Never thought I would play cricket for India:Dhoni

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Updated: Friday, November 9, 2012, 11:39 [IST]
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Cricket just happened, says Dhoni

Mumbai, Nov 9: Team India skipper MS Dhoni has revealed that he wanted to join the Army since his childhood days, and never thought of playing cricket and leading the national cricket team, during the launch of his racing team's new identity in Mumbai.

Dhoni, who was inducted as an honourary Lieutenant Colonel in the elite Parachute Regiment last year, had also said that he would serve the army after serving Indian cricket.

"Why I got here is because of cricket. I would like to serve actively in the Army only after cricket. I don't want my cricket to suffer because that is something I am good at. Once my cricket career is over, I would definitely like to serve in the Army," Dhoni had told reporters during his visit to forward area of the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu in June 2012.

MS Dhoni who was playing badminton and football during his school days, was selected for the district and club level in these sports.

Since Dhoni was a goal-keeper for his football team, he impressed everyone during his stint at the Commando cricket club. Until then, he had not taken cricket seriously.

"I never thought this game would become my profession. I never ever thought that one day I would play for India, forget becoming captain. It just happened," Dhoni said.

Talking about his childhood ambition, Dhoni stressed that he always wanted to serve the nation by joining army.

"That was my only ambition in life. I badly wanted to don the army fatigue," he said.

Moreover, Dhoni added another facet to his personality by shifting focus to superbikes, as he has a passion for bikes.

Having been successful in cricket, Dhoni has already thought about his future plans, after hanging up his cricketing gloves, as he eyes World Superbike title.

An owner of a team in the World Superbike Championship, Dhoni has also chalked out plans for the coming year. Moreover, having signed three-time World Champion Kenan Sofouglue and Fabien Foret, who is placed fourth, the Kawasaki team is all set to compete in its first full season next year's World Superbike Championship.

Dhoni who also entered the season mid-way as he debuted with 600cc class which was also India's first FIM World Superbike Championship team as it also created history by pulling off a podium finish after completing five rounds as Dan Linfoot finished third at France.

"I have always been passionate about bikes. I always wanted to do something about it," said Dhoni.

"We hope to have a good finish in 2013. We have a good mix of drivers, and we have factory support from Kawasaki which is a big boost. But I would not like to pressurize the drivers for a podium finish in every race. As in cricket, I don't think too much about the end result; for me, the process and preparation are important," Dhoni said at the unveiling function of his team's new identity.


Story first published:  Friday, November 9, 2012, 11:33 [IST]
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