11 Feb 2011

India can cope with pressure, says Dhoni

6:14 am on 11 February 2011

The India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says his team is well-equipped to handle the pressure of playing in a World Cup in front of home crowds.

India, champions in 1983, disappointed millions of their fans four years ago when they were knocked out in the first round, following a shock defeat against Bangladesh in their opening match.

This time the hosts have raised fans' expectations after doing well both at home and abroad with Dhoni and coach, former South Africa batsman Gary Kirsten, at the helm.

Dhoni says whenever you play for India, there is always pressure but they have a very experienced team, with most of the guys having been there for five to seven years