MS Dhoni still a key player for India


Rohit Sharma also heaped praise on Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying that over the years, he has proved how vital his presence is in the dressing room and on the field. Also with the bat, batting down the order, providing that finishing touch is very important.

Tim Paine termed former Indian captain as one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen to have ever played the game of cricket. His calmness, his advice is very important. So, things he does bring a lot on the table for us and his presence around the group is a massive factor for us'. We have to be in prime form. Each and every player who will be taking part in the World Cup, all of us are aware of that, we need to keep performing and make sure that comes the World cup, we're ready for it.

"The squad that plays these 13 ODIs is more or less the same squad that will go to the World Cup". "Probably one or two changes, keeping in mind the form and injury concerns over the next few months. I don't see there will be any drastic changes to the squad", he added.

Quicks Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc have all been rested from the three-match series which starts on Saturday at he SCG.

"They've got a bowling line-up who can put us under pressure without a doubt".

Indian journalist Sunandan Lele on behalf of all journalists gave newly-turned-father Rohit Sharma a toy for his baby girl "Samaira" during the press conference in Sydney on Thursday.

On the eve of first ODI, Dhoni with other Indian cricketers opted for the indoor-training session due to rain. It was an optional training session as most the cricketers chose to stay back in their room. Ritika Sajdeh and Rohit Welcome a Baby Girl. He further said that the all-around abilities of Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja would continue to play a major role for the team.

Rohit missed the final of the four Test matches against Australia as he flew back home to see his newborn daughter and returned to Australia to join the ODI squad for the three-match series.