Dhoni confident of winning Champions Trophy

June 19th, 2008 - 8:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, June 19 (IANS) India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is confident that his team will carry on the good form to win the Champions Trophy in Pakistan in September. “The Indian team did very well in limited-overs cricket in 2007-08. Winning the one-day series in Australia was a monumental achievement. Not only did we beat the World Cup winners, but also Sri Lanka, which was runner-up in the Caribbean.

“We would like to continue in the same vein and take the Champions Trophy home with us to India,” Dhoni said in a statement

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik also said that his team, after lifting the Kitply Cup tri-series, is ready to give its best to win the tournament on home turf. Incidentally Pakistan defeated India to win the tri-series in Bangladesh.

“It is my dream to captain my country to victory in the ICC Champions Trophy on home soil and my team will be doing everything we can to convert this dream into reality,” he said.

“I am sure that there will be a fantastic atmosphere for all the games and that the people of Pakistan will make it a happy and memorable event,” he added.

Malik also said that defeating India last week showed that they are in a good form.

“I think this could be one of the most closely contested tournaments for a long time,” he said.

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