Dhoni is the best captain I played under: Sachin

(image) Mumbai: He has played under six captains in a career spanning 21 years but senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Monday rated current India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the best for his sharp mind and calm demeanour.

Tendulkar has played six World Cups in his career but it was under Dhoni that the iconic batsman realised his dream of becoming a part of a winning team after they beat Sri Lanka in the finals at the Wankhede stadium on Saturday.

"He (Dhoni) is the best captain I have played under. He is very sharp and always alert. He reads the situation well and is open to sharing ideas. He always has discussions with bowlers, batsmen and senior players separately," said Tendulkar.

"One more good thing is he is always calm and never shows his frustration. These are some of the human qualities which have made him such a good captain. He is a fantastic captain," he added.

Asked about outgoing India coach Gary Kirsten, Tendulkar said he wants the South African to continue.

"Personally I want Gary to continue but I understand he has got commitments and he must have thought about this before the tournament. I respect his decision," he said.

"It has been a pleasure to work with him, he worked as hard as the players, he is like a bowling machine, bowling 200-300 balls to the batsmen. It has always been a fabulous experience to rub shoulder with him, we will miss him," he added.

Tendulkar feels the team peaked at the right time at the knockout stage after playing some close matches in the league stages of the tournament.

"In the knockout stage we peaked at the right time, it was most important, we knew either the batting was clicking or bowling or fielding but everything was not clicking together, but in the last three games. Everybody contributed, right from seniors to the juniors in the team. Results no one can guarantee but efforts can be," he said.

Tendulkar said winning the World Cup was the biggest day of his life.

"My biggest day in life was April 2, 2011. We had to pinch one another that it was actually happening in our life.

I thank God for such a day, it was by his grace."

Asked how did the team deal with pressure, Tendulkar said they just tried to give their individual best.

"Pressure and expectation are always there, we were thinking that as individuals we should perform our best. If bowler fails, others will take wickets we were not thinking like that, we wanted to do our individual best and perform as a team."