In his first media interaction since quitting Test captaincy, MSD expresses his desire to be at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the World Cup final on March 29
Melbourne: Back at the helm after retiring from Tests, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni yesterday said his team will look for an encore when they start their title defence at the World Cup beginning next month.
Members of the India ODI cricket team Umesh Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and R Ashwin during the unveiling of the new ODI jersey at Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. Pic/SDP Media via Getty Images)
"We would definitely like to repeat our performance from 2011. But the change in conditions will be a factor and we will have to play accordingly," Dhoni said at the launch of the team's new ODI kit designed by team-sponsor Nike for the upcoming season. "The Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the best venues in world cricket, irrespective of the format.
Must do better
"We will aim to do better than we have done in ODI format over the last couple of years and hopefully we will be back to play the World Cup final on March 29," he added. The bugle for the ODI season in Australia has been sounded as for the next two-plus months, fifty-over cricket will take precedence over anything else, starting with the
tri-series, involving India and England, followed by the 2015 World Cup.
India's first tri-series match is on Sunday at the MCG against Australia, while Dhoni's men will start their World Cup campaign on February 15 in Adelaide when they take on Pakistan in their first encounter. Dhoni, who had shocked the world with his retirement from the longer version of the game after the drawn third Test at the MCG, was back at the helm of the ODI team.