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Cricket

Team won't let Sachin celebrations distract them at Eden: Dhoni
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Kolkata, November 05, 2013
First Published: 16:11 IST(5/11/2013)
Last Updated: 21:21 IST(5/11/2013)

Notwithstanding the unending celebrations saluting Sachin Tendulkar in his farewell series, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday said the team is focused on the match and would not entertain distractions once the Test begins at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday.

“It is always good when you know such things will happen and you are mentally prepared. The lesser the distractions, the better. So far so good. Once the game starts I don't think the team will entertain any such thing,” said Dhoni.

“The focus is there. We are not thinking of anything except cricket. There are things that have to happen but as far as the last few days are concerned, we are absolutely normal. The dressing room atmosphere is great.”

Dhoni also criticised the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for a goof-up in spelling Tendulkar's name on a giant billboard put up near the electronic scorecard at the High Court end.

“First tell me who has misspelt Sachin's name inside the stadium? This is a very big (mistake)! It's there inside the stadium," Dhoni said while pointing out that Sachin had been misspelt 'Sachine' by the CAB.

Asked whether the team would dedicate the match to Tendulkar if they win, Dhoni replied: “What we need to do first is focus and win the match and then we will decide.”

Earlier, Tendulkar was reportedly "unhappy" with Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) officials’ attempts to go overboard with their celebrations for his 199th Test match.

There were contradictory statements from two joint secretaries of CAB with Sujan Mukherjee admitting that the maestro indeed was not amused with all the arrangements while the other joint secretary Subir Ganguly said that everything was under control.

As Tendulkar was the first to step down from the team on Monday, confetti were burst near the gate, while 80 schoolchildren wearing T-shirts with the Mumbai batsman's photo and 199 written on the back, lined up till the dressing room to greet the seniormost cricketer.

If that was not enough, the CAB tried to do a Madame Tussauds erecting a life-like wax figure of Tendulkar next to the dressing room entrance but the finesse was missing in the statue with the face not exactly resembling the icon.

Tendulkar will be hanging up his boots after the two Tests at Eden Gardens and Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium (November 14-18).


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