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Dhoni the best captain I have played under - Tendulkar

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April 4, 2011

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An emotional MS Dhoni is hugged by Sachin Tendulkar after India's victory, India v Sri Lanka, final, World Cup 2011, Mumbai, April 2, 2011
Sachin Tendulkar has rated MS Dhoni as the best captain he has played under © Getty Images

Two days after India were crowned World Champions, Sachin Tendulkar has rated MS Dhoni as the best captain he has played under during his 22-year cricket career.

"He [Dhoni] is the best captain I have played under," Tendulkar said in Mumbai. "He is very sharp and always alert. He reads the situation well and is open to sharing ideas. He always has discussions with bowlers, batsmen and senior players separately."

Tendulkar, who has played under six captains, including Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble, praised Dhoni's ability to maintain his composure whatever the match situation. "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."

India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final in Mumbai after coming through the knockout stages with hard-fought wins over Australia and Pakistan and a patchy performance in the group matches. Tendulkar said that India had "peaked" when it mattered the most. "In the knockout stage we peaked at the right time; it was most important. We knew either the batting was clicking, or bowling, or fielding but everything was not clicking together, but [apart from] in the last three games. Everybody contributed, right from seniors to the juniors in the team. No one can guarantee results but efforts can be [guaranteed]."

After India's victory in the final, Dhoni had said the team had felt the pressure of expectations right through the tournament. Tendulkar said the key to handling that pressure lay in focussing on individual performances. "Pressure and expectation are always there, we were thinking that as individuals we should perform our best. We were not thinking that if a bowler fails, others will take wickets like that; we wanted to do our individual best and perform as a team.

"The responsibility is on all the team members equally. Like me, it was the dream of all the team members to get this World Cup."

Tendulkar said that while lifting the trophy was on the players' minds, the focus was on restricting Sri Lanka to a gettable target and "go through the process and finish the game". He said the pre-World Cup preparatory camp the team had in Bangalore also played a key role in the team's preparation.

Tendulkar paid tribute to the efforts of outgoing coach Gary Kirsten, saying that while he would like Kirsten to continue, he respected his decision to leave, and that the team would "miss" him.


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Posted by Vijay P on (April 7, 2011, 9:48 GMT)

Not just in India, he is the most successful captain in the whole world since he took charge. Be it the Indian team or the IPL team, he produced spetacular results.

Posted by Rohan on (April 7, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

i'm a bengali(first an INDIAN) , bt i believe dhoni is way ahead of ganguly, few bias dada suporters may say ganguly brought bhajji, zaheer, sewag etc etc, i cnt agree with them, its players performance in domestic which brought them in d team, selectors and and captains gave them chances, sachin, kumble, srinath, jadeja, sidhu all flourished under azhar, virat, gambhir, raina, munaf, ashwin,yusuf flourished under dhoni, so why dnt u say azhar gave us sachin??????? sehwag, zaheer, bhajji, yuvi all of them were raw talents, no point of taking their credit away frm them , also the time sourav played as captain zimbabwe was regular in test cricket, out of sourav's 21 wins as captain 9-10 of them was against zim and bangladesh, u rock DHONI , we indians proud of u.......

Posted by BABU on (April 7, 2011, 6:21 GMT)

Mr. Sachin, Don't forget all credit will go to Mr. Sourav ganguly. He is the 1st man to select the team through out India and destroyed your Mumbai useless domination in Cricket.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 6, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

Its been a long journey. India have only 4 great captains. 1983, kapil made india to believe that india can also have fast bowlers and India can win the world cup. The journey started. In 90s under azzu India won few great tourney: hero cup (great last over bowling by sachin), twice sharjah cup, 3 times asia cup but lost in 96 semis against great lanka team. Azhar promote sachin as an opener & gave opportunity to sourav-dravid in replace of sidhu-sanjay in england. Azhar never had great team but he tried. It was sourav who changed the whole senario. India started batting very deep: yuvi at 5, kaif at 6 dravid played as kepper at 7. He made an united team and we started calling them team India. India did well at home under azhar but started winning abroad under dada. He changed the mentality of the players. Record says, dhoni is the best indian captain of all time but to me above mentioned 4 are equally important and played major part for Indian cricket development as captain.

Posted by shishir on (April 6, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

Dhoni is the "Imran Khan of India". The way he experimented in the Final and prompted himself to bat up the order is commendable. This reminds me of Imran Khan who batted up the order in World Cup 1992. Finally it is the captain who takes the burden of the team and he did justice to that.

Happy to see Sachin being part of the winning team.

Posted by NITIN on (April 6, 2011, 11:29 GMT)

Why did Sachin waited for so long (till Dhoni won WC2011 as captain) to say "Dhoni is best captain he ever played under"? Something is cooking...

Posted by Ramamurthy on (April 6, 2011, 9:39 GMT)

My 2 cents, Dhoni is a really smart captain but to be adjudged the best Indian captain ever, is still some distance away. Not many can manage the ego of a team such as India and balance between the seniors (who are worshiped like demi-gods) and juniors and Dhoni has done that successfully so far. But the fact still remains that he took over a well oiled machinery from the likes of Saurav and Kumble and infused a sense of oneness / 'enjoy your game' to bring about this change of fortunes. But his stint has so far been short and most of the laurels (except the 2007 T20 cup) have come in sub-continent pitches (including the majority of test matches that we have played). The final evaluation should be made on a longer run to see if he can get the best out of the team when we play outside too.

Posted by ELANGOVAN on (April 6, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

i wish sensibility prevails. dada was the best captain... look at our star performers of this world cup. Yuvi, viru, zak aashish,,,,dada oly found all of them. with these guys if he could make it to the finals in south africa, then anyone can make these lads champions at our own backyard. dhoni ight be a good captain but dada is the best. if dhoni makes a team that ll win a world cup sans all the above and sachin hiself too, i accept he is the best captain. sorry sachin u are wrong.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 6, 2011, 4:22 GMT)

Salute to Sachin Appreciating his captain....

Posted by jazee on (April 5, 2011, 23:17 GMT)

Hi, can ne1 tell what did Yuvraj Singh get for being Man of the series in WorldCup 2011? ne gift etc. like his predessors.

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