Thursday, 17 January, 2019

MS Dhoni still a key player for India

Cheteshwar Pujara Cheteshwar Pujara
Frederick Owens | 13 January, 2019, 11:06

In doing so, he missed the Sydney Test but returned in time for celebrations with the team which clinched a maiden series win on Australian soil.

His run productivity has dropped of late, but former captain MS Dhoni is continuing to play a key role in the Indian one-day team, heading into their series against Australia.

"Talking about the slots in the playing eleven, he said, ".more or less, the slots are pretty much taken by individuals But having said that, I feel everything will depend on the form of each player.

While speaking to media, Rohit Sharma said that nobody is guaranteed to be on the flight to England as yet and that players need to be in fine form to make sure they get a ticket to the cricket World Cup.

"Over the years, we've seen what sort of presence he [MS Dhoni] has in the dressing room, " Rohit said.

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Carey, however, is also an aggressive opening batsman in domestic T20 cricket and Finch said the selectors wanted to see what options they had in their batting order as they prepare for their World Cup defence in England later this year. "I can definitely say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers we definitely don't align with those views and those are purely individual views". Him being around the team is always helpful.

"With him (Dhoni) being around, there is calmness around the group".

".batting down the order, getting us through the line, his finishing touch is very important and he has finished so many games for us". His role is very important. "His presence around the group is a massive factor for us", said the 31-year-old right handed batsman.

India vice-captain Rohit Sharma believes that barring fitness and injury concerns, India's World Cup squad is most likely to be similar to the one named for the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand. That makes a huge difference.

"Because he's guided these two guys really well in the middle overs, how to keep things tight, the field placement and obviously he has helped the captain a lot in the field as well".

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