against two new balls n over cast conditions.

  • spot_on on June 1, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Give the guy Rohit a chance against the Saffas.. if he fails again, don't even look back at him.. End of story.. He doesn't deserve any more than just a chance!!!

  • ro.s on June 1, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    we should go with following eleven: dhawan, rohit/vijay, kohli, raina, dhoni, jadeja, pathan, ashwin, bhuvi, ishant, umesh

  • on June 1, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    my squad to be precisely for icc champions trophy for team INDIA Should be 1.shikar dhawan 2. dinesh karthik 3.kohli 4.raina 5.rohit 6. dhoni 7. jadeja 8.irfan 9.ashwin 10.mishra/umeshyadav 11.bhuvanesh.

  • on May 31, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    my team from group A : England n Australia and from group B :India n pakistan semi 1 : england vs pakistan semi 2 : australia vs India Final :CLASH OF TITAN INDIA VS PAKISTAN

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on May 31, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    @BDforever: You made my day. Ha Ha. I cant stop laughing at your comment because when I read your comment these stats come to my mind .. Thanks to Stats guru some very nice stats. BD - Tests played 79 , Won - 4 (OMG! ), Drawn-8 ( OMG ) BD - Tests played in BD , Test Played - Won 1, Lost - 33, Draw -5.

    A Team that cannot even win in its home conditions, manages to do a one off incident of defeating a "proper" test team, it is nothing but luck and a bad day in the office for the Indians. India atleast manages to win on those "roads", but BD ? ha ha.

  • ProdigyA on May 31, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    anupamraj - you are spot on.

  • on May 31, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    India should go with one spinner, Jadeja and go with four seamers Irfan,ishanth,Umesh,B kumar

  • Nicks7am on May 31, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Which team is MSDhoni and the 10 other men representing? Am I the only one who is confused here? He is working for BCCI which is a private body, or he is contracted by CSK which is owned by India Cements or he is working for India cements when he is not doing either of the other roles. MSD is not India cricket team captain. There is no such team as India cricket team. This is BCCI team. We have seen and heard that from the wise men that manage BCCI - this is an internal affair and does not concern public.

  • Sundara-Chandare on May 31, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Please don't criticize Bangladesh.Because Bangladesh helped a lot to Tendulkar for achieve his milstone.Without Bangladesh Tendulkar is still has 99 centuries.

  • anupamraj114 on May 31, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    @BDforever A BD cricket fan is least eligible to talk abt the performance of other teams. Guys wake up. U have been thrashed by ZIM few weeks back.

  • on May 31, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Well said MSD. No worry about Stats/Records (They are always meant to be changed/updated) And Dont think about IPL or whatever happened during IPL. We believe you and our team. Fall or Rise, we will always support you and be with you. Keep aside this media things, they will only talk about this till they get some other scandal news (they don't care about many good things that are happening)

  • BDforever on May 31, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    @mrgupta, @er.tussharr, @28041991: mates, let me make you embarrassing by reminding how Bangladesh kicked India out from 2007 WC. Only talking about ICC rankings doesn't make sense too. We all know that India has a chance to win a match if pitches like flat roads are provided. Therefore you know it's team's strength or pitch's strength. ICC ranking system doesn't include a feature to filter teams who can ONLY win on home friendly flat conditions. Of course Bangladesh can be weaker than South Africa or Pakistan. Anyway for Bangladesh wining or losing doesn't depend on the pitch. I'm quite sure that flat track kings will get thrashed like no body as how they got trashed by the hands of tigers few months ago in Asia cup.

  • on May 31, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    i dont think most of d teams r taking this tournament seriously. aussies take this as prep 2 ashes, so do the eng. india r trying few youngsters out there, not sure whom, when doni says jadeja is d key[baffling]. he says rohit is back up opener. not sure, if can change squad often in such a short tourney. only teams looking keen r pak[as they desperately need some int'al trophy], SA[as they haven't won many icc tropies] & SL[for obvious reasons]. having said that, rain will decide many results fo d matches. so apart from d talent, teams need even rub of green.hmmm not so exciting !

  • HyderabadBest on May 31, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    IPL definitely is impacting the young Indian players..... the impact can be seen during the first game against SA and rise Vs Pakistan and again stuck in the third game... but as a great side we will def get thru to the finals..... the batting side should have patience to stay through most of the overs ...... kohli, Raina, Shikar Dhoni, jaddu are the people to watch out for.... cant trust Rohit .... as always .. bhuvi is expected to be outstanding.....

  • on May 31, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    But Dear Dhoni, IPL is hurting the whole game of cricket and that is even worse. When money and not values begin to rule, then it is the beginning of the end.

  • er.tussharr on May 31, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    @BDforever please check ICC rankings buddy. India is NO.1 in ODI table, 3rd in Test and T20. This shows us that India is much better than any other nations in Cricket. Other teams are also good but don't underestimate Team India.

  • realfan on May 31, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    @BDforever: yeah atleast we have achievements before IPL... what have your tigers done??? only 3 test match wins in 13 years of test career or so... not able to win single tournament against any team... not eligible to play CT, trying very very hard to draw a single test match against SRL( that too in flat deck ) and celebrating like you have won the world.... got beaten by zimbambwe , kenya... who knows you may achieve a status of not eligible for even ODI cricket in the coming years..you celebrate a single draw in a match like anything , show how hard for you to achieve that draw, let alone winning.....

  • mrgupta on May 31, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    @BDforever: I would happy to remind Bangladesh's success in recent tournaments: 1. Got bowled out for 58 and 78 is World Cup in Bangladesh, got hammered by India in first World Cup match, got beaten by WI on their home ground, got beaten by Zimbabwe, got beaten by Pak, got knocked out of T20 WC, again got beaten by Zimbabwe, not even eligible to play in Champions Trophy and celebrated the Draw against SL as if they became no.1.

  • on May 31, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    bowling attack:pathan, ashwin, mishra, bhuvneshwar, kumar. Mishra might be very effective as he is leg spinner like Warne who always was successful outside continent, Vinay and Pathan at depth, Pathan and Bhuneshwar at opening, Vinay-Ashwin-Mishra in middle overs.

  • Priyavrat96 on May 31, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Indian players do not think about spot fixing scandal which was happened last week.They should focus on the preparation of champions trophy matches.

  • pavankumark on May 31, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    5 bowlers that INDIA should and should play in all the conditions are :- B.Kumar, Irfan, Umesh. Ashwin and Jadega...

    For batsman, there is a toss between Vijay, Karthi and Rohit for 2 spots

  • BDforever on May 31, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    I would happy to remind India's success in recent tournaments irrespective of IPL results. 1) Losing test series 4-0 to England in England. 2) Not being able to win at least a single ODI or T20 during the tour in England. 3) Losing test series 4-0 to Australia in Australia. 4) Got knocked out in Tri- series in Australia 5) Got knocked out in Asia cup by the hands of tigers 6) Lost home ODI series to Pakistan 7) Lost home test series to England 8) Got knocked out in T20 world cup. See how much success they have achieved. Hopefully they will continue with the same success rate and IPL won't make any changes in this success as Dhoni has said.

  • on May 31, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    No Sachin, No Champions trophy watching.

  • on May 31, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    My champions trophy playing XI for first match- 1.Dhawan 2.Vijay/Karthik 3.Kohli 4.Rohit 5.Raina 6.Dhoni 7.Jadeja 8.Pathan 9.Aswhin 10.Bhuvi 11.Yadav. If Karthik plays then I think Dhoni should let him keep the wickets.Dhoni deserves a rest from atleast one responsibility in both the shorter formats.Lately Dhoni has been dropping a few chances which mainly is due to the overloading and over playing and this will be a good chance to relax just a bit.

  • BDforever on May 31, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    "IPL not compromising India's success". I 100% agree with Dhoni. We saw India's success when India toured England last time. I don't think IPL can chance a bit of that success. I'm desperate to see India achieving the same success this time also. LOL

  • on May 31, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    No need to hype and no need to blame, jadeja is not have high quality on swing pitch,Does is he another Uvi? this last chance for Rohit to survive and sow his ability.who is opening partner with Dhavan ? if vijaya... does he have skill to control the swing bowling ? please give chance to Kharthik to open innings.Rohit is ideal in the middle vinaya bowling was very effective in IPL NO need to wait.lets see result. No time to test .Please keep your mind. All the best India

  • on May 31, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    i think our team should be..dhawan,karthick,virat,rohit,dhoni,raina,pathan,jadeja,ashwin,bhuvane,yadav

  • Narbavi on May 31, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    @getsetgopk: he is an excellent one day cricketer outside india as well, the last time he played in england he was the man of the series despite india not winning even a single game, get your facts right before making excuses before the indo-pak game

  • vigneshvinu on May 31, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Dhoni must bring vinay along with Bhuvanesh because vinay can bowl well with new ball. these two can be real challenge the opposition especially against the proteas and WI. Mishra should play against them too these teams are not good against leg spin. my team 1. S. dhawan 2. Vijay 3.Kohli 4. karthik 5. dhoni 6. raina 7.jadeja 8. mishra 9. bhuvanesh 10. vinay 11. ishant

  • black_bird on May 31, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    it is because of the ipl, india won 2011 wc. they will win this too.and people have already nominated india as champion.look at the poll today. best of luck india.

  • YS_USA on May 31, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    This should not be 2 game knock-out tournament, but just like IPL, there should be more games to weed out the bad teams and only consistent winners go up the ladder and play the semis and final. Four teams can play everyday and the whole tournment can be wound up within a month.

  • AvidCricFan on May 31, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Bhuvi could be very effective in the English condition where ball swings more. He could get lot of success in England if bowls right length.

  • SRISESH on May 31, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    How can he say that IPL not hurting, Only Results will show the true color.

  • realfan on May 31, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    @Provost: indian coming to semifinal or final is not what i meant... the reason you gave for that was disappointing for a cricket fan.... the TRP reason you gave was silly....

  • Javed_17 on May 31, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    Jadeja for T20s would be no doubt in my mind but odis, i need some more tangible evidence. Indian bowlers who can swing the ball in the subcontinent lose a lot of their control in england so both players are 50 50 in my mind. Unfortunately i dont believe india stand a chance against teams like pakistan and south africa who have been playing competitve cricket here. Lets hope for the best

  • on May 31, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    If you read the comments of the Pakistan Team Captain about their Match experience with Ireland, the ball is swinging heavily & they are really struggling to cope even being in English conditions for more than a month before the Champions Trophy. India will watch its Team "Fishing" with the swing (leave aside the CHIN Music) & the results will be disastrous in the Championship. Mark My Words!!!! We will discuss again after India has played 2 matches, first against RSA. Wish them best of luck though!!

  • Un_Citoyen_Indien on May 30, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    My team for Game 1: M. Vijay, S. Dhawan, V. Kohli, R. Sharma, S. Raina, M.S. Dhoni, R. Jadeja, I. Pathan, B. Kumar, I. Sharma, U. Yadav.

    All the best lads, bring home the trophy for us.....

  • on May 30, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    From what I can gather here is that Dhoni is throwing Jadeja and Bhuvaneshwar the challenge to step up and perform at the big stage and at the same time taking spotlight away from players like Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay who are also trying to cement their spot in the side. It is definitely a great oppurtunity for the entire Indian team to perform and show what they are made of. Also don't forget that World cup is not too far and would be played in Australia and the conditions would not be too different although the bowlers will get more swing in England than Australia. The batting is going to be a challenge for India as they are taking a very young and inexperienced side. I think Indian bowlers always do good in English conditions but our batsmen have to back them up. I wish Dhoni and team India all the best for the tournament. Watch out for Virat Kohli. I think he is going to be a stand out for India.

  • Mervo on May 30, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    The IGL and the T20 competition that is the other part of it has no relevance to any other game also called cricket. It is only about money and has more akin with baseball than cricket.

  • somethingdifferent on May 30, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Dhoni's reliance on Jadeja is very unrealistic. He is the second most over hyped player on the circuit after Glen Maxwell. BK has the potential but the problem is his lack of exposure to english conditions. At times the swing is to too much to handle here. He will need to adjust quickly to the extravagant movement and not get overwhelmed by the extra ordinary movement. The real test is for the two new openers because if they fail there will a lot of pressure on Kohli and Dhoni. Lack of practice could turn out to be a major issue for these new players.

  • on May 30, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    ''Dhoni said Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar might be key men for India in the Champions Trophy''...... Dude are u kidding me.... Bhuvneshwar could be...but Sir Jadeja -Key Man... Wat has he done in IPL or any other format that he has played for India. This shows how loyal u both are. C'mon man dont compromise India's success bcoz of your love affair with CSK players. Irfan Pathan is the man for you in All Rounders slot.

  • ten_dul_kar on May 30, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    How many times he has used the word 'someone' in the last para. All i understood from it that Bhuvneshwar is someone....

  • Provost on May 30, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    @28041991 What makes you you think I am whining? do you consider "India will be in Semis or the Finals" is whining? wow.....

  • Provost on May 30, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    @28041991 what to do boss? still not out of the IPL saga.....

  • satyachowdary on May 30, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Just compare India's test performance pre and post IPL and you will have your answer...

  • realfan on May 30, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    @Ian Jones well these are the same bowlers in australian team, when ENGLAND won ashes, and they will be facing same bowlers in future 2 ashes... be ready to get shocked by them...

  • realfan on May 30, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    @Provost ah here comes the first whine... not even a single match and your are whining... good progress team india....

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on May 30, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    we do have the talent in batting department , but its the bowling i am really worried about , cant see anyone other than bhuvneshwar kumar having much of an impact. if fully fit , zak would have been a great addition. jadeja will be exposed in swinging condition , and most worrying factor is lack of match practice in English conditions , playing IPL is probably the worst way to prepare for champions trophy in England. also i feel rohit sharma should open in one dayers.

  • sanjaycrickfan on May 30, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Why do I feel as if nobody is taking Champions Trophy seriously ? Sad state of affairs in cricket where most tournaments feel like players are just going through the motions. I dont feel any passion or excitement for cricket anymore.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on May 30, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    I agree with other posters if there is a chance of rain the competition should not be held there ie. England, WI, SA, NZ and Aus all tournaments should be in 'sub-continent' as boring flat pitches that offer nothing to bowlers provide the best entertainment.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 30, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    @Desihungama: Honestly, this whole Champions Trophy is a waste of time. It's a highly irrelevant competition in the middle of nowhere in an already cramped international calendar. So, I wouldn't disagree if Team India had reservations in terms of motivation for this tournament. Having said that, I read the whole article and MS Dhoni is SPOT ON with his answers to the press. Can't wait to hear the other captains and the excuses they offer following an early exit from the tournament.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 30, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    @getsetgopk: I know you support Pakistan. But I am interested to hear the excuses you will be offering once your team is knocked out early in the competition. So be prepared.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 30, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    @Ian Jones: The same can be said about English batsmen who have been facing mediocre NZ bowlers and team the last few months.

  • Provost on May 30, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    If India is out soon, viewership will be down in India and it is not good for advertisers and TV revenue will be down.... so India will go into semis or finals.......oh my god, I don't trust anything anymore...what happened to me lately.....

  • getsetgopk on May 30, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    And he's back on his second profession after cricket, excuse making, he's an excellent ODI cricketer (in India only) and a superb excuse maker.

  • rijulshah on May 30, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    through IPL India may not have got any noteworthy performers but it certainly has helped us in recognizing few players who should never be in Indian team.. like Aashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, RP singh, Yusuf Pathan , Manoj Tiwari and many more

  • on May 30, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    TThe IPL is all about money making, but international cricket is serious business and i can not see that indian players can change the gears and mode as quickly as required and they will not be able to adjust to englinsh conditions, let see how team india respond?

  • on May 30, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Vijay and Badri should not be allowed to play as they always play the 50-over match as if it is 500 over match.

  • on May 30, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    My playing XI for the 1st match would be 1) DHAWAN 2) KARTHIK 3) KOHLI 4)ROHIT 5)DHONI 6)RAINA 7)JADEJA 8)AMIT MISHRA 9)UMESH 10)BHUVI 11) ISHANT.

  • AbAdvani on May 30, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    Ishant needs to make way for Praveen Kumar/ fit Zaheer Khan in the ODI squad -he will contine to leak runs regardless of where we play

  • Desihungama on May 30, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    All it tells me India's lack of interest in other forms of cricket except T20. Perhaps since they are the custodians of cricket they want to abolish every other format. That would be detrimental to growth of cricket.

  • samincolumbia on May 30, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    The only real excitement about Champions Trophy being played in England would be to see whether Messrs Duckworth and Lewis or the cricketers themselves will get to decide the outcome of the games!

  • on May 30, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    kohli 3 ,raina 4, dhoni6 tis would be good irfan should go out

  • on May 30, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    So his batsmen have been facing 3rd rate Aussie bowlers and he reckons his team are in good form? Ha

  • on May 30, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    this time weather not looking good in UK. its been like this so far and summer hasnt really showed up yet.

    About IPL, i dont it is hurting india that much but it certainly isnt helping them either. many would argue that but india has about 50 + players in IPL each season. but since 1st t20 world cup they couldnt get a playing 11 which even reached to semis in all 3 t20 cups so far. if it was helping them that much india would have been lifting cup each time or atleast 1 of semi finalist in all t20 world cups. may be its the number of games that drained the players.

  • arunsmail4u on May 30, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    One point the players should keep in their mind.. there are not many opportunities like in the IPL.. They should come fully charged after the warmup matches bcoz it might take only 3 matches to decide a teams fate.. So fingers crossed, waiting to watch a fresh charged India team lead by the ever great MSD! All the best..

  • The-love on May 30, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    @Sripadha Rao Venkataraman -> Vijay was not in t20 mood in IPL itself....How can he be in that mood in ODIs....

  • on May 30, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Playing XI against India...1)Vijay 2)Dhawan 3)Kohli 4)Rohit 5)Raina 6)Dhoni 7)Jadeja 8)Irfan 9)Ashwin 10)Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 11)Umesh yadav.......For first match....Only...Depending on that match...How the players performed,then switch changes...

  • on May 30, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    I see some point in Naveen Kumar Devata. It should have been played elsewhere, which has got favourable weather.

  • Jinasoma on May 30, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    India haven't a chance at least make semis.This series is going to be good learning camp for Raina and Rohit how to play out of the India.If they can learn something it's a good achievment for India.

  • on May 30, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    India's starting XI should be 1)Dhawan 2)Rohit 3)Kohli 4)Raina 5)MSD 6)Jadeja 7)Irfan 8)Ashwin/Mishra 9)B. Kumar 10)U. Yadav 11)Ishant

  • oj..cricfan on May 30, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    I think the spot fixing scandal in IPL was right time for India. Hopefully all the bad elements are out of the team and we have 100% commited players playing in XI. If players play according to their potential then India can win the tournment.

  • on May 30, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    My playing 11 for the first match!!!! 1) DHAWAN 2) KARTHIK 3) KOHLI 4)ROHIT 5)DHONI 6)RAINA 7)IRFAN 8)JADEJA 9)ASHWIN 10)BHUVI 11) ISHANT.

  • Alexk400 on May 30, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    One thing i noticed that dhoni likes fittest cricketer who has more energy than him. Jadeja is great fielder with decent ODI bowler and awful batting skills just like pathan but little bit better than pathan. He is doing good with his bowling so its all good in that perspective. That said his main weapon is Buvanesh kumar. He set it up with his swing. If he fails india fails. Period. That said this is best condition for him to shine. All he need is good fitness. if he feel strong he will do eventually well. That said India's batting will flop.

  • on May 30, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    I guess ICC made a wrong decision in playing the last of Champions Trophy in England this time of the year. Already one practice day for India is lost and one warm up match is washed out....not sure how many matches will result in washouts in the actual fixtures. This will not be a real great tournament if fate of several teams will be decided by weather rather than their performances.

    We will just have to wait and see how the weather and India play in this tournament.

  • on May 30, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    probably our players will be in T20 mode for the first game (especially Raina or Vijay) and then they will fall in line.

  • surajporeddy on May 30, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    @Damian Even ICC dont want India to get knocked out early. There is no glamour to any tournament without India. If India gets knocked out early (thats impossible, a dream) number of viewers will decrease drastically which is a big wound to any tournament.

  • on May 30, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Umm well, I don't agree with Dhoni, There will be alot of pressure on the guys..!!

  • Narbavi on May 30, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    India is certainly undercooked, this is not ideal preparation for a champions trophy that's being held in england, you play the ipl finals on 26th and play the warm up on 1st, some players might be carrying niggles and the conditions are entirely different, we will probably lose the first game vs SA, but can certainly come back and win the next two games, time will tell

  • FR3AKX on May 30, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Both you guys have under and over-estimated Indian team, they'll definitely start slow but will end up in semi's atleast though their chances of winning the trophy are less since boh SA and England are much better suited to these conditions.

  • Cricket_apostle on May 30, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    @Damian123 Like most of the previous world tournaments??...like the ICC ODI world cup?? and how does india getting knocked out good for overall world cricket?..please do enlighten me..

  • z0mbiezom on May 30, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    India will lose both matches, and be sent home early.

  • on May 30, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    @Damian123 : Right, that's why India won the World T20 and World Cup in the last 6 years because trophies are awarded to teams that get knocked out in the first round hands down.

  • on May 30, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    For Dhoni its always Jadeja. India's future (according to Dhoni) rests on Jadeja's amazing all round skills. He never tires of heaping praise on this buddy of his.

  • smkurian on May 30, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    I can see some parallels here between WWE and cricket. Men in flashy suits getting paid to enact a script. Sport "whither art thou?" It is going to be very hard to regain the faith of cricket lovers. Guess a few bad eggs can spoil the bunch and the champions trophy will just be the kool aid that has no effect. RIP.

  • on May 30, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    India may win or lose the tournament but hope it will be a good outing as far as performances of players are concerned.Really itching to see Bhuvaneshwar Kumar to use the new ball against odds of Hashim Amla and Chris Gayle.And as far as batting is concerned it will be exciting to see how Shikar Dhawan will play the new ball against the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. For me these two players are the players to watch out for INDIA.GO INDIA!!!!!!We will never let u down........

  • Nitin2208 on May 30, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Make us proud MSD & Co. # Nitin

  • itismenithin on May 30, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Current controversy could be a blessing in disguise for team India since the expectations aren't huge this time even though India are the WC winners. Great opportunity to play without fear and let performance talk.

  • surajporeddy on May 30, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    First match of this tournament is important. I think winner of this match will win the champions trophy. Clearly, SA has an edge but on that day the team which plays better will win. Dhoni has a habit of making miracles with youngsters , we hve seen that in past and hope he will do it again. Everyone saying that India are not serious contenders for champions trophy and people used to say that before each and every major tournament in the past. India locked the mouths of all critics with their performance. Hope they repeat it again under the India's best captain ever MS DHONI

  • kumarcoolbuddy on May 30, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    @Damian123, how is it good for overall World cricket if India is knocked out?

  • Raj0373 on May 30, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Nope, India will finish last in this group, will be happy if thay can manage single win

  • Damian123 on May 30, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    India wil be knocked out like most of the previous World tournaments during the first round itself, hands up or down, and that will be good for overall world cricket! Unfortunately, BD is not there to hasten that.

  • MasterMindGupta on May 30, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    MSD - very well put. IPL has harmed the mentality of some fringe players. But, main players have benefited. No doubt. It was evident during WC'11 win & before that also. Just bring home the mini-world cup as well.

  • on May 30, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    INDIA WILL WIN this champion trophy hands down!!

  • on May 30, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    INDIA WILL WIN this champion trophy hands down!!

  • MasterMindGupta on May 30, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    MSD - very well put. IPL has harmed the mentality of some fringe players. But, main players have benefited. No doubt. It was evident during WC'11 win & before that also. Just bring home the mini-world cup as well.

  • Damian123 on May 30, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    India wil be knocked out like most of the previous World tournaments during the first round itself, hands up or down, and that will be good for overall world cricket! Unfortunately, BD is not there to hasten that.

  • Raj0373 on May 30, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Nope, India will finish last in this group, will be happy if thay can manage single win

  • kumarcoolbuddy on May 30, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    @Damian123, how is it good for overall World cricket if India is knocked out?

  • surajporeddy on May 30, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    First match of this tournament is important. I think winner of this match will win the champions trophy. Clearly, SA has an edge but on that day the team which plays better will win. Dhoni has a habit of making miracles with youngsters , we hve seen that in past and hope he will do it again. Everyone saying that India are not serious contenders for champions trophy and people used to say that before each and every major tournament in the past. India locked the mouths of all critics with their performance. Hope they repeat it again under the India's best captain ever MS DHONI

  • itismenithin on May 30, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Current controversy could be a blessing in disguise for team India since the expectations aren't huge this time even though India are the WC winners. Great opportunity to play without fear and let performance talk.

  • Nitin2208 on May 30, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Make us proud MSD & Co. # Nitin

  • on May 30, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    India may win or lose the tournament but hope it will be a good outing as far as performances of players are concerned.Really itching to see Bhuvaneshwar Kumar to use the new ball against odds of Hashim Amla and Chris Gayle.And as far as batting is concerned it will be exciting to see how Shikar Dhawan will play the new ball against the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. For me these two players are the players to watch out for INDIA.GO INDIA!!!!!!We will never let u down........

  • smkurian on May 30, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    I can see some parallels here between WWE and cricket. Men in flashy suits getting paid to enact a script. Sport "whither art thou?" It is going to be very hard to regain the faith of cricket lovers. Guess a few bad eggs can spoil the bunch and the champions trophy will just be the kool aid that has no effect. RIP.