West Indies tri-series 2013 June 28, 2013

Dhoni seeks continuation of India's success

ESPNcricinfo staff

India captain MS Dhoni wants his side to keep up their impressive run from the recently concluded Champions Trophy in England. The same squad that was part of the title triumph last Sunday, with the exception of Irfan Pathan whose hamstring injury gave Shami Ahmed his first overseas assignment with India, are in the West Indies gearing up for a tri-series with the hosts and Sri Lanka.

"What is very important for us is not to look too far ahead. We will take it series by series," Dhoni said. "We just finished a world tournament in the UK and now we are in the West Indies. First, we will have to see the two teams which are ahead of us. The performance was really good in UK but we need to continue."

India begin their campaign against West Indies, who are playing at home for the first time under Dwayne Bravo's leadership, on June 30 and Dhoni is certain his side have to tackle a familiar surplus of expectation.

"The demands (of the fans) remain the same. The expectation when it comes to the Indian cricket team has always been the same," he said at the launch of the tri-series cup in Jamaica. "If things are moving, it will only move in one direction which is up"

The tri-series will have each team facing the other two twice in the preliminary stage to determine which teams will vie for the trophy in the final at Port of Spain on July 11. Dhoni, who has become the first captain to win the World Cup, the World Twenty20 and the Champions Trophy, attributed the team's success to a dressing-room environment that thrived on each other's performances.

"I'm fortunate to have the players in the side to really soak up the pressure. What we have done really well is we have enjoyed each other's success and that has really contributed to the side winning most of the games," he said. "If I'm happier than the person who has actually scored a century or a fifty, you understand that's the kind of atmosphere that you want, because at the end of the day, what we play is a team sport."

India looked a side that was hungry for success in the Champions Trophy. The players were willing to compete for places in the XI, as was the case when Rohit Sharma stepped up to open the batting in place of M Vijay, and displayed exceptional fielding skills in England, a healthy by-product of the transition from the old guard with the 2015 World Cup in mind.

"It's important that the guys sitting out just to wait for their chance, don't think that if this guy does badly I will get a chance," Dhoni said. "They can use that period to improve themselves and whenever the chance, whatever the reason may be, fitness or form, they try to earn that place in the side."

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  • Ashok on June 30, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    India had lot of talent wasted on the Bench for at least last 12 months. Age was clearly catching up with the Legends like Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar, ZAK, Bhajji, Sehwag & Gambhir. The selectors were too shy to drop any of these guys because of Indian way of reverence. Fortunately some retired & some had injury problems. This enabled the Selectors to make a wholesale change. So the New Indian team is Talented, Young, Full of energy & has the will to Win. These attributes if repeated consistently over each match produces a champion Team. New Indian team has proven it by winning the ICC Champions Trophy. This team needs a few more changes to make it a really top class side. I am sure this is the main reason why even Dhoni is rejuvenated. India now has good & reliable openers, a reasonably good middle order, strong finishers in batting. In bowling they have 2 good spinners in Ashwin & Jadeja + a good seamer in B.Kumar. Unless Ishant & Yadev improve, they will be replaced with alternates

  • Venkatesh on June 30, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Its a great team, but i feel Cheteshwar Pujara will do a better job than M. Vijay

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Important for the Indian team to remember that they are only as good as they are on the day. Its easy for the Champions trophy winning team to get complacent and thats something true champions never allow. Getting to the top is easier than staying there.

    Whats great is that they will be starting on a high, but must remember that the conditions they will encounter in the Caribbean are going to be a lot different from England. The wickets are slower and require a lot of patience - both while batting and bowling. The Batting top order will need to look at using the new ball when it comes onto the bat best and then consolidate in the middle overs to build a launch platform for the last 15. The bowlers will have their work cut out too and the middle overs which will be controlled by our spinners will be crucial. They are wicket taking options on these conditions and need to be used as such.

    I'm looking forward to this - its a different challenge for our boys. Lets go India.

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    i don't know whats the purpose of including shami ahmed into the team. He will not get any chance to play anyway.India for sure does not want to change winning combination..Amit mishra deserve a chance on these slow west indies pitches. But with ashwin and Jadeja firing and valuable support from raina, kohli and sometimes even Captain cool, India might not want to play with three spinners.. Rohit-Dhavan duo is working well for india. bhuvi and ishant has done well in CT13. Umesh yadav has to fine his line length and rhythm. Raina and Dhoni did not get much opportunity but they can fire on any day. my team for today's match is- 1. Shikhar Dhavan 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Virat Kohli 4. Dinesh Karthik 5. Suresh Raina 6. M S Dhoni 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. R ashwin 9. B Kumar 10. Ishant Sharma 11. Umesh Yadav / Amit Mishra. Beware Sri lanka and west indies. best of luck INDIA <3 <3

  • Sasikumar on June 29, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    At the end of ind vs aus test in Australia Clark lauded as great captain and Dhoni even after winning WC lost his fame....now things reversed Dhoni transformed his team back to winning streak that too with new talents......but Clark oh god, home work, no Ponting and mike, pushing watto down the order, rotation policy totally clueless i am eager how he handles ashes....... form is temporary and class is permanent applies to captains too....we are proud of you DHONI....

  • Jiss on June 29, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    I dont understand people calling for DKs blood to insert a half fit Yuvraj Singh. It is not fair to DK. He had worked hard and earned his place in the side. Let us give him his share of chances and then judge him. Unfortunately for him he happened to be a wk batsman in the same time as MSD and it is not his fault. many international teams would want to have him in the side just as a batter. he is very good middle order batsman and a great character too. Again it is down to our fanboy mentality. we find a hero and a villian even in sport .

  • RAVINDER on June 29, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    @ philipsmgp on (June 29, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

    I agree that after cancer trtmnt he is somewhat down with fitness level but then 75% fit Yuvi is still better than any current 100% Indian player inclu Dhoni. Before you guys pounce on me plz tell when was the last time anyone played 35 or 40-ball 70 in T20 match? I'm not talking about IPL but int'l match and the last time we saw Yuvi doing it was in 2nd T-20 against Pak few months back becoming 2nd batsman after Hussey who massacred Ajmal. Even in ODI he can be the difference between winning and losing as no current players plays like he does i mean scoring quickfire 50-60 when the situation is 50-50 for both teams involved. I just hope he is out for fitness issues and not for some other reasons and if he is out for our WC14 schemes of things then we should consider ourselves (India) out of WC14 in the initial rounds just like WC07. His replacement DK is nowhere close to him when it comes to skill level.

  • Raghavendra on June 29, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Gud going India!!!... You have everything to go and perform.. What the best part is Now India will get into the Filed with 5 Bowlers regular option with the kind of maturity of Jadeja. That is something special which has happened after a long long time in Indian Cricket. Go India Gooooo ... I wish you all the Best from bottom of my heart.

  • santosh on June 29, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    i would thank selectors that they droped senior player keeping the 2015 wc in sight .well said dhoni .....there should b a healthy competition within players .aploud the suceess of team mate . as for raina we dont have a replacement (yuvi ,pathan as no.6 not in form ) as he is a good finisher and can act as a anchor till end ( as rohit is opening). so he will play till dhoni wants him to. for 2015 i dont think we need a bench strenght as this is a young team and all are capable of playing for many years . but how they perform in west indies will be crucial will they carried away or keep winning .....

  • MP on June 29, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    I like Indian team balance. No need to replace anyone from the team. MSD needs to grow DK as a middle order batsman. DK is committed player and down to the earth. Not many people give enough credits to the Indian Bowling lineup but I think it is a good lineup. India may not have express fast bowler but whatever resources India has they get job done. I am sure Shami will do good job too.

    Good luck boys and enjoy!

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