Dhoni hugely motivated by Chappell praise

Published: Sunday, June 5, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:India's dashing wicketkeeper-batsman M S Dhoni today said he felt greatly motivated after being praised by new coach Greg Chappell.

"When a cricketing legend like him says good things about me, that definitely increases my motivation. I feel enthused, I now have to score more runs both in domestic and international cricket to justify his comments," Dhoni told reporters after a practice session here.

Chappell during his presentation to the BCCI on Indian cricketers had praised Dhoni's aggressive batting and described him as a future potential.

When asked to comment on reports that his name was being considered as a probable opener in the absence of the injured Sachin Tendulkar and the banned skipper Sourav Ganguly, Dhoni said "I have heard about it. If I do get such an oppurtunity it will be great. It will be a new experience".

Dhoni said he considered himself as a stroke player and not a pinch-hitter. "Please do not call me a pinch-hitter. I consider myself a stroke player."

Dhoni said despite the aggressive element in his batting he was now concentrating on rotating the strike.

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