Bihar opener Dhoni gets ready for African tour

Published: Sunday, July 11, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Ranchi:Wicketkeeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, selected for India 'A' team's tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya, has said he would make the most of the opportunity to stake his claim for a berth in the national side.

"I have worked hard and got the opportunity in the 'A' team. Now my aim is to play well for the 'A' team and continue the hard work to break into the senior team in future," Dhoni said on Saturday before leaving for Bangalore via Howrah.

Dhoni, based in Ranchi, would join the training camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bangalore, on Monday where former England opener Geoffery Boycott is expected to give tips to the Zimbabwe-bound team.Promising to meet the expectations of his well wishers, who gave him a warm send off at the Ranchi railway station, Dhoni, the opening batsman of Bihar's One-day squad, said he would concentrate on helping the team win the twin series.

Dhoni scored two first class centuries in the shorter version of the game last season.

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