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Dhoni in dilemma over team composition

Posted by Naif in Dhoni, Team India on February 23rd, 2008

India may be keen to seal a place in the cricket tri-series final by putting it across Australia, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday admitted that getting the right composition for the crucial game was a ‘very difficult’ proposition.

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Dhoni should go slow in rebuilding process

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

One wonders what must be going in Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s mind when he asked the selectors to give him a young team sans seniors like Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. After two rain-hit matches, India defeated Australia convincingly but then lost two consecutive matches. Dhoni cannot blame the young players for the back to back defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia as he’s sound enough to understand that exuberance alone cannot win you matches, you need experience as well. Are the selectors listening?

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Skipper Dhoni hits out at sloppy India

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

Captian Mahendra Singh Dhoni last night accused his batsmen of costing India victory in the CB Series group game against Australia in Adelaide. The tourists looked on course to take the win after Australia were restricted to a paltry 203 for nine on what looked like a good batting wicket.

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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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Dhoni completes 100 dismissals, 3,000 runs

Posted by Naif in Dhoni on February 16th, 2008

India’s one-day team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni played his 100th match yesterday (12th Feb. 2008) and celebrated the occasion by becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper to complete 3,000 runs.

Dhoni, 26, has already effected 100 dismissals, which makes him the first Indian wicketkeeper to accomplish a double of 3,000 runs and 100 dismissals.

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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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