Dhoni urges India to 'move on'

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has called on his players and supporters to accept that Sachin Tendulkar is no longer available for selection.

<b>India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has called on his players and supporters to accept that Sachin Tendulkar is no longer available for selection.</b>

A new era for Indian cricket start in Johannesburg on Wednesday when they take on South Africa in their first Test series after Tendulkar retired at the end of last month's home series against the West Indies.

"With the last Test match we played in India, it is 100 percent sure that Sachin won't be available for any more international series. It was always good to have him, but now that he won't be there, we have to concentrate on what he have in our hands.
We have accepted that fact and moved on," Dhoni told reporters at the pre-match press conference.

In fact, this series is the first time since 1996 that India will field a team without any of their batting superstars of the last two decades, Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly.

Dhoni, however, believes the series provides a wonderful opportunity for the next generation of Indian batsman to showcase their skills against a team they've never won an away series against.

"Every series is a fresh start. There is no point bringing excess baggage. It is about getting used to conditions and offering what the team has. There are plenty of youngsters in this side, who will get exposure by playing competitive cricket at the Test level. So it's a big positive for us," the Indian captain continued.

"At Benoni, we could have batted on the first day and made the opposition field on a wet outfield. But that would have been selfish of us because they also have a First-Class season going on. Nobody wanted to get injured so it was good for both teams that the match was abandoned. We did practice on the centre wicket and got the most out of it."

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