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Sharad Pawar Recalls How MS Dhoni Was Made India Captain in 2007

Sharad Pawar Recalls How MS Dhoni Was Made India Captain in 2007

Former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sharad Pawar recalled how MS Dhoni was made captain in 2007

Former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sharad Pawar recalled how MS Dhoni was made captain in 2007, saying it was Sachin Tendulkar who recommended Dhoni for the role. Speaking at a program in Ranchi, Pawar said he had asked Tendulkar to take over from Rahul Dravid but the master batsman declined the offer.

“Among players to have contributed greatly to Indian Cricket is former captain MS Dhoni. During India’s tour to England, Rahul Dravid told me that captaincy was affecting his gameplay & he wanted to resign. I asked Sachin Tendulkar to take over, but he denied too,” Sharad Pawar said.

“I asked Sachin, who’ll lead the country then? He recommended Dhoni’s name saying, “We’ve a player who can popularise Indian Cricket worldwide”. And then Dhoni was given the responsibility, whose leadership got Indian Cricket worldwide recognition.”

Under Dhoni, India had tremendous success across all formats. They reached the No. 1 ranking in ICC Test ratings and won the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the World Cup in 2011. Dhoni last played an international match in the World Cup 2019 semifinal against New Zealand.

Recently, Virat Kohli became the most successful Test captain for India at home going past Dhoni. By the time the series against England reached Ahmedabad, Kohli had led his team to a series leveling win in Chennai. Hence, he had led India to 21 Test wins and equaled Captain Cool’s numbers.

But with win in Ahmedabad, Kohli has now 22 wins under his belt and he now becomes the most successful Test captain for India at home.

Dhoni had captained India in 31 home Tests taking his team to victory in 21 of them. Kohli equaled the record in the second Test in Chennai but only in 28 Tests which means that the incumbent Indian skipper has a higher Win Percentage at home during his leadership. Dhoni had lost three home Tests as captain while Kohli has lost just two which means that the latter’s Win-Loss Percentage at 10.5 is also higher than Dhoni’s (7).



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