Former India skipper MS Dhoni on Wednesday (June 1) said cricketers should be proud of representing their district as it is the first step towards the higher level.
“It is the first time I am part of a celebration where we are celebrating the success of a district association. I would also like to thank my district cricket association back home (Ranchi). Cricketers should be proud of representing their district. I am proud of the fact that I got the chance to represent my country, but it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t played for my district or school," Dhoni said, as quoted by PTI.
The 40-year-old was speaking at a ceremony to mark the silver jubilee of the Thiruvallur District Cricket Association (TDCA), wherein he participated as the chief guest.
“Congratulations to the Thiruvallur District Cricket Association for completing 25 years. It’s more than 25 years, but we are celebrating it today. I have known (RN) Baba (TDCA secretary) for a very long time. A big congrats to not only him but also others in the association,” he added.
Former BCCI president N Srinivasan also attended the ceremony on the completion of Thiruvallar District Cricket Association’s 25 years.
Speaking on the occasion, Srinivasan said, “For any association to last long is not easy. The love for the game makes him (Baba) work for cricket. He has developed grounds, cricketers, and outstanding sportspersons."
“And, the association has taught everyone the value of sportsmanship. I wish them (the TDCA) more laurels and further greatness," he added.
According to the PTI report, the TDCA, in association with the Tamil Nadu Sports Journalists’ Association, gave away scholarships to the tune of Rs 3 lakh to 10 sportspersons from different disciplines in the State of Tamil Nadu with Dhoni handing over the cheques.
India Cements Wholetime Director Rupa Gurunath, CSK CEO KS Viswanathan, and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association office-bearers also attended the function.
(With PTI inputs)