Describing Sachin Tendulkar as a role model, India’s ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the iconic batsman’s humility and passion for the game was an inspiration to him and to others.
“When we were growing up, Sachin was like God to all of us. He had that aura around him,” Dhoni said while interacting with the Indian community during a reception in his honour in New Jersey by the Bihar Jharkhand Association of North America.
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“Every time he turned up on the field, he wanted to improve as a cricketer. I felt he was an ideal person to look up to and that is what we did,” said Dhoni.
Asked when he will return to action, Dhoni said October is the “earliest you will see me on the field.”
During the reception, Dhoni was also honoured with a resolution in his name that lauded him for his achievements in cricket.
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Edison (New Jersey) Cricket Club President Atul Huckoo presented the resolution to Dhoni that honoured him for being “one of the greatest finishers in limited-overs cricket.”
“By virtue of his leadership skills, outstanding conduct and character, humility and aversion to seeking publicity off the field, Dhoni has become an inspiration to children of all ages around the world,” the resolution said.