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India have strong side for World Cup, says Shikhar Dhawan

NEW DELHI: India opener Shikhar Dhawan on Tuesday mentioned the selectors have picked a "very strong side" for the ICC World Cup beginning May 30 in the United Kingdom.

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The MSK Prasad-headed selection committee on Monday named a 15-member squad, which will be led via Virat Kohli, with Rohit Sharma being his deputy. Dinesh Karthik pipped Rishabh Pant in the struggle for the second wicketkeeper's slot.

"For the World Cup we have a very good and a strong side and we are looking forward to the competition. We will perform really well once we get there," Dhawan mentioned at an match organised via Fortis Healthcare and Delhi Capitals to lift awareness for organ donation.

Talking about his IPL aspect Delhi Capitals, who are recently placed second at the points desk with five wins from 8 video games, Dhawan mentioned the experience of trainer Ricky Ponting and guide Sourav Ganguly helps the aspect.

"The support of the coaches Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly... Their experience as a captain along with the belief they instill in us is great. At the same time the young boys in our team are also getting mature."

"It has been a good season for us. It's a clean slate for the Delhi franchise, new name, new administration, support staff everyone was new. Our team is strong and is a balanced side with the overseas and Indian players. The way we are performing is good."

The fashionable opener ignored out on his maiden century of the season when teammate Colin Ingram hit a six to provide Capitals a seven-wicket victory, however Dhawan has no regrets.

"I was not thinking of the century, it was more important to win the match. At that time it was important to hold on to my wicket and take the team over the line because we had lost a couple of matches from a winning position."

"People are only seeing that I missed my century by three runs but they should also see that I score a 97. If I have scored it once I can score it ten times more," Dhawan mentioned.

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