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Tendulkar was like God to me, still look up to him: Dhoni

India ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that Sachin Tendulkar is his role model and revealed that he, along with a host of other sportsmen, is inspired by the iconic batsman's humility and passion for the game.

cricket Updated: Sep 03, 2015 21:53 IST
Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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India ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that Sachin Tendulkar is his role model and revealed that he, along with a host of other sportsmen, is inspired by the iconic batsman's humility and passion for the game.

"When we were growing up, we used to watch Sachin (Tendulkar), he was like God to all of us. He had that aura around him," Dhoni said while interacting with the Indian diaspora during a reception organised in his honour in New Jersey by Bihar Jharkhand Association of North America.

Dhoni said Tendulkar is a "very good role model" since he's successful and humble too.

Dhoni said when he started playing cricket, he saw "how he (Tendulkar) believed in the process."

"Every time he turned up on the field, he wanted to improve as a cricketer. I felt he was an ideal person to look up to and that is what we did," said Dhoni, according to a brief video of the event posted on web portal 'American Bazaar'.

Asked when he will return to the cricket field, Dhoni said October is the "earliest you will see me on the field."

Dhoni was accompanied by former deputy chief minister of Jharkhand Sudesh Mahto at the event.

On the 2011 World Cup win, Dhoni said it was "really big not only for the team, but for the entire country."

Asked how he defines success, Dhoni said it is very important to be "practical and honest" in life.

"One of the most difficult things to control is a man's greed. There is no upper limit to greed. But at the same time, we should practically set a standard as to this is what I want to achieve," he said, adding that even though he is a "decent cricketer" he cannot hope to become "Usain Bolt", the fastest person in the world.

"Being practical in life and honest in life (is crucial)," he said.

"What is important is what you are doing today and tomorrow because those small steps will in turn help you achieve in life what you want to become. Small things matter more than the bigger goal. While it is very important to dream, it is also important to be in the present," said Dhoni.

During the reception, Dhoni was honoured with a resolution in his name that lauded him for his achievements in cricket.