Everyone remembers how MS Dhoni led a young Indian team to World T20 glory in 2007 and then followed it by World Cup in 2011 and Champions Trophy in 2013. But very few know that it was Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar who convinced the selectors to pick MS as the next captain of the Indian team.
India had a dismal run at the 50-over World Cup in 2007 in West Indies. They were knocked out of the tournament in the very first round and needed to turn the tables for themselves. This is where Tendulkar convinced the selectors to give charge to Dhoni.
“I used to stand in the slip cordon and I used to interact with MS and understand what he was thinking, the field setting and I would discuss all those aspects. I observed his match reading and I came to a conclusion that he had a good cricketing brain so I suggested to the board that this is what I feel. MS should be the next one to take charge,” Tendulkar told.
Tendulkar’s advice did work in a great way for Indian cricket as India won three ICC trophies under his leadership. Dhoni has won the most number of finals as a captain. He has led the Indian team six times in a final and has clinched the victory in four of them.
He has led India in 332 international matches- 200 ODIs, 60 Tests and 72 T20Is. Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has captained in 324 international matches.