Dhoni set to lead India in T20 WC

Monday, August 6, 2007

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is almost certain to be named India’s captain when the selectors meet today pick the squad for the inaugural Twenty20 World Championships in September.
The hard-hitting batsman and wicket-keeper is the preferred choice of the selectors after regular captain Rahul Dravid and senior pros Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly opted out of the tournament.
Dhoni, 26, is Dravid’s deputy in one-day cricket and is regarded as one of the most exciting batsmen in the game with a penchant for hitting sixes.
Aggressive opener Virender Sehwag, left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who were axed for the ongoing tour of England, are also set to make the 15-man squad.
India, who initially opposed the game’s new format that has proved popular with audiences worldwide, have played just one Twenty20 international so far, against South Africa in Johannesburg last December.