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Dhoni calls for improved show from batsmen

Posted by Naif in Dhoni, Team India on February 18th, 2008

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has blamed his batsmen for India’s 50-run loss in Adelaide, and asked them to show more responsibility and consistency through the rest of the tournament. “The batsmen should have taken the initiative and been more careful about their shot selection,” Dhoni said after India’s second successive loss in the CB Series.

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Dhoni defends Yuvraj’s selection ahead of Sehwag

Posted by Naif in Dhoni, Team India on February 18th, 2008

Yuvraj Singh may have squandered yet another chance to impress but his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni insists he has not made any mistake by picking the out-of-form left-hander ahead of swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag.

Going through a prolonged slump in form, Yuvraj on Sunday contributed 26 and looked in discomfort before Brad Hogg removed him.

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The artist formerly known as the prince

Posted by Naif in Team India on February 16th, 2008

Gary Kirsten thinks its about belief, Mahendra Singh Dhoni attributes it to pressure, Kapil Dev has called for more time, Michael Clarke feels a comeback is imminent, and some experts have said a break is the best option. A Bollywood actress’ name keeps cropping up. With every match, every new failure, the Yuvraj Singh conundrum is dissected further.

Yuvraj’s slide has been one of the themes of the Australian summer, one where he has found new ways to get himself out. At the MCG last Sunday, with the game on a knife edge, he swung hard at a slow offcutter from Stuart Clark. The ball popped straight to Michael Hussey at short cover, who had been stationed in the position expressly for the purpose. A fielder was brought in and Yuvraj played straight into his hands.

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Dhoni warns team against complacency in Lee’s absence

Posted by Naif in Australia, Dhoni, Team India on February 16th, 2008

The Australians may have decided to rest their pace spearhead Brett Lee but Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday cautioned his batsmen against getting too complacent in their tri-series game.

“(Brett) Lee, of course, has been a top performer for them and has been in top form but it depends on how the bowler who replaces him perform. We wouldn’t be taking our sights off them,” Dhoni told reporters at the pre-match press conference.

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Symonds tipped to respond to race row

Posted by Naif in Australia, Controversies, General, Team India on January 31st, 2008

Australia’s Andrew Symonds has been tipped to respond in the best way to a claim he sparked cricket’s racism row, but will on Friday play an Indian side refusing to keep quiet.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Thursday voiced his side’s disappointment at India’s Harbhajan Singh having his racial abuse suspension from the second Test downgraded to a fine and of a “character assassination” of Symonds.

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Australia keen to open T20 account against India

Posted by Naif in Australia, General, Team India on January 31st, 2008

Bronze images of legends stare at you as you approach the Melbourne Cricket Ground. A sense of history is overwhelming in this hallowed arena ahead of a Twenty20 face-off.

These are, however, modern times when the game’s dynamics are changing. Sir Donald Bradman, Bill Ponsford and Dennis Lillee could well be gazing at cricket’s latest avatar when World Champion India and Australia meet in what should be a high-octane duel on Friday night.

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Ponting doubtful, Tendulkar unlikely for T20

Posted by Naif in Australia, Team India on January 31st, 2008

Even as the young India and Australia turks got ready for an explosive contest of Twenty20 at the MCG on Friday, two players who can make a significant difference despite being on the wrong side of their 30s are still to make a decision on whether they will play.

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting is nursing a sore back and keeping his fingers crossed till the start of the much-awaited game here, while master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is yet to take a call on making the Indian XI. Tendulkar has no fitness worries, but may still not walk out at the MCG on Friday.

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Do not cross your limits: Dhoni to team

Posted by Naif in Dhoni, Team India on January 31st, 2008

A day ahead of the Twenty20 encounter against Australia, India’s ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has urged his players not to exceed their limits.

However, he added that players cannot just ‘shut up and play’ as ‘chit chats’ were part of the game. ”Players know the international guidelines that are set out to be followed. Each and every player should respect it. It is the responsibility of an individual more than their skipper to know the limitations and to know where they stand,” Dhoni said.

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One-day captain Dhoni says Indians will behave

Posted by Naif in Dhoni, Team India on January 31st, 2008

Indian one-day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Thursday that he expected his players to be on their best behaviour for the remainder of the Australian tour.

The Indians play Australia in a Twenty20 match at the MCG on Friday in front of an expected 90,000 people, before taking on the hosts and Sri Lanka in a triangular one-day series.

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India confident ahead of appeal

Posted by Naif in Team India on January 27th, 2008 - Tags: , , ,

India were last night hopeful Harbhajan Singh would have his racial slur downgraded as his defence team finalised plans for tomorrow’s appeal hearing in Adelaide.

Leading Indian lawyer V.R. Manohar has led Harbhajan’s appeal against a three-Test ban for labelling Andrew Symonds a “big monkey” in a drama-filled Sydney Test.

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