MS Dhoni is India's most successful captain. The partial credit for Dhoni's success as Indian skipper goes to former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar who rightly identified his skill as a leader.
There was a time when India was looking for a captain to take Indian cricket to new heights after Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.
Sachin, talking to Gaurav Kapur in a famous talk show Breakfast with Champions, shared why he suggested Dhoni's name for captaincy and it turned out to be a boon for Indian cricket.
Surprisingly, there were other cricketers who had played for India more than Dhoni, but he was appointed as India's skipper because veteran cricketers had backed him.
MS Dhoni has captained the Indian national team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. He achieved a lot of success during this period.
The highlight of his career as a captain is winning the 2011 World Cup, Champions Trophy in 2013 and World T20 in 2007. He also led the Indian team to number 1 spot in Test cricket. Famously known as 'Captain Cool', Dhoni has been one of the most successful Indian Premier League (IPL) skipper with two trophies and is the only captain to win the two IPL titles consecutively.
The 36-year-old Dhoni had won Sachin's faith with his conversations with the Indian cricket great. The master blaster was impressed with Dhoni's way of thinking. "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. It was during these interactions that I picked on his leadership ability," he said.
The host, Gaurav joked, “Dhoni may not have realized that it was a job interview," and Sachin laughed on it and said it was not meant to be.
Here's the video of the interview: