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Nov 2, 2011

Good to have Sachin in the side: MS Dhoni

India Cricket Captain 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.

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

"I have not played under his captaincy. It's always good to have him in the team, 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," MS Dhoni told reporters 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 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."

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."

The West Indies series starts at Delhi on Sunday, November 6.