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"I saw the spark of a good leader in Dhoni"

By Sahil Mehan -

As the world went emotional when India's limited over skipper and one of the best finisher world has ever seen, MS Dhoni announced that he has decided to quit captaincy post, former Indian Cricket Team selector and skipper himself  Dilip Vengsarkar who was National chief selector when MS Dhoni was a role to lead India,  revealed an interesting anecdote.

Talking to Times of India, Dilip Vengsarkar, revealed, in his attempt to know MS Dhoni personally before handing him job to lead Team India in 2007 WT20, he failed miserably. Recalling on an incident, Dilip Vengsarkar  said, "When I had decided to make him the captain, I didn't know him as a person at all, so I thought I'd have a chat with him. When I heard that he was going to Mumbai from Kolkata to watch a match, I changed my flight, so that we could talk a bit. Both of us were the only ones in the 'business class' of that flight, which was two-and-half-hours long, so I thought that that was the best time to know more about him as a person" 

He further added, "However, the moment the flight took off, he dozed off, and only got up when we arrived at Mumbai. I had thought of making him the captain of the Indian team, but I couldn't talk to him!" 

Speaking on his decision to make Dhoni as a Captain, Dilip added, "At that time, we hadn't played T20 cricket at all. I wanted guys in the team who'd bring energy. I thought that Dhoni could be the person who would do that. He had not even captained at the state level, but his overall approach to the game, the way he conducted himself on the ground, impressed me. I saw the spark of a good leader in him. He had a lot of seniors in the team, and he handled them very well."

Supporting Dhoni's decision to quit role of leadership, Dilip said, "It's a wise call. He played cricket on his own terms and went out on his own terms too. That's the greatness of a man. When he retired from Test cricket, I wasn't happy with that decision. He could've continued as a Test cricketer. He can play for a couple of seasons for Jharkhand; that would be a great contribution from him provided he has the motivation to do that. It's up to him to call time on what has been a fantastic career," 

Dilip concluded further on a note that "When you appoint 'X,' 'Y', 'Z' as the captain of the team, you do it according to your gut feeling, that this man has the potential. How he creates history, is entirely up to him. When I picked Sachin Tendulkar, I didn't have an idea that he would become an all-time great, and when I selected Virat Kohli, I didn't know that he would go on to become the best batsman of the world," 

Sahil Mehan

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