MS Dhoni still a key player for India

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"The squad that plays these 13 ODIs is more or less the same squad that will go to the World Cup".

India batsman Rohit Sharma on Thursday said that everybody has to be in prime form in order to take part in the ICC World Cup, scheduled for May 30 to July 14 in England and Wales.

Speaking to media Paine said, "I think he is one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen to ever play the game".

"And a bit of help as well to the captain, because he stands behind the stumps and he's captained India for so many years and he's been such a successful captain for India. So it's hard to name the 11 or 12 that'll be playing the World Cup".

The "red ball boys" are still savouring the sweet aftertaste of a maiden Test series win in Australia but for the "white ball specialists", including veteran MS Dhoni, it was business as usual as they hit the straps at SCG on Wednesday.

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This time around, along with a number of changes in the batting order, Australia have added veteran quick Peter Siddle, who last played an ODI in 2010, and has had impressive performances in the BBL over the last couple of seasons. "We have to grind it out there, face the challenge and make sure that we put them under pressure".

"With him (Dhoni) being around, there is calmness around the group. He is like a guiding light around the group", Rohit added. "Also with the bat. down the order, getting through that finishing line is very, very important", Rohit said.

Team India skipper Virat Kohli broke his silence on the ongoing controversy involving Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who made sexist comments on a TV talk show. "His calmness and advice, what he thinks about the game and what we should do right now is very important", Rohit said. His presence around the group is a massive factor.

"These guys started playing for India in 2017 and since then they have done really well in and outside India". He's guided these two guys in the middle overs, how to keep things tight, field placements.

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