Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni said cricketers should be proud of representing their region as it is a stepping stone to higher levels. Dhoni is speaking at the Thiruvallur County Cricket Association’s silver championship ceremony.
The World Cup-winning captain stressed that while he’s happy to represent his country, it wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t played for his district or school. Dhoni was part of the event as the main guest along with former ICC President and former BCCI president N Srinivasan. He also praised the Thiruvallar County Cricket Association for completing 25 years.
“Initially when I started playing cricket, they wanted or the will was to score in that tournament. Why? Because, you can represent your district. Why would you want to represent your district? ?So when you play an interdistrict tournament and you do well and you get invited to the state selection trials, “captain of one of the most successful IPL teams, the team won four titles. brand – less than the Mumbai Indians.
“And, I feel like that’s the urge that all of you (young) cricketers need to have. And, it’s very important to be proud of the district you represent, because when we started playing we started playing. cricket, you want to play for school and do well for school. But ultimately, you want to be selected for the district team. From the district level, you want to do well and get selected for the state level. Then you want to compete at the Ranji Trophy level and in the end you want to represent India,” said the hero while attending the Thiruvallur Cricket Association’s 25th anniversary celebration.
“We are celebrating the success of a district cricket association. So a lot of what I will say is also to thank my district cricket association back home. When we talk about grassroots level of cricket, what you really need is cricket from where to start and where is it managed.
“And, for me, I have always felt grassroots cricket is school cricket, because this is where the students want to play all the different sports, but at the same time the responsibility goes to the District Cricket Association to organize it. cricket tournament. There, Dhoni said, all the schools in the district make sure it’s reputable enough to compete.
Dhoni feels that with a larger number of cricketers vying for a spot on the district team, there will be more competition which, in turn, will lead to better players moving up in the competition. the pursuit of berths of the national team.
“The more cricketers participate in the competition to be selected for the district team, the more they compete, the better the chances of the cricketers, ultimately not only helping the district, but also the state cricket association. So today, I would like to thank my Ranchi County Cricket Association for organizing all the different categories of field cricket that were held at the time, and more often than not, the many states they followed. same blueprint So to us it’s Grade 10, Grade 12 is more like the U-16 and U-19 tournaments.
“I’m proud that I’ve had the opportunity to represent my country, but it wouldn’t have started if I hadn’t played for my district, if I hadn’t played for my school. So that feeling of pride. being part of the district is very important, because if we don’t start at that level, we don’t really represent the country.
“: So I feel the responsibility of the District Cricket Association has always been huge because year after year the hardest thing to achieve is to try and make sure the schools have enough incentive to form a team. . to compete and make that tournament prestigious enough for everyone to compete and do well,” added Dhoni.