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‘Never expected to don national colours’

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday said he never expected to don the national colours and pointed out that the ‘small-town’ tag made him a tougher player.

‘I never thought I will play for India. I am never worried if I am not selected for a particular game or series but my focus will be on contributing for the next match,’ Dhoni said at a panel discussion moderated by commentator Harsha Bhogle.

To a question about his early years in Ranchi, Dhoni said while many did not attach much importance to such small towns, they had a fair bit of senior players to look upto and a decent league cricket.

‘Comparatively, Ranchi has (more) senior players. Of course it’s a bit tough to come from a small city but that makes you tougher with the challenges it poses,’ he said at the discussion, held as part of a promotional event by health drink brand ‘Boost’.

Dhoni however, expressed, joy over the increased media coverage to sports in such small cities.

Asked how he managed to find time between the game and other engagements, including his endorsement commitments, he said the game was the central part to all the activity.
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