One of the greatest leaders in the history of the sport, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is highly recognized. The former India wicketkeeper-batsman, who captained the team from 2007 to 2017, is the only one to have won an ICC trophy in every kind of match. In addition to leading India to the first T20 World Cup victory in 2007, Dhoni also won the ICC Test Mace. Under MS Dhoni’s leadership, India won the ODI World Cup in 2011 at home.

When the board asked Sachin Tendulkar to take over as captain from Rahul Dravid, the former suggested Dhoni. Tendulkar said why he persuaded the BCCI to choose a very young MS Dhoni as the captain of the squad; the wicketkeeper-batter was 26 when he was selected as the leader of the Indian team at an Infosys-sponsored event.

“I was offered the captaincy in England at this time. I informed them that the team had a highly capable junior leader to who they should pay special attention. I’ve spoken to him a lot, mostly on the field when I would be fielding at first slip, and I’ve always asked him, “What do you think?” Even though Rahul was the captain, Tendulkar recalled, “I would question him, and the answers I got were calm, balanced, and mature.

“Being a good captain means being one step ahead of the competition. As we like to say, josh se nahi, hosh se khelo, if one is wise enough to do that (play sensibly). You won’t get 10 wickets in 10 balls or an instant. It must be planned. The scoreboard is important in the end. And I recognized those traits in him. I thus suggested his name,” the former India batter said.

Tendulkar was a member of the Indian squad that Dhoni captained when they won the 2011 World Cup. The ‘master blaster’, as he was fondly known, retired from the game in 2013 with Dhoni leading in Tendulkar’s last Test in Mumbai.