Instrumental in Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s elevation to captaincy of the Indian cricket team, Sachin Tendulkar says India’s rich success under the stewardship of the star stumper from Jharkhand vindicated his faith in him.
After Rahul Dravid decided to step down from the captain’s job soon after India’s England tour last year, Tendulkar suggested Dhoni’s name to the then BCCI President Sharad Pawar.
Under Dhoni, India won, among others, Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, tri-series in Australia, Test series against Australia at home before recording their first ODI series win in New Zealand and first Test series there in 41 years.
Refusing to disclose much about his suggestion to Pawar to appoint Dhoni the captain, Tendulkar said, “I spoke to the BCCI President but I would not want to discuss everything publicly. As I said earlier, it’s my principle that whatever happens inside dressing room should stay there.”
Tendulkar, however, did not hide his satisfaction after Dhoni lived upto his expectation.
“Talking about his captaincy, I’m extremely happy and delighted the way he has conducted himself,” Tendulkar said.