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Dhoni will still get better, says Fleming

April 7, 2009, 9:54 PM IST
Dhoni will still get better, says Fleming

New Delhi: Under Mahendra Singh Dhoni's charismatic leadership, India has emerged one of the top three teams in the world and the star stumper-batsman would only get better with experience, predicted former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming.

Having won their first one-day series in New Zealand, Dhoni's men earned another slice of history today as they clinched their first Test series there in 41 years.

Highly impressed by Dhoni's leadership, Fleming said the Indian would only get better with time.

"He is a brilliant player. People talk only about his ability to lead. But he is a versatile player as well and leads by example...Technically, he goes with his instinct," Fleming said of his Chennai Super Kings captain.

"Off the field, he is humble and has taken success in his stride. Dhoni is a very impressive guy who would get only better with experience," he told NDTV channel.

Talking about the Indian team as a while, Fleming said the side is among the top three at the moment.

"I think they are pretty close, along with Australia and South Africa. The players are not just good but great and they have a great captain, good seamers, genuine all-rounders," Fleming said.

Fleming, however, was a tad disappointed with the pitches in New Zealand which traditionally used to ask all sorts of uncomfortable questions to the batsmen.

"I'm really disappointed. The charm of playing overseas was to adapt to different conditions. When coming to India, we knew pitches would assist spin, in Australia pitches would have bounce and in New Zealand there used to be both seam and bounce.

"I'm really disappointed because there is nothing wrong if the bowlers dominate a series. In fact, it's good for the game because you cannot have big scores all the time," he added.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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