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‘Dhoni most powerful’

New Delhi: Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi considers Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be the most powerful captain in the history of Indian cricket.

“I haven’t seen a more powerful captain than Dhoni,” said Bedi at a book launch on Tuesday.

“He enjoys the freedom to do whatever he wants. Former skippers like Tiger Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar or Kapil Dev never enjoyed such freedom while handling the side.”

Bedi said though he was not a great fan of the current India captain, he always acknowledged his contribution to Indian cricket. “I had never been a great fan of Dhoni, but I cannot deny his impact on the game. He has done a lot for Indian cricket.”

Bedi also had a word of advice for Dhoni saying the current captain should be more accessible to his teammates.

“I believe when VVS Laxman chose to retire, he could not contact his captain. It’s not good,” said Bedi.