Wellington [New Zealand], Oct.24 : New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham is full of praise for India's limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and swashbuckling batsman Virat Kohli, after the duo stitched a huge 151-run partnership to guide their side to an emphatic seven-wicket win in the third ODI of the five-match series in Mohali last evening.
The 26-year-old, who was brought in the squad as a replacement for Anton Devcich, believes that it was not his side who bowled poorly, but it was the Indian duo who batted outstandingly.
"We fought pretty hard with the bat to get what was a slightly below par total. I don't think we bowled that badly in the second half of the game, but the way Virat and MS batted was outstanding," Neesham was quoted as saying by Stuff.co.nz.
Dharamsala [India], Oct. 17 : Asserting that Indian cricket is very different from that of other foreign teams, limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has asserted that instead of following the West, emphasis should be put on what is good for the team and how it could be turned into a successful one.
"About the split captaincy, I think we look at the West a lot. I remember about a few years back, we were talking about split captaincy and now we are talking about why we are having split captaincy. So, I think a lot of times we look at the foreign teams as to what they are doing and what we should be doing that way," Dhoni said at the press meet at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.
Wellington, Feb 16 - India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that his side can still improve, despite claiming that their win against Pakistan was to quite extent a very complete game for all of them.
India beat Pakistan by 76 runs at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday to start their World Cup campaign on a winning note. Since arriving in Australia in November, India had only won one match, a practise game against Afghanistan, and they were under pressure.
And skipper Dhoni knew that it was important for India to avoid losing to Pakistan in their opening World Cup match. After the victory, Dhoni said that he felt the guys did really well because a World Cup opening game against Pakistan is a high-stake game, Stuff. co. nz reported.
Johannesburg, Jan 31 - India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has insisted that his team would be ready and come back stronger for the defence of their World Cup title, despite ending a miserable tour of Australia without securing a single win.
India bowed out of the ODI tri-series with another poor batting effort, which fated them to defeat in their clash with England at the WACA Ground in Perth. Sent in to bat, India were dismissed for 200 and although England stumbled early, they recovered to edge their way to 201 for seven and win with 19 balls to spare.
England would now face Australia in Sunday's final at the same venue.
Melbourne : Back at the helm after retiring from Tests, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday said his team will look for an encore when they start their title defence at the World Cup beginning next month.
"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.
Ranchi/Vadodara, Jan. 1 - Fans of Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took to streets in Ranchi and Vadodara yesterday to urge him to reconsider his decision to retire from Test cricket.
" Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not only Jharkhand's, but also India's pride. The players of the Jharkhand State Disabled Cricket Association and other people here are demanding that he change his decision. It is difficult to even think of cricket without him," said Hiten Bharadwaj a fan of Dhoni's who is based in Ranchi.
London, Dec 31 - Twitter was bombarded with tweets from cricketers as they praised Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his retirement from Test cricket following the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
After the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the news of Dhoni's retirement from Test cricket on its Twitter account, fans immediately reacted on Twitter with shock. However, Indian cricketers lauded their skipper for the bold decision.
Melbourne, Dec 30 : Indian cricket team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced his retirement from Test Cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of Cricket.
Dhoni, who led India to the number one position in the Test rankings, has chosen to retire from Test Cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate on ODI and T20 formats.
Releasing a statement, BCCI thanked Dhoni for his enormous contribution to Test Cricket and the laurels that he has brought to India.
Virat Kohli will be the captain of the Indian Team for the Fourth and Final Test against Australia to be played in Sydney from the 6th of January 2015. (ANI)
Sydney, December 20 : Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has blamed worn-out practice wickets at Brisbane for causing unrest in the dressing room after losing the second Test against Australia at Gabba.
Opener Shikhar was unable to resume his innings on the fourth day as he was rushed for scans after he was hit on the right wrist during warm up.
Speaking at the post match presentation, Dhoni said that the first session was a big debacle for them and had a lack of communication in their dressing room over whether Shikhar would go into batting or Virat.
Mumbai, Nov 10 : Skipper M S Dhoni has been rested for the remaining two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka and the first Test against Australia to be played in Brisbane to recover from a right wrist injury.
Virat Kohli will lead the side in his absence.
Dhoni had earlier opted out of the first three games of the five-match series against Sri Lanka, citing the need for a break to freshen up ahead of the tour of Australia and the World Cup.
Meanwhile, the selectors have named Karnataka batsman K L Rahul and Railways leg spinner Karn Sharma and Uttar Pradesh south paw Suresh Raina in the 19-member Test squad.
New Delhi: Lauding Virat Kohli for agreeing to drop a rung in the batting order for the team's sake, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the strategy used in the second ODI against the West Indies here could be continued as the batsman adjusted well to the change.
Kohli (62), who registered his 31st ODI fifty to return to form, stitched a crucial 105-run fourth-wicket partnership with Suresh Raina (62) to help India put up a respectable 263 for seven in 50 overs. The hosts eventually levelled the five-match series 1-1 by winning the match by 48 runs.
Kochi: Barring Bhuvneshwar Kumar all the Indian bowlers leaked runs in the first ODI against West Indies, but home team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has backed his underfire bowling attack despite crashing to an embarrassing 124-run loss in the series opener here.
India paid the price for some mediocre bowling as the Caribbeans, who were on the verge of boycotting the ODI, rode on Marlon Samuels' career-best equalling 126 not out to post a mammoth 321 for six at the Nehru Stadium yesterday.
Hyderabad : Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his side played a "complete game" to beat Kings XI Punjab and enter the Champions League T20 final here on Thursday.
"Overall I think it was a complete game for us," said Dhoni after Chennai beat Punjab by 65 runs to enter the CLT20 final for the second time.
"I think Faf's (du Plessis) innings was very crucial along with Bravo (Dwayne). Faf was rotating very well and he eased the pressure off Bravo," he said of Bravo and du Plessis who smashed 67 and 46 runs respectively.
Bangalore : His team might have registered a crushing 54-run win over Dolphins here but Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday indicated that it would need to improve its bowling to win the Oppo Champions League Twenty20.
"If you want to win tournaments you have to come up with better performances, our batsmen won't score 240 every time," Dhoni said in the presentation ceremony at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
New Delhi: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s statement that coach Duncan Fletcher continues to remain the `boss` of the team and will stay till the 2015 World Cup has prompted a livid BCCI to take up the matter at the next Working Committee meeting.
The BCCI top brass is fuming at Dhoni`s comments at the pre-match press conference in Bristol, saying that the captain has "over-stepped his brief" and has no business to decide the tenure of coaches.
Johannesburg, Aug 15 : India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has defended his decision to take a day off in the run-up to the fifth and final Test against England at The Oval, saying that he felt like it.
Dhoni did not train with India, 2-1 down in the five-match Test series against England with one match left to play, on Wednesday but was back at The Oval on Thursday.
Dhoni said that the decision to take a day off was personal and that's why it was a day off. He added that he felt like taking a day off, and took one, Sport24 reported.
London: Former Indian wicket-keeping great Farokh Engineer has questioned skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s ploy to stand back against spinner Ravindra Jadeja during the second Test at Lord`s.
India won by 95 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-Test series against England.
"Standing back to Ravindra Jadeja didn`t make sense at all," said Engineer.
New Delhi: Former India captain Rahul Dravid said that there is no need to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni as suggested by former Australian skipper Ian Chappell because the team has "progressed" well under the able leadership of the Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman.
"Dhoni is the right man to take India forward as we have been making progress and going forward under him. A lot of people keep complaining about the past losses in England and Australia (2011-12). But now he has a young team and is doing a good job. As far as Virat (Kohli) is concerned, his time will come," Dravid told mediapersons via conference call from London.
Johannesburg, July 15 : Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has insisted that he wants the squad exposed to the English conditions during the remainder of their five-match series against England after the first Test ended in a draw.
The tourists ground out a draw, on a pitch that was arguably slower and lower than many Indian surfaces, against England in the first Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday.
Dhoni said that he always has maintained that when one comes to a country they want to play on a wicket that is the specialty of that country, Sport24 reported.
New Delhi, April 23 : Actors John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri, along with Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, have come together in a new campaign - Live with Fire - to encourage people to stay fit.
Fitness brand Reebok India announced the launch of its new campaign titled 'Live with Fire' Wednesday. It features Dhoni, Nargis and John and the campaign encourages people to stay 'fit for life’ through a series of activities.