The “Captain Cool”. MS Dhoni had a wonderful career as a captain leading the Indian team in all three formats of cricket but how a young lad got the opportunity to lead the nation’s team former captain of the Indian cricket team and head of the Indian selection committee at that time, Dilip Vengsarkar, revealed in a recent conversation with Hindustan times how MS Dhoni was chosen as to be the one who can lead team India. During the 2007 inaugural ICC T20 World Cup, when Team India went to South Africa, the world saw MS Dhoni as a captain leading the Indian team. The legend Rahul Dravid stepped down from captaincy when the team was playing their T20 matches in South Africa, but at that time Dhoni was leading the team well. So selectors had time to select the right one as a captain.
Sachin Tendulkar was approached by then board president Sharad Pawar, but he refused to take the captaincy and recommended MS Dhoni, and by winning the inaugural T20 World Cup, he proved his worth as a captain. The committee led by Dilip Vengsarkar showed confidence in MS Dhoni as the guy had the capability to lead and also took advice from various players about the behavior and approach of Dhoni on the field, and they got positive feedback.
“Apart from Tendulkar’s recommendations and Dhoni’s success in South Africa, what prompted the selection committee to appoint him permanently as the white-ball skipper was the leadership qualities he possessed”
“Apart from being an automatic choice in the team, you look at the player’s cricketing acumen, body language, ability to lead from the front and man management skills. We saw Dhoni’s approach to the game, body language, how he spoke to others; we got positive feedback,”DIlip Vengsarkar said
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