Dhoni aims for Dutch delight

Minnows next up for Group B leaders India

Last updated: 8th March 2011  

Dhoni aims for Dutch delight

Dhoni: ready for Dutch challenge

We are now looking forward to an easy game against the Netherlands.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
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India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is keen to see a ruthless performance when the World Cup co-hosts meet minnows the Netherlands at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday.

India are the only unbeaten team in Group B although any notion they would dominate their rivals on home soil has been dispelled by a tricky start to the campaign.

After a comfortable first-up win in Bangladesh the Indians returned home to Bangalore where they tied with England before doing just enough to beat unfancied Ireland by five wickets on Sunday.

"It has been a good start for us so far," Dhoni said.

"We saw a tight game, a close game and a good one. We are now looking forward to an easy game against the Netherlands.

"We want to make the most of this game and especially in the departments where we want to see an improvement.

"We should not really be thinking about the result but the process, what are the things we want to get out of it."


The Netherlands have failed to deliver on the promise of their opening game when they ran England close after posting 292 batting first.

Captain Peter Borren has called for his side to replicate that "brave" performance ahead of the most daunting fixture of their World Cup schedule.

"We are playing for the first time against India and in India. We expect it to be a packed stadium which we are not used to. I hope it will be exciting," the New Zealand-born batsman said.

"We have to play some brave cricket. Playing against India will be tough and challenging, they are playing in home conditions. Hopefully, we will be competitive tomorrow."

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