Will work hard to retain World Cup in 2015: Dhoni

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Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 16:12 [IST]
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Dhoni to work hard to defend World Cup

Melbourne, July 30: India captain MS Dhoni on Tuesday said the team will be "working very hard" to defend the World Cup title in 2015.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the schedule for the 2015 World Cup which will be held in Australia and New Zealand. At the official launch ceremony held simultaneously in Melbourne and Wellington, the groups, venues and fixtures were announced on Tuesday. It will be held from February 14 to March 29, 2015.

India and Pakistan are in Pool B while hosts Australia and New Zealand are in Pool A. There are 14 teams in the tournament. India are the holders of the trophy having won in Mumbai in 2011.

Dhoni, who led India to World Cup glory, is hoping to make it a double in two years' time.

"It only seems like yesterday that we won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in front of a passionate and supportive home crowd.

"World Cup is a very special event for every cricketer because it only takes place every four years. Having tasted success in Mumbai in 2011, we'll be working very hard to retain it," Dhoni said on Tuesday.

"I'm keenly looking forward to the tournament and confident that we'll do well. Our recent victory in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 has provided the team with a lot of confidence, and I am sure this experience will help us in our preparations for the World Cup in 2015," he added.

India have won the World Cup twice, first in 1983 in England and then 28 years later at home.


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