File photo of MS Dhoni. UNI PHOTO
File photo of MS Dhoni. UNI PHOTO

Cricket: Dhoni in defiant mood, says not thinking of quitting

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Rajkot, January 10, 2013

Though the pressure is mounting on him, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained defiant today and said that giving up captaincy from one-day internationals (ODIs) was not on his mind.

With star opener Virender Sehwag dropped from the squad, there were calls for Dhoni's removal as the ODI skipper.
On the eve of the first ODI against England here, Dhoni said: "Never. In team sport it is important that everyone keeps believing in themselves and understands their responsibility. We have to wait and watch (the selectors) but that's something that is not in my mind before the start of an important series. I can't think about that. It is very important to stay focused on this series."
A Test series defeat to England before Christmas and ODI series loss at the hands of Pakistan, have put the pressure on India.
But Dhoni remains unfazed. He was India's best player during the Pakistan series, with scores of 113 not out, 54 not out and 36 in the 2-1 defeat.
"We play the longer format, shorter format and T20, they are different challenges altogether," he said.
"But in India at the top level you are expected to stand up to these challenges."
Dhoni dropped hints that Sehwag's replacement in the squad, Cheteshwar Pujara, was unlikely to play Friday.

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