No distractions, focused on winning series: Dhoni

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Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 16:08 [IST]
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Kolkata, Nov 5: India captain MS Dhoni on Tuesday said there were no distractions for the team and their focus was firmly on cricket.

The build-up to the two-Test series against West Indies has been about Sachin Tendulkar's retirement. The spotlight has moved to one man more than Team India.

No distractions, says captain Dhoni

Come tomorrow, India and West Indies will face off at the Eden Gardens in the first Test. It will be Tendulkar's 199th and penultimate international match before retirement.

The second and final Test of the series will be in Mumbai.

Despite all the celebrations in Kolkata featuring Tendulkar, Dhoni said they were concentrating on winning the series.

"It's something that was expected. It's always good to know such things in advance so that you can mentally prepare well. We have tried best to keep ourselves away from distractions and focus on cricket. So far so good. Once the game starts, I don't think the team is entertaining anyone. I think we are sorted," Dhoni said.

"As far as the last few days are concerned, it looked absolutely normal how we played the ODI series or the last series. The dressing room atmosphere is exactly the same. In a way, the guys have done well to maintain the atmosphere," he added.

The captain reassured that it was only about cricket on their minds and nothing else.

"The focus has been brilliant so far. As far as the team is concerned, not thinking anything apart from cricket. There're certain things that has to happen and will happen. You noticed something that's been going for about last 10 years. Now that Sachin has announced his retirement, you're noticing it more," he explained.

The wicketkeeper-batsman said they want to first win the series and then decide on dedicating to the Master Blaster.

"First and foremost, we need to focus on cricket and look to win the series. Once we have won the series, it's always easier whom you want to dedicate it to. It's always easy to do that," he said.


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