Frenzy around Sachin Tendulkar's 199th Test was expected, we were prepared: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Cricket-crazy Kolkata is celebrating Sachin Tendulkar's 199th Test at the Eden Gardens. This will be Tendulkar's penultimate Test. India play West Indies in the first of a two-match series from Wednesday.

updated: November 05, 2013 14:02 IST
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Kolkata: The Master Blaster himself is reportedly unhappy with all the hype and hoopla around his 199th Test match at the Eden Gardens. On Tuesday, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that Team India was trying to focus on the cricket despite the frenzy around Sachin Tendulkar's final Test match in Kolkata. India lock horns with the West Indies in the first of the two-Test series from Wednesday. (Full schedule)

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Dhoni said: "We are trying to keep distractions to minimum and focus on cricket despite all the hype around Sachin's retirement. This was expected. We were mentally prepared. The team will just focus on the game when the match starts."

On the master blaster's retirement, Dhoni said Tendulkar will be missed both in the dressing room and on the field. "He has been one who constantly kept a tab on youngsters and always gave suggestions. We will miss all this," said Dhoni.

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