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Good to have genius like Tendulkar in team: Dhoni

November 02, 2011 08:24 IST

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not have much to say about Sachin Tendulkar's captaincy but said it's good to have a "genius" like him in the side.

Dhoni was asked to react on former BCCI secretary J Y Lele's book, in which he wrote that Tendulkar could not prove himself as a successful captain as he paid heed to too many advices.

MS Dhoni"I have not played under his (Sachin's) captaincy. It's always good to have him in the side; he is a genius and comes up with his own ideas. It's good to have him on the field as he is a class batsman," Dhoni said at an Army function, where he was bestowed the honorary rank of Lt Colonel in Territorial Army.

Lele wrote in his book that, "Sachin could not exactly prove himself as a successful captain, though as a player he is a legend, the greatest. His biggest problem was that he used to listen to too many people. Basically a very soft, rather shy, cultured gentleman, Sachin formed the habit of respecting elders," he stated.

"He thought it was his duty to implement what they suggested. While doing so, he sometimes did not apply his mind. In deserving cases, it proved advantageous, in others, otherwise," Lele added.

Asked about upcoming West Indies series at home, Dhoni said, "We have got full batting strength and good bowlers in our side, so hopefully we do well in the series."

West Indies series starts November 6 in New Delhi.

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