MS Dhoni is widely regarded as one of the greatest captains Indian cricket has ever seen. He is the only player in history to guide India to all three major ICC white ball trophies. He ascended the Indian captaincy at a difficult time when India had suffered a group stage exit from the 2007 World Cup, and he was handed over the reins of a young side in the T20 World Cup. The rest, as they say, is history. However, BCCI secretary Jay Shah has revealed that is was actually Sachin Tendulkar who suggested the name of MS Dhoni as India captain.
Sachin Tendulkar’s statue was unveiled on November 1 at the Wankhede Stadium, and it is here that Jay Shah made the big revelation. Speaking at the event, the BCCI secretary said that the Master Blaster was the one who suggested MS Dhoni’s name as India captain, and he too consults Sachin before taking big decisions.
“Sachin Tendulkar had suggested MS Dhoni’s name for India captaincy. If I have taken a lot of decisions, I consulted Sachin in a lot of them,” Jay Shah said to reporters at the event.
Sachin Tendulkar said that he was truly humbled to have his statue in the stadium that gave him everything in life. He also recounted his first visit to the Wankhede stadium in 1983 when he was just 10 years old to watch a Test Match between India and West Indies.
“Truly humbled when I stand here… truly god’s gift to walk on the turf which has given me everything in life,” Sachin said.
“My first visit to Wankhede was in 1983 as a 10-year-old when WI had come here. Took a train from Bandra to Churchgate and sat in the North Stand. The iconic North Stand. We were 25, had 24 tickets but somehow managed to get in. Vertically challenged helped,” he concluded.