Dhoni confident of good showing against West IndiesJune 19th, 2009 - 9:33 pm ICT by IANS
Port-of-Spain, June 19 (IANS) Putting behind their World Twenty20 debacle, the 16-member Indian cricket team arrived here Friday from London for the four-match one-day series starting June 26.
The Indian team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni arrived without key players Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan.
Dhoni sounded confident and said that India will atone for its early exit from the World Twenty20 by putting up a good show against the West Indies. The first two matches will be played at Kingston in Jamaica June 26 and 28, while the next two matches would be played in St. Lucia on July 3 and 5.
“When it comes to playing for your country you don’t really need motivation to go out and perform. West Indies is playing good cricket at the moment. They are having a very good World Twenty20, but in the 50 overs, you have time to settle down,” said Dhoni.
“After playing so many Twenty20 games, 50 overs seems like a Test match,” quipped Dhoni.
Coach Gary Kirsten admitted the experienced players would be missed but said it was the time for youngsters to make the best of the opportunities.
“You’re always going to miss them because they are great players, but it’s a great opportunity for a tour of this nature for young players to show what they’re made of,” said Kirsten.
“We’re looking to those young players for the future as well. This is a great opportunity for these guys to stake their claim,” he said.
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