Dhoni upbeat about scheduling and Sachin

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 19:45 PM IST

Zeecric Bureau

Bangalore: Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni exuded confidence for the upcoming World Cup and said that the team’s experience, schedule and conditions of the tournament and the presence of Sachin Tendulkar augured well with the team’s plans of raising the coveted trophy.

Addressing a press conference in Bangalore where the team has set up camp for their World Cup preparation, Dhoni said, “We want to win World Cup as it might be Sachin’s last. We have talented youngsters who can change the course of the game and there are many players who have more than three-four years of international exposure.”

Talking about the difference between the ODI team of 2007 World Cup where India crashed out early and this outfit, Dhoni said, “The team has experience. The dressing room looks better, improved, it does not mean that the last one was not good. The schedule is good, we have a good fan following. It is unfortunate that Praveen missed out due to injury. Injuries can’t be predicted.”

Dhoni also cleared the air that the current coach South African Gary Kirsten would not continue after the mega-event saying, “World Cup will be Kirsten’s last assignment as coach.”

On being asked about the right team combination, he said “We have to look at the venue where we are playing. If there are people fighting for the same spot, it is a good thing because the player who is picked is going to be the best in those conditions”

The World Cup begins on Feb 19 with the opening tie between co-hosts India and Bangladesh.