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Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid suggested to make MS Dhoni as India's skipper

By Nilabh Aole -

Two of India’s legendary cricketers — Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid were one of the biggest reason to coin M.S. Dhoni's name to become the captain of the Indian team for the One-Day Internationals in 2007.

In 2007, Dilip Vengsarkar  was the chief of BCCI’s senior national selection committee and they have announced that Dhoni will be leading the Indian team for the seven-match series against Australia, but only after the then BCCI president Sharad Pawar discovered the perception of Dravid and Tendulkar when the announcement of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was made at the Taj Palace, New Delhi in 2007.

After the three-test series in England, Dravid has conveyed to Pawar that he is going to renounce his captaincy. When the BCCI chief asked for suggesting a name and Dravid had taken the name of Dhoni without any second thought and Pawar has got the similar response from Tendulkar. Sharing that incidence, once Pawar said. “The two players were asked at a different time and the response was the same."

Dhoni was named as Indian skipper for first ever edition if ICC Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007 because Tendulkar, Dravid, and Sourav Ganguly have conveyed to the board that they will not take part in the tournament.

As per the sources, Tendulkar told the BCCI chief: “I have seen him from close quarters fielding at slip; I have chatted with him a lot and he is a thinker and a cool person.”

Many people have criticized BCCI and selectors for making Dhoni the captain of team India for the ODI series against Australia. And in April 2008, Dhoni also went onto led India in Test match against South Africa in Kanpur.

Dhoni as always been known to take bold decisions. One of those decisions comprises of going ahead of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh in the World Cup final in 2011 at the Wankhede. He took the task to himself and came back only after helping his side to reach the winning side of the line by scoring an unbeaten 79-ball 91 and that has given the pleasure to the Indian team to lift the Wold Cup trophy after 28-years. 

Dhoni has played 199 ODIs as Indian skipper and stands third after Ricky Ponting’s 230 and Stephen Fleming’s 218. Today after seeing MSD's captaincy career, Dravid and Tendulkar should be feeling very proud for their suggestion and also for the unbelievable achievements done by the most successful captain of Indian team. 

Nilabh Aole

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