Kirsten warns of India threat at Champions Trophy

28 Aug

Dhoni Champions TrophyIndia will recover quickly from their early exit at the Twenty20 World Cup and are certain to mount a serious challenge at the Champions Trophy in South Africa next month, coach Gary Kirsten said.

India have recalled Rahul Dravid to the one-day team for the first time in almost two years to bolster their batting on pacy South African pitches at the September 22-October 5 ICC Champions Trophy.
A young Indian batting unit struggled against short-pitched bowling in the Twenty20 World Cup in England  in June.

“We have had a good run right from the tour of Australia  and there is great team spirit, though the World Twenty20 was a setback,” the former South Africa opener told reporters after

India, who will also participate in a tri-series in Sri Lanka  that featuring New Zealand  from September 8-14, have not lost a one-day series in the past year following a surprise tri-series victory in Australia last February.

“We take pride in our consistency over a long period. It is a quality team and the players are mentally fresh and look good physically too,” Kirsten said.
“It is good to have Rahul Dravid  back in the team. He adds massive value to the team,” Kirsten said of the former captain, who is only the second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar  to score over 10,000 runs in both Test and one-day forms.

endulkar has also returned after opting out of the one-day series in the West Indies , which the tourists won 2-1 last month, but explosive opener Virender Sehwag  will miss both tournaments after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Ishant Sharma  will spearhead the five-man pace attack in the absence of experienced left-armer Zaheer Khan , who has been ruled out of action until the end of the year after undergoing surgery on an injured shoulder.


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Posted by on August 28, 2009 in Sports


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One response to “Kirsten warns of India threat at Champions Trophy

  1. Shahriar Hyder

    September 18, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Nice write-up mate. Keep it up. I have also blogged about the ICC Champions Trophy Cricket Tournament in 2009 with regards to the Cricinfo arranged Fantasy Cricket Game. Feel free to join in the fun and have a read. Here it goes:

    Announcing new league on Cricinfo Fantasy Cricket for ICC Champions Trophy 2009


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