Mumbai: Former Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs no introduction. The man from Ranchi is a cricketing legend in India. He is one of the most successful captain in history of Indian cricket and the only one to lift all the ICC trophies that exist in the game.
Under Dhoni's leadership, India lifted the World T20 title in 2007, ICC World Cup in 2011 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
When MSD was appointed as the skipper of Team India for the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007, it had raised many eyebrows. While he has just entered the national side, there were couple of seniors who decided to back him at that time and also realized his potential as a leader.
The person who saw his potential as skipper on field was none other than cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. Dhoni himself admitted that it was Sachin, who played a pivotal role in his selection for the role.
The revelation was made by the ‘Little Master’ during a chat show with Gaurav Kapur on Breakfast with Champions. Kapur reminded Sachin that Dhoni has always referred to the Master Blaster as a huge supporter and one of the reasons of him becoming the leader of the Indian cricket team.
Sachin then revealed that it was their conversations during fielding that led him to appreciate Dhoni's talent.
Sachin said, "Whenever I used to be fielding in the slips, I would be discussing with him, constantly, about the fielding positions. I would say my opinions and ask him what he thought about them. Iit was during these interactions that I picked on his leadership ability."
Gaurav joked, “Dhoni may not have realised that it was a job interview.”
During the interview Sachin also talked about his early days of cricket, specially meeting Sourav Ganguly during his under-15 years. He recalled how he and some teammates flooded Ganguly's room while he sleeping. Sachin also revealed that he used to call Ganguly 'Dadi' instead of 'Dada'.
Sachin was part of the team that lifted the 2011 World Cup and finally got his hands on the trophy.
Here's the video of the interview: