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‘Dravid was Injured’: Shastri Reveals How Dhoni Became Captain in 2007

Written by Rohit Pawar

The rich history of Indian cricket features a plethora of remarkable players who have gotten the opportunity to lead the team. But in the present era, one individual who is regarded as the greatest ever is MS Dhoni. Not just because he had won three ICC trophies for the team, but the fans also respect him for his persona and the wisdom with which he plays the game. Even the former captains of Team India are ardent admirers of Dhoni when it comes to leadership and instilling confidence in teammates.

One of them is Ravi Shastri who has watched Dhoni from closed quarters as a manager and then, as the head coach of Team India. In a recent conversation on Star Sports, a fan asked Shastri if he can play IPL then whose captaincy would he like to play under?

Shastri’s answer was a no-brainer as he said he would enjoy playing under Dhoni’s leadership.

Mazaa aayega Dhoni ki captaincy mein khelna (Playing under Dhoni’s captaincy would be fun). His record as a captain forces you to put him right up,” said Ravi Shastri.

The former India head coach, who had also led the Indian team during his playing days, recalled how Dhoni was preferred as the next Indian captain back in 2007.

“Coolness is one thing but the way he reads and understands the game is terrific. I remember when I was a manager in 2007 and Dilip Vengsarkar was the selector. Rahul Dravid was injured in a practice session at the Eden Gardens, we were speaking and MS Dhoni’s name popped up. He asked me and I said, ‘This guy has the leadership quality’,” Shastri said.

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