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Won't grow my hair again, says Mahendra Singh Dhoni

India Today logo India Today 13-01-2017
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who stepped down as India's limited-overs captain on January 4 after a trophy-laden nine-year reign, said he was ready to change his batting order according to the future requirements of the team but won't grow the billowing mane that once made him the cynosure of all eyes.

Addressing his first press conference since stepping down as India's limited-overs captain, Dhoni, who rose from the cricketing backwaters of Jharkhand to lead the game's most passionately-followed team, said many things have changed over the years for him as a cricketer.

"As a cricketer, many things have changed for me since 2007. I debuted in 2004, was given the captaincy in 2007. If I see my journey since then, I had to change according to the team's needs. I started in the lower order then moved up the ladder. My batting order was never fixed. I used to get batting for 25-30 overs. However, it changed in the last few years.

"The top-order batsmen batted really well and I felt there was no explosive finisher at the lower order and due to that I was batting lower down the order. Over the years, I changed my batting order according to the team's requirements. I am ready to change my batting order according to the responsibility given to me in the times ahead," Dhoni said at the conference which was held in Pune ahead of India's first ODI against England on January 15.

Dhoni, who led India to the inaugural World Twenty20 title in 2007, to the ICC World Cup in 2011 and lifted the ICC Champions Trophy in 2011, said he will never grow his hair again.

"I will never grow my hair again," he said on a lighter note, when asked if the world will see the Dhoni of old now that he is relieved of the leadership burden.

Reflecting on his journey as a captain, Dhoni said he doesn't have any regrets.

"I don't regret anything in life. There is plenty of good things that have happened. It has been the journey for me. With ups and downs. When I started, there were lot of senior players in the team and once they left we had to ensure the smooth transition. Overall it was a journey that I really enjoyed. Brings smile on the face," he said.

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