They might have dropped him: N Srinivasan reveals how he fought to retain MS Dhoni as captain post-2011

Previous BCCI President N Srinivasan has uncovered how he practiced his power to hold MS Dhoni as the chief of the Indian group after a helpless excursion in the 2011 visit through Australia.

Post the 2011 World Cup triumph, India's fall started in England where the side endured a 4-0 whitewash misfortune in Tests and neglected to win a solitary ODI. The terrible showings proceeded in Australia where India confronted one more whitewash in the longest configuration. The calls were made to supplant Dhoni as commander and one of the Indian selectors at the time likewise demanded for Dhoni's expulsion from the post.

"This was 2011. India had won the World Cup. And afterward in Australia, we didn't do well in the Tests. Along these lines, one of the selectors needed to evacuate him (Dhoni) as the ODI chief. The fact is, how would you expel him as the ODI skipper?" Srinivasan said in a discussion with Indian Express.

"He had won the World Cup (only a couple of months back). They (selectors) had not thought of who might be his substitution. There was a conversation and afterward (before the proper gathering) I said there was no chance to get where he would not be a player."

Srinivasan further uncovered that there was "some partiality" against Dhoni and had he not mediated, the wicketkeeper-batsman may have been dropped from the side, as well.

"Truth be told, it was an occasion. I was playing golf. I returned. Sanjay Jagdale was the (BCCI) secretary around then and he stated, 'Sir, they (selectors) are declining to pick the skipper. They will take him (Dhoni) in the group'. I came and said MS Dhoni (would be the skipper). I practiced all my power as the (BCCI) president," Srinivasan said.

"It's obvious, there was clearly some partiality some place, which reflected. He (Dhoni) has won the World Cup for you. After 1983, India won it again and you state, 'I don't need him to be the ODI skipper'! Left to them (selectors), they may have (dropped him as a player). I don't have the foggiest idea. I feel that was the most out of line (move) and I am happy that I persevered."