West Indies tri-series 2013 June 28, 2013

Dhoni seeks continuation of India's success

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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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  • POSTED BY Nampally 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

  • POSTED BY venky4u24goa on | June 30, 2013, 13:39 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY SasiGladi 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....

  • POSTED BY Sportius 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 .

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 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.

  • POSTED BY Raghavendra.M.J 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.

  • POSTED BY santosh.singh 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 .....

  • POSTED BY 11MP 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!

  • POSTED BY Nampally 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

  • POSTED BY venky4u24goa on | June 30, 2013, 13:39 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY SasiGladi 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....

  • POSTED BY Sportius 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 .

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 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.

  • POSTED BY Raghavendra.M.J 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.

  • POSTED BY santosh.singh 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 .....

  • POSTED BY 11MP 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!

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Yes no matter how the situation is, Dhoni is fabulous captain. But Stephen Fleming and MSD has different styles not to forget Fleming had a good team such as Nathan Astle, Bond, Tuffey, Cairns, Vettori, Harris and many others. Fleming had a good team but the thing is how important the Indian team will perform consistently in Overseas in all formats of game which will be good for Indian Cricket..

  • POSTED BY swarzi on | June 29, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    How can the Indian team be packed up and sent to the West Indies to be engaged in another competition before they had been allowed to go home to celebrate their victory in the Champions Trophy, with their nationals and fans? Suppose they were to lose badly in the tri-series in the West Indies? One could appreciate the 'watered down effect' of their achievement in that big tournament in England, when they get home after losing in the West Indies! I am therefore concerned about the blatant lack of respect that our cricket authorities show for our cricketers and cricket overall! I think the travel schedules should always take into account, special considerations for what happens to the teams just after the completion of a major tournament, eg. the Champions Trophy. I think about five days of "no cricket for any team" should be allowed at the end of these tournaments that the winning team would have the pleasure of returning home to meet their nationals and fans to celebrate their win.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    @anand - m agree with u partly, but we are just only discussing - here not the point is which of my favrt player r playing in 11 squad or not !! we r just discussing n we r really happy wid dis team where best captain of da crkt world r now doing his job in INDIA team doing very well - but one thing i want to really mention dat sometimes INDIA people do compare be2n dhoni n ganguly n surprisingly ganguly supporter hates dhoni- y !! its really cheap - Its Team INDIA dude - we love both INDIA captain- b4 criticizing dhoni it will b better to think dhoni haters dat its just losing respect of dada from bottom of our heart - n dhoni haters will b responsible for dis.all da best team india for dis series.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    the last words r the key-' player sitting out should not think that i'll get a chance if this guy plays badly'. that's d crux of sportsmanship. even if u r on bench, ur still part of d squad, right. Better than not being selected at all. oppurtunities will always come by, only u need 2 b prepared. the sad part is most of d indian fans root for a particular player rather than d team as a whole. they r happy if their favourite player gets 2 play & scores big/take wickets, no matter waht happens 2 the team. remember cricket is team sport & no player can b bigger than d team/sport.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    we want yuvi - at least give a chance in this trophy - y dey didn't pick him even in da squad !! m surprised - INDIA already gave chances rohit sharma in many matches n m happy abt dat - but a player like yuvi should deserve some chances to back in form- he is really one of da devastating player in da crkt world.

  • POSTED BY philipsmgp on | June 29, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Lots of talks about Yuvraj replacing DK.He had always been a great player in the past.No doubt.No disregards to him.But anyone who had watched him after he made a comeback needs to understand his fitness is in a very pathetic condition.His fielding has gone down.Even in the recent past games he was not able to run the second which he kept ignoring.Do you think the selectors would not have noticed it.If he was fit and playing well he would never would have been out of the team.DK is not as flambuoyant as Yuvraj.But he can build partnerships and play important innings.And about this young team i still think we have to wait a bit longer than just getting carried away.Right now let them just enjoy playing.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Does Raina Really deserve a place in playing 11 given his perfomance in recent Champion Trophy, what did he did against australia, south africa, srilanka and england in final. and does india have a perfect bench strenght for wc 2015.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    great captain MSD. MSD rocks, All the best to team INDIA in the upcoming tri-series. GO INDIA. JAI HIND

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Dhoni is a fine leader, at the sametime we need to give credit to Stephen Fleming for fine tuning his leadership skills. Stephen Fleming is a great captain that cricket had produced, he lead the team which had only few stars (Vettor & Cairns). Amount of fight newzealand showed is a great achivement by Fleming. Dhoni is lucky to work with fleming for last six years in the IPL.

  • POSTED BY supadupamonk on | June 29, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Dhoni should try and test the bench strength of the team for sure..especially bowlers..no use in playing the same team which they played in CT

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Every body talking abt selectors doing good job..still scope of improving the present one day squad..yuvraj can be a valuable addition....he is still not out yet..ppl shud keep in mind that he was man of tournament in world 20 n 50 cup.....i wonder ppl talks abt lack of pace in indian bowlers and wen they are available ..selectors dont pick them....Guys like aaron and abu nechim shud be picked if not right now in india squad than atleast in india A tours..

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Windies players are liked by many of us through IPL in India..It would be great to see all of them together under Bravo as a team to fight our strong Indian team under unique MSD...Indian Pacers need to prove the world that We are not underdogs when comes to bowling department...All the best to the new bowler Shami Ahmed...@Shri2013

  • POSTED BY TANDIVI on | June 29, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Pujara is better backup for DK as 50ov match pretty much a long format these days.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | June 29, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    I think MSD can go for selective changes in team(especially bowling attack) he could replace one player per match to give them an opportunity one by one such as Shami Ahmed instead of Ishant Sharma this match, Amit Mishra instead of Ashwin next match and make sure that every bowler is tested as India's bowling is still not settled like the batting did. MSD has achieved laurels in his tenure which no Captain in the world has done. Win or Lose-Always be a Dhoni fan.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 29, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    india rockzzzz dhoni rockZz...

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    Dhoni is smart and caring captain. He wants to utilize his resources effectively and give confidence to the bench strength which is equally strong. My best to the Indian team for the tri seres in the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Great insight into the man. Its always easier to motivate a winning side than a side behind the eight ball.But as Dhoni has said... he is looking only to the next match. Your are only as good as your last match! Things can turn so quickly. Just remember when India were No.1 test side. Then we had massive thumpings at the hands of England and Australia, a few injuries,loss of form and retirements and No 1 ranking was a distant memory!!! A lot of rebuilding followed and continues. Remember ODI ranking can not be translated to test match ranking. So a lot of hard work to be done still.

  • POSTED BY RGee on | June 28, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Now Sachin needs to dropped from test side...RG

  • POSTED BY Criticalthinking on | June 28, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Hi Sautrik, Can you please let me know what Rahane has done? He played four matches in India, but he has scored just 55 runs (avg 13.75) Player M Inn Notout Runs Best Avg AM Rahane (India) 4 4 0 55 47 13.75

    But look at Murali vijay's stats. Player M Inn Notout Runs Best Avg 100's 50's M Vijay (India) 4 7 0 430 167 61.42 2 1 Please tell me now. Who should play in the Indian team?

  • POSTED BY VipinGangwar on | June 28, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Selectors deserve a lot of praise. Players like Zaheer, Gambhir and now Sehwag too had been a burden for a while, though they had proved in past at crunch situations. Still there is a chance to further strengthen the squad by picking Pujara. Even Yuvraj is a better aspect than DK. He is a far better batsman than DK. And Pacers has yet to prove their consistency. Dhoni is always good. He is a treasure to Indian Cricket.

    Good going Team India.

  • POSTED BY Sautrik on | June 28, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    this indian team is great and the BCCI selectors has rightly decided to let the champions trophy team feature in the tri series. however, while the playing 11 should stay put, someone really needs to remove murali vijay from that squad of 15 and pick a real batsman instead. also , I totally agree with SensibleCricket, Rohit Sharma has more to prove to solidify his position in the team. How about completing the squad by picking tiwari or rahane instead of vijay?

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    "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"..Most sensible comment by a matured Indian Captain....Indian fans don't want anything less than a victory, each the team take the field....

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | June 28, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    MSD your spirituality shines brightly and is reflected in your service to Indian cricket. Jai Shree Ram.

  • POSTED BY SensibleCricket on | June 28, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Dhoni always awes me with his ability to look at the 'softer' side of cricket."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." That is one of the best insight a captain can have into his team's mental state....and many captains simply fail to see that and create such an environment. That's what makes him so special - it's a god's gift and great upbringing! Many people are rating this series as "next-to-nothing", however, I think this is an extremely important series from India's viewpoint because they need to keep that momentum going and build confidence within this team - plus our middle order needs some match practice...Also we must not be in a hurry to call Rohit Shrma our new-found solution to the opening woes - I could sense discomfort in the last few matches I watched him play...surviving mainly on luck!

  • POSTED BY ArvindKejriwal_mfpatel810rediff on | June 28, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    I hope that Yuvraj regains his form and fitness and is selected in place of Kartik in this ODI/T20 team. No disrespect to D.Kartik but he is better of replacing Dhoni in test matches since he can score big in tests. This way Kartik gets to serve India as WK-Batter in tests...also this will reduce Dhoni workload is limited to ODI/T20 till WC2015. Ishant needs to improve or if Shami proves to be better bowler the BHuv-Shami should be opening bowlers with Yadav/Aron as third pacer.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Dhoni will have a lot of pressure to win this tri-series after conquering world tournament in UK. But he has amazing talent in leading a team, so hoping India will be champion again.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    no doubt india gave a tremendous show in the recent ct in uk.....bt the main goal a head is wc2015.....current playing eleven is very good but there is a lack of potential in the bench....i think dhoni should focus more on the reserve bench...shami ahmed could be a best pick into playing eleven....also the new opening pair should continue their form...by only one series we cant certify that they replace sachin/ganguly or sehwag/gambhir duo....my personal opinion is to send karthik in opening slot and keep rohit down....we can see raina failing in ct 2013 mainly because his job is taken by karthik....with wc2015 ahead raina is a crucial batsman in middle order...not that rohit is not performing but the way karthik plays and by his shot selection, he is more suitable as an opener which he has done many times in the past....dhoni can even get yuvi into the team and rotate yuvi/rohit/raina for that 4th n 5th places...this also makes reserve bench strong...spin department is excellent....

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | June 28, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    @ pull_shot - excellent suggestion but that would mean dhoni has to move away from his philosophy of playing with a settled XI as long as he can. But I agree we need to bring in more younger players and create a pool of 20 by 2015. Keep rotating the players with a fixed core.

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | June 28, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    I think tournaments like these india should extra 2 or 3 non-playing players who r under 21 surely to develop their skills under team guidance and mingle with team which can come good in coming years example : Uchand,sandeep sharma

  • POSTED BY ADARSH100 on | June 28, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Clearly Dhoni is an outstanding character,player and captain. A captain that holds the most number of titles in all format of cricket. ICC T20 world cup ICC world cup ICC Champions Trophy 1st rank in Test for 18 months 1st rank in ODIs 2 times IPL champion(CSK) 1 time champion in Champions League.

    His character is also very good and he never boasts of anything and always look for the next match. He achieved alot that all the captains in world cricket wish for. Ricky Ponting was a great captain but now Dhoni proved he is above Punter. He has tackled the team which was in transition and now he grooms it for the future. Best of Luck Dhoni and team.. Hope Dhoni wil acheive more and take India to great heights. Hope 2015 worldcup will be lift by Dhoni again :)

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | June 28, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Good speech by Dhoni. There is no better way of winning by enjoying the wins as a team. In the end financial reward will come through on its own. The comment on sharpen your skills if you are not in the playing eleven is excellent. In this series I hope Raina and Karthik will step up as they had a quite CT.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    India should remember that unlike most teams, their fans & media are extreme and unforgiving. One loss and everything prior is forgotten and the criticisms begin. It is also true that a grand victory and the vice versa happens. Extremely fickle and sky-high pressure, hawk-eyes always on them. Extreme praising is very dangerous as that is always followed by extreme criticisms during adverse conditions. These are but the traits of a typical Indian media, fans and the captain bears the brunt of these all the time. Odi priority is ultimately to perform well in the WC for all teams. But there is no doubt that a winning team doesn't peak 2 years before the WC (except for the all conquering Aus earlier). Many things happen in just one year! So unless this team faces obstacles and faces some dip in form, they wouldnt peak within some months before the world cup. Currently, I'm thrilled to see the way India played this month.

  • POSTED BY maghas on | June 28, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Very Good opportunity for the youngsters to come good under the great leadership of Captain Cool MSD. All the best team India

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 28, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    I don't think it is time to experiment. In my opinion India should learn to inculcate winning culture. Very rarely do we see an Indian team winning 5 ODIs in a trott. Otherwise for the sake of experimenting we may lose few matches & will be back to square one in terms of win-loss ratio & in terms of confidence. Also there isn't any major ODI tournament for which we need to test our bench strength. Its time to make winning a habit & once that is achieved experimentation can be done like the Aus team of past decade... In my opinion rotating should be done only incase of injury or fatigue factor. Also the Ishants, Irfans, Vinay Kumars and other pacers are not good enough to straightaway force their ways into the team after sitting out... Thats what I feel...

  • POSTED BY dishNub on | June 28, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    One of the most inconsequential series ever. Get rid of these matches that nobody gives a damn about and play a meaningful test series instead.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 28, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Ofcourse he is. Still he is the best capt. in the world of cricketm

  • POSTED BY itismenithin on | June 28, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    A great opportunity for team to look into their bench strength

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  • POSTED BY itismenithin on | June 28, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    A great opportunity for team to look into their bench strength

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 28, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Ofcourse he is. Still he is the best capt. in the world of cricketm

  • POSTED BY dishNub on | June 28, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    One of the most inconsequential series ever. Get rid of these matches that nobody gives a damn about and play a meaningful test series instead.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 28, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    I don't think it is time to experiment. In my opinion India should learn to inculcate winning culture. Very rarely do we see an Indian team winning 5 ODIs in a trott. Otherwise for the sake of experimenting we may lose few matches & will be back to square one in terms of win-loss ratio & in terms of confidence. Also there isn't any major ODI tournament for which we need to test our bench strength. Its time to make winning a habit & once that is achieved experimentation can be done like the Aus team of past decade... In my opinion rotating should be done only incase of injury or fatigue factor. Also the Ishants, Irfans, Vinay Kumars and other pacers are not good enough to straightaway force their ways into the team after sitting out... Thats what I feel...

  • POSTED BY maghas on | June 28, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Very Good opportunity for the youngsters to come good under the great leadership of Captain Cool MSD. All the best team India

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    India should remember that unlike most teams, their fans & media are extreme and unforgiving. One loss and everything prior is forgotten and the criticisms begin. It is also true that a grand victory and the vice versa happens. Extremely fickle and sky-high pressure, hawk-eyes always on them. Extreme praising is very dangerous as that is always followed by extreme criticisms during adverse conditions. These are but the traits of a typical Indian media, fans and the captain bears the brunt of these all the time. Odi priority is ultimately to perform well in the WC for all teams. But there is no doubt that a winning team doesn't peak 2 years before the WC (except for the all conquering Aus earlier). Many things happen in just one year! So unless this team faces obstacles and faces some dip in form, they wouldnt peak within some months before the world cup. Currently, I'm thrilled to see the way India played this month.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | June 28, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Good speech by Dhoni. There is no better way of winning by enjoying the wins as a team. In the end financial reward will come through on its own. The comment on sharpen your skills if you are not in the playing eleven is excellent. In this series I hope Raina and Karthik will step up as they had a quite CT.

  • POSTED BY ADARSH100 on | June 28, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Clearly Dhoni is an outstanding character,player and captain. A captain that holds the most number of titles in all format of cricket. ICC T20 world cup ICC world cup ICC Champions Trophy 1st rank in Test for 18 months 1st rank in ODIs 2 times IPL champion(CSK) 1 time champion in Champions League.

    His character is also very good and he never boasts of anything and always look for the next match. He achieved alot that all the captains in world cricket wish for. Ricky Ponting was a great captain but now Dhoni proved he is above Punter. He has tackled the team which was in transition and now he grooms it for the future. Best of Luck Dhoni and team.. Hope Dhoni wil acheive more and take India to great heights. Hope 2015 worldcup will be lift by Dhoni again :)

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | June 28, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    I think tournaments like these india should extra 2 or 3 non-playing players who r under 21 surely to develop their skills under team guidance and mingle with team which can come good in coming years example : Uchand,sandeep sharma

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | June 28, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    @ pull_shot - excellent suggestion but that would mean dhoni has to move away from his philosophy of playing with a settled XI as long as he can. But I agree we need to bring in more younger players and create a pool of 20 by 2015. Keep rotating the players with a fixed core.