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10 December 2023

Dhoni insists underforming India primed for World Cup

MS Dhoni of India leaves the field after being dismissed during the One Day International against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 18, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Getty)


India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni insisted Friday his team will be primed for their upcoming World Cup title defence, despite ending a miserable tour of Australia without a win.

India bowed out of the one-day international tri-series with another poor batting effort, which condemned 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.

That booked England a berth in Sunday's final against Australia at the same venue.

It ended a fruitless three-month tour for India ahead of next month's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, in which they failed to notch a win in 10 matches, including four Tests and four one-day internationals.

Dhoni conceded their batting had been a concern.

However, he expected his batsmen to regain their best form before the World Cup and said the focus would be on recharging their batteries in the coming weeks.

"From a confidence point of view we are quite good," he said.

"It has been a long tour so far but with this break now, it will really help us. The guys should be able to come back strong."