Dhoni wants to erase painful Windies memories

Published: Friday, June 26, 2009, 14:04 [IST]
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Dhoni wants to erase WI memories

Kingston: India captain MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat in the first one-day international against the West Indies at Sabina Park on Friday.

The hosts, led by Chris Gayle, handed an international debut to Darren Bravo, brother of all-rounder Dwayne, while Dave Bernard also came in to the side.

For India, Ashish Nehra marked his international return after a four-year hiatus while Dinesh Karthik got the nod to open the innings along with Gautam Gambhir.


India: MS Dhoni (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh, Ashish Nehra.

West Indies: Chris Gayle (captain), Runako Morton, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Jerome Taylor, Dave Bernard, Sulieman Benn, Lionel Baker.

'2007 World Cup tragedy ' is still fresh in his mind, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants to eliminate those bad memories by winning the four-match one-day series against the West Indies.

"Of course, it is difficult thing forget, especially that 2007 World Cup. It is always tough to forget that kind of tournament. It will be important for us to do well here," Dhoni said ahead of the first match in Kingston on Friday.

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India was eliminated in the first round of 2007 world cup after the embarrassing defeats at the hands of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

A year before the World Cup debacle, the team was thrashed 4-1 by the hosts in an ODI series. Team comes to Windies after a disappointing Twenty20 World Cup campaign where the defending champions failed to even make the semi-finals.

Absence of injured players like Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan is a major concern for India.

"Injuries are never good when it comes to your key players. But now that it has happened, the only good thing is it gives a chance to see the bench's strength," Dhoni said.

India's tour of West Indies-Fixture

"When it comes to India, we have plenty of talent, but it's about adaptability. international cricket doesn't have much to do too much with talent. It's how you cope with the pressure and how you deal with the situations, how you react," he added.

The skipper hopes to assess his bench strength during the short series. "This gives them the opportunity to spend time in the middle, play a few games, get a bit of experience, see what international cricket is all about. It would be good exposure for youngsters who are part of the team right now and who have replaced the key players," he said.


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