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Keeper Of Hits

Dhoni's candour masks a rush of kinetics. The new ODI skipper must retain his gusto. Updates

Keeper Of Hits Keeper Of Hits

Mohinder Amarnath and Anil Kumble, cricketing giants in their own right, have had the privilege of leading the Indian team in but one one-day international each. And the evidence is there for all to see that it's a job that does no good to your hairline. Yet there must be a million and more lads out there who will readily admit to dreaming of the glory of captaining Team India some day. "To be honest, it is every cricketer's dream to lead India," says Indian opener Gautam Gambhir.

Anointed captain of the Indian ODI squad for 12 matches after Rahul Dravid's unexpected resignation, Mahendra Singh Dhoni amazes everyone with his confession that he did not cherish great hopes of landing the top job in Indian sport. Not even after he started playing for India just under three years ago. "I never expected to play for India. So I didn't expect captaincy either," he says. "It was not an issue for me at all. I just wanted to play cricket and enjoy it."

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