Regarding Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who made his debut under the captaincy of former captain and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, Dada said that if he kept batting at number 6, he would not be a great player.
Ganguly gave the example of Sachin, saying, he (Dhoni) got a chance to bat at number 3 in Vizag, scored a brilliant century and whenever he got a chance to play more overs, he made a big score. If Tendulkar kept batting at number 6, Tendulkar would not have made it, because you get a handful of balls to play.
The BCCI president said, it was the Challenger Trophy, he scored a century for my team at the start of the innings at-bat, so I knew they could do well in the top order. He said, a player is formed when you send him up, you cannot make him a player by feeding him in the order below.
Dada said, I always believe that you cannot become a great cricketer by sitting inside the dressing room. As abilities, the art of hitting sixes, in particular, was rare among them. He changed towards the end of his career, but when MS Dhoni was not mature, it was very important to free him. When I had retired, I circulated my thoughts many times that Dhoni should bat above.