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MS Dhoni doesn't often give interviews, but given the topic was Sachin Tendulkar, he spoke at length with Lokendra Pratap Sahi of the Telegraph about his first tryst with Tendulkar, how he broke ice with the senior batsman and how the team plans to handle Tendulkar's last series.
"There had been speculation. I won't say I was totally surprised. At the same time, it's not something I was looking forward to. Sachin must have given it a lot of thought, for such decisions aren't taken casually. At the end of the day, you have to respect the call made. It's in our hands to make his last two Tests special. We'd like to win the series for Sachin and, hopefully, he'll get loads of runs. We'll do our bit, he'll have to do his.
"We have to keep it as normal as possible. There will be distractions, but we'd all like to make this series special. It will be an achievement if we succeed in not making Sachin feel as if the two Tests are his last. Basically, in the dressing room, we've got to keep things calm. We can control what happens there, we can't control what happens outside."
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