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16 Aug 2020
Former BCCI President N.Srinivasan has revealed that he played a huge role in saving MS Dhoni’s captaincy in the year 2011. Yes, it was the same year in which the Ranchi-man led the Indian team to World Cup glory.
India struggled abroad, losing 4-0 to England and Australia. That is when the alarm bell rang loud and the selectors decided to strip off Dhoni as captain. However, Srinivasan overruled the selectors call and Dhoni ended up retaining the leadership role.
"He had won the World Cup [in April 2011]. The selectors had not even thought of who would be his replacement. There was a discussion and then [before the formal meeting] and I said there was no way in which he would not be a player [captain].” Srinivasan told the Indian Express.
"In fact, it was a holiday. I was playing golf. I came back. Sanjay Jagdale was the [BCCI] secretary at that time and he said, 'Sir, they [selectors] are refusing to choose the captain. They will take him [Dhoni] in the team [as a player].' I came and said that MS Dhoni would be the captain. I exercised all my authority as the [BCCI] president." he revealed.
The sequence of events also led to former cricketer Mohinder Amarnath losing his position as a selector. Amarnath was likely to replace Kris Srikkanth as the chairman of the selection committee. It is to be believed that Amarnath wanted Dhoni to be removed as captain.
Dhoni plays for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, a franchise owned by Srinivasan’s India Cements. The former skipper called time on his international career on Saturday. He will be seen in playing the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League