Wellington, Mar 27 - India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes that veteran spinner Daniel Vettori will be the key player for New Zealand in the high octane trans-Tasman World Cup final against Australia on Sunday in Melbourne.
India ended their title defence after losing to Australia by 95 runs in the second semifinal clash in Sydney on Thursday.
Describing Vettori as the 'key factor', Dhoni said that Vettori's performance would be crucial because he was somebody in the middle overs who could really get wickets, Stuff. co. nz reported.
Melbourne - Yuvraj Singh's 15 wickets in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup was one of the major factors which contributed to Mahendra Singh Dhoni lifting the coveted trophy but the Indian captain says last edition's 'Player of The Tournament' is no longer as effective as he used to be in the current set-up.
Dhoni points to the change in field restrictions (with only four fielders outside the 30-yard circle) being precisely the reason why India lost "Yuvraj Singh, the handy left-arm spinner."
Wellington, Mar 14 : India finished on top of Pool B without conceding a single defeat in the group stage as they clinched a six-wicket win over Zimbabwe in a thrilling encounter at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.
The match saw Zimbabwean skipper Brendon Taylor knocking a splendid ton in his last ODI outing for the country and Suresh Raina scoring his maiden World Cup ton for India.
Put into bat first, Zimbabwe recovered from a shaky start to put up a respectable total of 287 runs before they were all bowled out with seven balls remaining.
Wellington, Mar 10 : As India recorded its fifth straight win in the ongoing World Cup to finish on top of Pool 'B' with one game left in hand, skipper Mahindra Singh Dhoni has revealed how their bowlers have finally found the 'good line and length' in their bowling that has kept the team on a winning run in the tournament so far.
Backing the bowlers, Dhoni said that players are the same, only their results have changed, while at the same time he insisted that it has nothing to do with him surrendering the Test captaincy.
New Delhi, Mar. 10 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated Indian cricket team for winning the World Cup match against Ireland at Hamilton.
Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter to send his congratulatory message.
"Superb all-round performance. Congrats Team India! Keep up the momentum," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
India beat Ireland by eight wickets register their fifth win in the ICC World Cup 2015.
Perth: A regular saviour under tough circumstances for the Indian cricket team, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni says he also feels the pressure like others but manages the rescue acts as he knows how to get out of potentially dangerous situations.
Dhoni's unbeaten 45 was the cornerstone of India's patchy four-wicket win against the West Indies in a World Cup pool match at the WACA yesterday.
Perth: There is not much the bowlers or a captain can do when batsmen of the calibre of AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle are on song, says India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the defending champions prepare to clash with the West Indies on Friday.
South African captain De Villiers and West Indies' Gayle are two such players which would have kept Dhoni worried and required him to make some planning.
Karachi, Feb 24 : An ardent Chicago based Pakistani cricket fan has admitted that he would leave no stone unturned in terms of supporting Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to retain the World Cup title.
Mohammad Bashir, who replaced 'Chacha Cricket' as the unofficial mascot for the Pakistani team, is widely recognized for supporting Pakistan almost everywhere they play.
Bashir, who runs a restaurant in Chicago, said that at the 2014 World T20, he could not get any tickets for any of the matches, so Dhoni arranged a complimentary ticket of the final for him.
Melbourne: An overwhelming win over Pakistan may have brought a lot of cheer to the Indian cricket team after an indifferent 'Australian Summer', but there are a few grey areas that are yet to be addressed by the side, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's poor run with the bat.
Therefore, it was not really surprising to see the captain spending some quality time with Team Director Ravi Shastri during India's training session at the St Kilda's Junction Oval ground, on Wednesday.
Chandigarh, Feb 16 : Cricketer Yuvraj Singh's father Yograj Singh on Monday blamed Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his son's omission from the World Cup squad, alleging that the wicketkeeper-captain had 'betrayed' the southpaw.
"I want to ask, what problem does Mahendra Singh Dhoni have with Yuvraj Singh. Today, even after playing for India for 15 years, even after winning 90 percent of the matches for India, playing with Dhoni to win many tournaments and playing for the country despite cancer, why is he behaving with Yuvraj in such a manner," Yograj told mediapersons here.
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