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Former BCCI President discloses why Dravid decided to step down from captaincy

Rahul Dravid was a batting genius during the playing days of his cricketing career. His contribution as a batsman, fielder, wicket-keeper and captain has been really admirable. Popularly called the Wall of Indian cricket, the 48-year-old is the current Director of Cricket Operations at National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru.

Former BCCI President discloses why Dravid decided to step down from captaincy

Besides that, he also monitors the progress of India A and India under-19 cricket teams. Meanwhile, former BCCI president Sharad Pawar disclosed that MS Dhoni was the not primary choice to become the skipper of the Indian national cricket team in the year 2007.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni first led the Indian cricket team during the 2007 T20 World Cup tournament where they made a huge impact by winning the inaugural edition. But before MS Dhoni, Rahul Dravid was skippering the Indian team from the front.

Why Dravid stepped down as captain in 2007?

At that time, Dravid told Sharad Pawar that he doesn’t want to be the Indian skipper during the 2007 England Test series. The former BCCI President revealed the reason behind Dravid stepping down from captaincy. He said Dravid added that the captaincy role was affecting his batting performance.

“I remember India had gone to England in 2007. At that time, Rahul Dravid was the captain. I was there in England then and Dravid came to meet me. He told me how he no longer wanted to lead India. He told me how the captaincy was affecting his batting. He told me that he should be relieved from the captaincy,” said the former BCCI President while addressing a public meeting, as per news agency ANI.

Pawar also said that not MS Dhoni but Sachin Tendulkar was chosen as the first choice to lead the Indian cricket team but the Little Master turned down the role. “I then asked Sachin Tendulkar to lead the side, but he refused the role,” he added.

The former BCCI President also said that it was the batting maestro Sachin himself who suggested Dhoni’s name and added that he is the man who can lead the Indian team. Sachin’s suggestion was spot on as MS Dhoni became the first captain to win all three ICC trophies for India.

“I told Sachin that if both of you and Dravid do not want to lead the side, how will we go about things? Then Sachin told me that we have one more player in the country who could lead the side and his name is none other than MS Dhoni. After that, we gave the leadership to Dhoni,” he added.

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