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Following Sachin’s footsteps

Dhoni wants to emulate Tendulkar,says Gary will miss Team India

Written by Press Trust Of India | Chennai |
April 7, 2011 12:43:02 am

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday said it was a pleasure to hear words of praise from Sachin Tendulkar who had said that he was the best captain he has played under. Dhoni said he was trying to serve the nation like Tendulkar has been doing for years. “I’ve tried to be honest throughout my career. Whatever responsibility is given on my shoulders,I try to fulfil it to the fullest extent. It’s just my pleasure that he enjoys playing with me. I am also serving the nation like him,” he said.

Dhoni also joined the growing calls to award Tendulkar the Bharat Ratna,saying no cricketer deserves it more than him. “Yes,200 per cent,because he is an ideal candidate,he has served the country for 21 years with a few more to come. As a cricketer,you know,if he doesn’t get it,then I don’t think there’s anyone who’ll get the Bharat Ratna ever,” Dhoni said. “He’s known even in places where they don’t know about the game,so I think it’s a very big achievement.

Dhoni paid tribute to outgoing coach Gary Kirsten,saying he has set high benchmarks for the team. “What Gary has done to Indian cricket,I think the benchmark set is really high. When I say really high,(I mean) really high. We will miss him for sure but I assure you,Gary will miss us more. Someday when he decides to come back and coach a new team,he’ll miss the Indian cricket team even more. There was a bond between him and the team and we’ll definitely miss him,” said Dhoni. “Whoever wants to come in or comes in,those (Gary’s) are big shoes to fill.”

Happy with CSK team

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Moving on to IPL,Dhoni said that he was happy with the composition of his IPL team following the January auction with the core of last season’s victorious team being retained and a few players added. “The new team is very good but I have always maintained it’s not about how good the team looks on paper,but how we’re doing on the field is what is very important,” he said,ahead of CSK’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the lung opener of Indian Premier League. “It is very similar to the one we had last season to which a few additions have been made. We’re hoping it will perform to fulfil the potential that we have,” he said.

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