MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI

  • World Cup: India drawing plans for death-over batting Yesterday

    Perth: It has been a near-flawless performance by the Indian cricket team in the ongoing ICC World Cup but there is one grey area that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the team management would quickly like to address before the side gets ready for the all-important knock-out stage of the...
  • World Cup: 'Dummy catch' to 'Fielding match', Team India does it all 2 days ago

    Perth: Innovation is the name of the game if one wants to beat drudgery of mundane training sessions as Team India showed on Wednesday during their 75-minute fielding session with drills that had the cricketers interested and enjoyed every bit of it. There weren't any ground breaking new methods deployed at...
  • Vasai's Swapnil Patil all geared to play against Dhoni and Co. 2 days ago

    Mumbai: When Swapnil Patil steps on to the field wearing the United Arab Emirates colours against Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men in their World Cup tie, his near and dear ones here would root for him but they would support the Men in Blue. "We would like him and UAE...
  • Never in my wildest dream I thought of such big win: Sunil Gavaskar 3 days ago

    Perth: Lavishing praise on Team India for defeating South Africa in the cricket World Cup, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar on Monday said he never thought in his wildest dream that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men would beat the Proteas by such a huge margin. Defending champions India crushed South Africa by 130...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Flexibility is Rahane's key strength, says MS Dhoni 4 days ago

    Perth: Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that talented Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane is one player who has improved by leaps and bounds in recent times and is ready to don any hat for the team's cause. His 60-ball-79 against South Africa was equally important in the final context of...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Teams will now take India's bowling seriously 4 days ago

    Two clinical but extremely convincing wins has set the ball rolling in the right direction for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men. The much assailed Indian bowling line-up would undoubtedly be the most discussed topic hereon in the team meetings of most countries in the tournament. More than the talent that the...
  • Cricket fraternity hails India's big win over SA 5 days ago

    Melbourne: As India broke a long-standing World Cup jinx against South Africa on Sunday, appreciation and congratulatory messages poured in from the cricket fraternity which hailed the team's "terrific" all-round performance in front of a packed MCG. Riding on another strong batting display powered by Shikhar Dhawan's strokeful century, India today...
  • World Cup: Short of runs, Dhoni inspects MCG track before SA clash 6 days ago

    Melbourne: Call it by fate or by design, Mahendra Singh Dhoni probably shares a different kind of bonding with the Melbourne Cricket Ground as it was again evident on Saturday, a day before India's second group league encounter against South Africa in the World Cup. Exactly 52 days back, Dhoni had...
  • Cricket World Cup: Tougher test awaits India against South Africa, says Ajit Agarkar 6 days ago

    New Delhi: India may have been impressive in their World Cup opener against Pakistan, but former pacer Ajit Agarkar feels a sterner test awaits Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side when they take on a much stronger South Africa in their second pool match on Sunday. "You will always get a tougher test...
  • World Cup 2015: It will be India's batting vs South Africa's bowling 1 week ago

    I will start this column by stating the facts: South Africa has never lost to India in an ICC Cricket World Cup fixture. I will also qualify that statement by adding these two teams have only played each other three times in ICC's pinnacle tournament and all three games have...
  • ICC World Cup: Seeking runs, Dhoni gets batting advice from Ravi Shastri 1 week ago

    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...
  • MS Dhoni fails to collect 'souvenir' bail after Pakistan victory February 16, 2015

    Everyone is aware of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's penchant for collecting stumps as souvenirs after every India win but just like last year's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, he won't be able to collect any during the ongoing ODI World Cup irrespective of his team's victories. The World Cup in Australia and New...
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni hails 'complete game', Misbah-ul-Haq seeks to forget February 16, 2015

    Adelaide: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hoped Sunday's World Cup win over Pakistan will serve as a "benchmark" for his team, but refused to gloat over the unbeaten tournament record against their arch-rivals. "This was a complete game and should serve as a benchmark for the rest of the tournament," Dhoni...
  • MS Dhoni, the leader, will be key to India's fortunes: Chandu Borde February 8, 2015

    New Delhi: The class of 2011 overlooked, former captain and chief selector Chandu Borde says India's fortune in the upcoming World Cup will largely depend on the way their experienced skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni leads the bunch, which is a mix of youth and experience. The defending champions head into the...
  • Abhishek Bachchan congratulates Mahendra Singh Dhoni on becoming a father February 8, 2015

    Mumbai: Actor Abhishek Bachchan has welcomed Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to 'the club' of fatherhood. Dhoni's wife Sakshi gave birth to a daughter at a private hospital in Gurgaon Friday. "Congratulations to @msdhoni and Sakshi on the arrival of their angel. Welcome to the club guys. Good bless," Abhishek tweeted....
  • Team India lacks consistency, feels Srinivas Venkataraghavan February 5, 2015

    Chennai: Former India captain Srinivas Venkataraghavan is of the opinion that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team lacks consistency and expressed concerns at the "unstable" opening combination going into the upcoming World Cup. India's run-up to the quadrennial extravaganza has been far from impressive, with the team failing to win a single international...
  • Pressure will be on India in opener against Pakistan: Venkatapathy Raju February 4, 2015

    New Delhi: India may have never lost to Pakistan in a World Cup but former spinner Venkatapathy Raju feels that being the defending champions the pressure will be on the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team when it faces off against the arch-rivals in their opening game in Adelaide. "India have done better...
  • Cricket expert? Tell us your four World Cup semi-finalists February 4, 2015

    India's form isn't great, New Zealand peaking just at the right time, Pakistan stay unpredictable, beating Australia at home is tough. Hang on! Don't take the minnows lightly. Will the favourites make it to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-finals? You tell us by selecting your top four....
  • Team India quits cricket for a while to rejuvenate February 3, 2015

    New Delhi: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has decided to completely unwind and take his mind away from cricket before the ICC World Cup as he along with three team-mates have left for an adventure park in the outskirts of Adelaide on a "two-day trekking and fishing trip". The wicketkeeper-batsman along...
  • Expect something special from Dhoni at World Cup February 3, 2015

    MS Dhoni may be having a tough time getting his team back to the winning ways in Australia, but former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming feels the influential India skipper could turn out to be the go-to man in his team's World Cup title defence. Writing in his column for the...
  • World Cup side notes: Cricketers and their superstitions February 3, 2015

    There are few spheres of life other than sports, which urge us to cling to strange superstitions and rituals. Sportspersons, since long, fall for strange routines, habits and superstitions that they believe are necessary to psyche them up ahead of a contest and also enhance their performance levels. And cricketers...
  • 'Dhoni prime example of a disciplined cricketer' February 2, 2015

    New Delhi: In the age of cricket where on-field verbal spats between opposition players are an everyday affair, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the prime example of a disciplined player who has played the sport in the right spirit, feels former India opener Aakash Chopra. The recent series between India...
  • Will Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 'switch off' theory work for India? February 2, 2015

    It's not an ideal scenario for a team preparing for its World Cup title defence when it hasn't tasted victory for more than two months, that too on the same soil where they have to defend their crown. But India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says time off from the game...
  • Team India down but not out for the count February 1, 2015

    In the past, Indian teams overseas have donned haunted, hunted visages. They have looked shell-shocked, uncertain, hesitant, weighed down by one defeat after another. They have shunned eye contact with people beyond their cocoon of despair and negativity, bogged down by their incapacities, racked by self-doubt. To travel overseas, the...
  • Advantage India if wickets are slow and low in World Cup: Dravid January 28, 2015

    Mumbai: Former India captain Rahul Dravid on Thursday said that the upcoming World Cup is going to be a challenge for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team, which should hope for the Australian and New Zealand wickets to remain slow and supportive of spin. "It's going to be a challenge, it is...
  • India's five worries ahead of England shootout January 28, 2015

    It's a no-brainer for India and England. A simple equation. Win and go through to play Australia in the final. The two teams, however, took opposite routes to set up a straight shootout. England beat India fair and square in their first meeting, while India, having lost two games in...
  • For some, World Cup 2015 may end up as a swan song January 27, 2015

    Since the first edition in 1975 to the last in 2011, the cricket World Cup has always served as the biggest platform for each participating teams and their players to showcase their talent. From Clive Lloyd lifting the Cup in 1975 to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's trophy-clinching six at the Wankhede...
  • Dhoni wishes his hockey team ahead of HIL January 21, 2015

    Bhubaneswar: India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni may well be playing the tri-series Down Under, but he hasn't forgotten to wish his team, Ranchi Rays, ahead of the Hockey India League (HIL), which begins here on Thursday. Rays' captain and penalty corner specialist Ashley Jackson said on Wednesday that though he...
  • Dhoni said this is our core team for next 7-8 yrs: Wriddhiman Saha January 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Being Mahendra Singh Dhoni's understudy for the past four years has taught Wriddhiman Saha the virtue of patience and he said Dhoni had predicted after walking into Test sunset that the current bunch will form the core of the Indian cricket team for the next 7-8 years. "MS addressed...