It is an unhidden fact that MS Dhoni idolized Sachin Tendulkar and the little master was one of the reasons why the great Indian captain picked up a cricket bat and had a passion for the game. Former India captain MS Dhoni may have become one of the biggest names in world cricket and indeed, sports in general, over the course of his illustrious career but he has been quite vocal about his affection for the great Sachin Tendulkar.
Now in a recent interaction with students at the MS Dhoni Global School that he had always looked up to Sachin Tendulkar as a child. “As a cricketing role model, it has always been Sachin Tendulkar. I was exactly like you guys, I used to watch Sachin Tendulkar play and always thought that I want to play like him. Later on, I realized that I can’t play like but in my heart, I always wanted to play like him. He was a cricketing idol growing up,” said Dhoni.
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Dhoni made his international debut in 2004, thus becoming Tendulkar’s teammate for nearly the last 10 years of the latter’s extraordinary career. The pair put up a number of big partnerships across formats, with Dhoni notably being at the other end when Tendulkar became the first male player to score a double century in ODI cricket. Dhoni had smashed an unbeaten 68 in just 35 matches in that match, doing the bulk of the scoring as he and Tendulkar put up 101 runs for the fourth wicket off just 54 balls.
Sachin Tendulkar hailed MS Dhoni as the best captain he played under
MS Dhoni also captained India to victory in the 2011 World Cup, in which Tendulkar was also part of the side. That World Cup was also Sachin’s last shot at winning the prestigious title. Sachin Tendulkar would say a couple of days after India won the trophy that Dhoni was the best captain he has played under. “He [Dhoni] is the best captain I have played under,” Tendulkar said in Mumbai.
“He is very sharp and always alerts. He reads the situation well and is open to sharing ideas. He always has discussions with bowlers, batsmen, and senior players separately. He is always calm and never shows his frustration. These are some of the human qualities which have made him such a good captain. He is a fantastic captain.”
- MS Dhoni wins hearts with his comments on Sachin Tendulkar.
- Dhoni idolized Sachin Tendulkar while growing up.