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Rahul Dravid prevents Sachin and Saurabh from playing the first T20 World Cup

Edited By Bharat Malhotra | | Updated: 29 Jun 2020, 09:47:00 AM IST

Senior players decide not to play first World T20 (Indiatimes photo)

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In the first World T20 of 2007, many big Indian players did not participate. Former Team India coach Lalchand Rajput has revealed that the then Indian captain Rahul Dravid has given senior players like Sachin Tendulkar and Saurabh Ganguly to South Africa in this tournament. Was prevented from attending.

Rajput, who was the manager of the team in the first T20 World Cup (2007 T20 World Cup), revealed how senior players were thinking that in this new format young players should get a chance to be fearless under the leadership of new captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. To play India topped all the apprehensions and captured the title by performing brilliantly in the World Cup.

On Facebook Live with SportsKeeda, he said, 'Yes, it is true that Rahul Dravid had prevented Sachin and Saurabh from playing the 2007 T20 World Cup. Rahul was the captain in England and some players came directly from England for the T20 World Cup in Johannesburg. Then the senior players had said that the youth should be given a chance for this tournament. Although he may have regretted this after winning the World Cup. Since Sachin always used to tell me that I have been playing for so many years and I have not won the World Cup yet.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a combination of Saurabh Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.

For the first time in the World Cup, the world saw the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The world saw how he kept calm on important occasions and took right decisions on difficult occasions. Rajput also saw Dhoni growing as a captain. Rajput said that he was convinced from the very beginning that Dhoni would be among the most successful captains of India.

Rajput said that to be honest, Dhoni used to be very quiet. He was two steps ahead of the opposition team. He was a combination of Saurabh Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. Ganguly trusted the players. He was the captain who changed the mindset of Indian cricket. I think Dhoni carried this tradition forward. He also gave opportunities to many players. Dhoni never showed any anger on the field and gave the players a chance to perform at their best.

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