Sachin, Rahul, Sourav helped Dhoni become captain

Published: Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 12:23 [IST]
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Sachin, Rahul, Sourav helped Dhoni

Mumbai: Sachin, Ganguly and Dravid had a played key role in Mahendra Singh Dhoni's appointment as the Indian captain for the inaugural World Twenty20 Cup in 2007, former chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar revealed here on Monday.

Vengsarkar who was in England then interacted Sachin, Rahul and Sourav who felt Dhoni had the right attitude to become the India captain.

"We (selectors) too felt so, though there was initial apprehension about how he would assume full charge", he said

Sachin, Ganguly and Dravid had withdrawn from the T20 world cup to pave the way for to Dhoni become the captain.

Former Indian captain said he knew that the team would win the 2007 title after the league opener against Pakistan which ended in a tie and had to be resolved through a bowl-out won by Dhoni and his men.

"We had beaten Pakistan in our first match in 1985 in the Benson and Hedges (World Championship in Australia) and went on to win the championship", Vengsarkar recalled, explaining reasons for his optimism two years ago about the Dhoni-led side.

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Vengsarkar predicts that a total of 180 should be winning one in the seaming conditions in England.


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