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Big statement of former BCCI president, I saved Dhoni's captaincy after 2011 World Cup

The India Print 2020-08-17 21:50:33

Sports Desk: After the announcement of the retirement of former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on August 15 at 7.29 pm, everyone is wishing him for the new innings of life. In such a situation, people associated with the cricket world are sharing stories related to them. In such a situation, former chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, N. Srinivasan, disclosed that after the 2011 World Cup, there was a demand to remove Dhoni from the captaincy but he had saved Dhoni's captaincy. 

Srinivasan said, India won the World Cup in 2011 and after that in Australia we did not do well in the Test (4–0 defeat). One of the selectors wanted to remove Dhoni from the ODI captaincy. I said, he had won the World Cup a few months ago, how can you remove him as a one-day captain? The selectors did not even think who would replace him. There was a discussion and then before the formal meeting I said that this is not the way. 

The former president said, it was a holiday that day and I came back playing golf. The then BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale told me that Sir (selector) is refusing to choose Dhoni as captain. They will take him into the team. Then I reached the meeting directly from the golf course. I said that MS Dhoni will be the captain. I exercised all my rights as BCCI President. 

It may be noted that Dhoni announced his retirement after being away from cricket for over a year and now he will be seen captaining the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2020 starting in the UAE from 19 September.