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ICC Champions Trophy 2013: MS Dhoni urges the team to stay focused

 

The Indian team has emerged as the only team in the tournament to enter the semi-finals with an all-match winning record. The Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has urged his young team to stay focused as they have reached closer to the Champions Trophy.

Indian team had the responsibility to carry on the last year’s performance in World Cup as champions; they have done brilliantly this year too in the 8-nation tournament so far. Indian team is the only contingent to have moved ahead by scoring an all-win record.

MS Dhoni has urged his team to keep up the good work at such a crucial juncture. The team needs to focus on the Thursday's second semi-final in Cardiff against an unknown opponent team from the wide-open group A.
 
Dhoni says that the team has to play two more matches and they need to show the same intensity throughout.

The tournament is played by the youngest players from team India in which Dhoni is the oldest player at 31 and reserve spinner Amit Mishra is 30 years old.

Former Test batsman Sandeep Patil has a tough and strict selection panel that drops non-performers that the current squad has only three players — MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli — who have been unfailing and have played in the World Cup final two years ago.
 
Dhoni agrees that the introduction of young players has made his team show top fielding side in world cricket.
 Recent spot-fixing scandal has the tournament get a subdued response. The scandal in the Indian Premier League has found three of its players guilty including Test fast bowler Sreesanth.

It is commendable to see the calm captain leading the young team; together giving best and winning performance that has amazed the senior players and fans.

 India's former World Cup winning Captain Kapil Dev says that the team is the future on India and they play fearless cricket. Easily the best side in the tournament so far.

 The Champions Trophy saw India began with a 26-run win over South Africa in Cardiff before steering the West Indies by eight wickets.
 
On 15th June they recorded their first victory over rival team Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, winning a match in tough rainy conditions at Edgbaston by eight wickets.

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