#CWC15: Dhoni not worried ahead of World Cup defence despite India’s form

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says time off from the game will get his team ready for their World Cup defence.

In just over a week his team will play warm-up games against Australia and Afghanistan, but it is rest and recuperation that Dhoni believes will restore his team’s chances.

“Not only me but everybody [needs a break],” said Dhoni. “[We will] lock the kitbag and keep it somewhere. You don’t even want to see it. Completely switch off from cricket. Because we have been here for more than two months, we know the conditions pretty well. What is important right now is a break. Completely switch off from the cricket. Just do a bit of thinking on what needs to be done.”

Defending Cricket World Cup champions India have not won a match for over two months. They were beaten 2-0 in the Test matches in Australia and were winless in the Tri-Series of ODIs against England and Australia.

Some will suggest that Dhoni is in denial. A team too reliant on Virat Kohli in the batting department and woefully short of a top class bowler is there for the taking.

“You may say it [defeats] is a bit of pattern, which we need to change to some extent,” said Dhoni after a must-win defeat to England in the Tri-Series. “And we should be able to do that with this break over here and a bit more time to think about the game. I think the guys will come back strong.”

Dhoni believes the recent run of defeats is because he has not had a full squad to choose from due to injury.

“To win and carry the momentum is very crucial but before that what’s important is all the 15 guys are fit. In this series [tri-nation] not all 15 were fit. Getting into a tournament like the World Cup, it’s important that all of them have some kind of games behind them.”

James Buttler

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