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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Dhoni confident of Champions trophy

The tri-series in Bangladesh slipped through his fingers but Mahendra Singh Dhoni is banking on India's consistency to make amends by bringing home the Champions Trophy.Dhoni pointed to India's amazing consistency for most part of the season and said provided his teammates continue in the same vein, there is no reason why India cannot win the elite biennial tournament.

"The Indian team did very well in limited-overs cricket in 2007-08. Winning the one-day series in Australia was a monumental achievement. Not only did we beat the World Cup winners, but also Sri Lanka , which was runner-up in the Caribbean," said the buoyant India captain."We would like to continue in the same vein and take the ICC Champions Trophy home with us to India," Dhoni added.

Dhoni would be eager to make up for the Bangladesh disappointment where his team thoroughly dominated the tournament only to lose to arch-rivals Pakistan in the final. Meanwhile, amid reports of a possible boycott by leading Australian cricketers because of security concerns, captains of all the major teams on Thursday issued a statement throwing their weight behind the Champions Trophy.Australia captain Ricky Ponting said his side was already focused on retaining the trophy, the second most important tournament after the World Cup.

"The Champions Trophy is the number two one-day tournament on the calendar behind the ICC Cricket World Cup and it is for this reason that our players will ensure they are at the peak of their form to take on the world's best in this format of the game.

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