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Not sure if I'll play 2015 WC: Dhoni

CNN-IBN
Dec 17, 2011 at 05:40pm IST

New Delhi: He is the man who led India to World Cup glory after 28 long years, but skipper MS Dhoni is uncertain whether he'll be around to repeat the feat when the next edition of the tournament takes place in 2015.

Dhoni, who turned 30 earlier this year, said he would take a call two years before the mega event, in 2013, as to whether he will play the next World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

"If you see 2015, three and a half years to go, I don't really know where I will stand. Everything needs to go off well and then close to 2013, I will have to take a call whether I can be 100 per cent available for the 2015 World Cup," Dhoni told CNN-IBN Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai after being named the CNN-IBN Sportsperson of the Year on Friday.

Not sure if I'll play 2015 World Cup: Dhoni

"Close to 2013, I will have to take a call whether I can be 100 per cent available for 2015."

"Because at the end of the day you don't want a wicketkeeper, who has not played at least 100-odd games, (to be) part of the side - at least close to 80-100 games going into the World Cup. So that's a call that needs to be taken. But if everything goes off well, 2013-end will be the time where we will have to carefully study the body and see what can be done."

The wicketkeeper-batsman, though, admitted he preferred to live in the present.

"I love being in present. When I was playing for school, the only thing I wanted was to get selected for the U-16 or U-19 district teams. When I was selected for district, I would think of the next level, getting selected for state side. I'm a person who lives in the moment," he said.

"Frankly, I never thought I would represent my country one day. Now I'm leading my country, so it's like a fairytale. I never thought I'd do these things. I lived in the moment, I kept working hard."

Dhoni has tasted success in every format of the game, from the Twenty20 World Cup, the IPL, Champions League T20 to the 50-over World Cup, while also seeing India top the Test rankings for more than a year. Asked if he would still be motivated to win the World Cup in 2015, even if he is not 100 per cent certain to play in it, Dhoni was confident that would be the case.

"Well, why not do it all over again? If you don't really have a dream, you can't really push yourself, you don't really know what the target is. It is important to stay focused, have short-term goals, not look too much into the future and try to win each and every series that is coming up," he said.

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