If Mahendra Singh Dhoni became India's Test captain in 2008, he should thank two 'veterans' in the squad who proposed his name. Dilip Vengsarkar, who was the chief national selector then, revealed at a book launch ceremony in Mumbai on Wednesday that Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid suggested Dhoni take over the leadership after Anil Kumble quit.
Speaking at the launch of 'Sachin: Cricketer of the Century' by journalist Vimal Kumar, Vengsarkar said he never imagined that Tendulkar would keep playing for India till the age of 40. "He can certainly keep playing and once he retires, cricket will surely miss Tendulkar," said Vengsarkar. The Colonel, as Vengsarkar was known for his upright batting stance, revealed that it was after Tendulkar and Dravid gave their thumbs up, Dhoni was made India's Test skipper.
Dhoni, of course, had the credentials to become India's Test skipper. He was appointed the T20 captain in the ICC T20 World Cup in South Africa in September 2007. India won the Cup beating Pakistan in the final. Dhoni went on to become the ODI captain and when an injured Anil Kumble pulled out and subsequently quit, Dhoni, till then India's vice-captain, was elevated as Test skipper in the fourth and final Test against Australia in November 2008.