Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Tuesday, said he never expected to don the national colours and pointed out that the 'small-town' tag has made him a tougher player.

There is no doubt that MS Dhoni is one of the most successful Indian captains of all time but Dhoni who hails from Ranchi never thought he would wear the India cap in his life.

To a question about his early years in Ranchi, Dhoni said while many did not attach much importance to such small towns, they had a fair bit of senior players to look upto and a decent league cricket.