Sachin Tendulkar backed Mahendra Singh Dhoni to captain India in 2007: Sharad Pawar

The former ICC president Sharad Pawar also reveals that Rahul Dravid, who stepped down from captaincy in 2007, suggested Sachin Tendulkar's name as a possible replacement, but the Master Blaster refused to take up the mantle.

updated: November 10, 2013 14:28 IST
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Mumbai: Mumbai Cricket Association chief Sharad Pawar has revealed that it was Sachin Tendulkar who batted for Mahendra Singh Dhoni as captain of the Indian team after Rahul Dravid expressed his desire to give up captaincy on 2007.

"Sachin loves to lend a helping hand to fellow players, especially the juniors, and believes in team spirit. Humility is his middle name. He gave up captaincy to concentrate on his game," Pawar wrote on his blog today.

"Now, a cute story which will delight the countless fans of Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni as well. It so happened that a few years ago the Indian cricket team was playing in England. As BCCI chief I too was in London," he said.

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