Dhoni urges team to focus on the future

2015 World Cup

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has told to his team to forget about their dismal tour of Australia, as they look ahead to their World Cup clash with rivals Pakistan in Adelaide on Sunday.

India have been in Australia for nearly three months and have not won a a single international match on tour, including four Tests against the home team and an ODI tri-series, also involving England.

Dhoni did admit to there being more intensity in India-Pakistan clashes, but said it could just be the sort of game to kickstart their World Cup campaign.

The wicketkeeper said: "There is more intensity when we play Pakistan because the game is followed by so many fans. But I see it as a good platform for the team to perform.

"We need to forget the past and try not to make the same mistakes. It's been a long summer but the positive thing is that we have got used to the conditions. The boys are looking good.

"I can also proudly announce that all 15 are fit and available for selection, unless something happens between now and tomorrow."

Dhoni also downplayed India's good record in their matches with Pakistan in 50-over World Cups. India has beaten their rivals in the last five matches dating back to 1992.

The India skipper said: "The important thing is to plan well and execute those plans well. I don't know if it will be an even contest. It is hard to predict such things."

 

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