Cricket, not money makes player famous: Dhoni

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Worries over IPL riches spoiling young cricketers are baseless, says India's One-day captain.

Updated: April 17, 2008 07:04 IST
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India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has dismissed notions that the auction of cricketers for the Indian Premier League would adversely affect the youngsters' performance.

"It will never affect the performance. I think the performance level will only go up. Because the cricketers are mature enough to realise that whatever they are earning or whatever their stature or fame is, it is because of cricket and I think every cricketer knows this," Dhoni told newsmen here on Sunday.

Introduction of the IPL, he said, would help the cricketers perform better.

"You cannot be famous even if you have Rs 100 crore. But if you are a cricketer and play good cricket, you will get money, fame and everything," he said.

"It is very important to focus 100 per cent on cricket and I think the newcomers, whether from Under-19 or those playing the domestic circuit, are clever enough to realise that it is cricket and not money which makes one famous," Dhoni said.

Dhoni, a member of the Chennai outfit of the IPL, said he is looking forward to play in the league starting April 18.

"Our side is very good, but we have to see the availability of players", he said.

"The Chennai track is a flat one, but has a bit of bounce and is considered good for stroke play. Some exciting cricket is possible there".

Dhoni, however, chose to keep silent on the controversy on dropping Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid from the one-day squad.

"I would not like to comment on that," he said.

Looking forward to play against South Africa, Dhoni said, "We are playing good and hopefully we will do well at home. Usually we play much better at home, (so) we expect good results."

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