Ahead of WC semi-final, Clarke praises captain Dhoni

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Sydney, March 25: Australia captain Michael Clarke has praised India skipper MS Dhoni for his leadership ahead of their ICC World Cup 2015 semi-final tomorrow (March 26) at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

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Clarke has praised Dhoni

The defending champions are unbeaten so far in the tournament, winning 7 matches in a row.

The winning streak of team is because of Dhoni's captaincy, that is what Clarke said on Wednesday on the eve of their last-four clash.

"But I said at the start of this tournament that I thought India were going to be one of the toughest teams to beat. My main reason for that is because they've been in the conditions for so long. They've played so much cricket in Australia," Clarke said.

"They've worked out how to take wickets. They've worked out how to score runs, and they've shown that through this tournament. I think MS Dhoni deserves a lot of credit for the way he's captained his team especially being defeated in the test series and the Tri-Series to be able to turn things around.

"Obviously they're at the top of their game at the moment. So we're prepared for that. We know we're playing against a very good team that obviously won the last World Cup. We look forward to that challenge," he added.

At SCG, India have managed to beat Australia only once in 14 ODIs. But on current form, they are looking good to stop the hosts.

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Story first published: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 12:16 [IST]
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