‘Dravid was injured, the selector asked me and I said..’ Shastri told – How did Dhoni become the captain 16 years ago?


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Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the captain of India in 2007
Ravi Shastri told how Dhoni got the responsibility

New Delhi. Many big players have come in Indian cricket, who have increased the reputation of the country with their game. But, in the last 20 years, if there was maximum discussion about any one player, then it is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Mahi remained in headlines not only because he won 2 World Cups and an ICC Champions Trophy to India, but also because of his understanding of cricket, Dhoni is loved by everyone. Even the former captain of Team India is a die-hard fan of Dhoni, when it comes to instilling confidence in leadership and teammates, no one is better than Dhoni. One of them is Ravi Shastri, who followed Dhoni as team manager and later. Being the head coach of Team India, I have seen very closely.

Recently, during a show on Star Sports, when a fan asked Ravi Shastri that if he was to play in the IPL, then under whose captaincy would he like to play? Shastri had given a straight answer without any hesitation that he would enjoy playing under Dhoni’s captaincy. His record as a captain compels you to keep him at the top.

Shastri also wants to play IPL under Dhoni’s captaincy
Former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri recalled how Dhoni was touted as the next Indian captain in 2007. Shastri said, “Staying calm is one thing, but the way he reads and understands the game is fantastic. I remember when I was the manager of Team India in 2007 and Dilip Vengsarkar was the selector. We were talking about Rahul Dravid getting injured in a practice session at the Eden Gardens, when Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s name suddenly cropped up for the captaincy. Vengsarkar asked me and I said, this man (Dhoni) has the quality of leadership.

How did Dhoni become the Indian captain?
Shastri further said that it did not take much time and Dileep and our thinking were exactly the same. Dilip was an ideal selector at that time and he felt that Dhoni had the ability of captaincy. So he [वेंगसरकर] The qualities they were looking for in the next captain was not just coolness, but also understanding of the game, personality and character… When you are looking for a good captain, you look for all these qualities in a player and This was seen in Dhoni.

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Former BCCI President N Srinivasan also shared the story related to it once. He said in a CSK program, “Dravid was not happy after India’s dismal performance in the 2007 ODI World Cup and wanted to relinquish the captaincy. Later he was dropped from the ODI team. After this, the meeting was called by BCCI President Sharad Pawar. In this, Sachin Tendulkar, Ratnakar Shetty and Chief Selector Dilip Vengsarkar were there. When Sachin was asked to become the captain, he refused. Now the question arose that then who? Then Sachin suggested Dhoni’s name and what happened after that is history.

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