"When we were growing up, we used to watch Sachin (Tendulkar), he was like God to all of us. He had that aura around him," Dhoni said while interacting with the Indian diaspora during a reception organised in his honour in New Jersey by Bihar Jharkhand Association of North America.
Dhoni said Tendulkar is a "very good role model" since he's successful but at the same time humble.
Dhoni said when he started playing cricket, he saw "how he (Tendulkar) believed in the process."
"Every time he turned 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, according to a brief video of the event posted on the web portal the American Bazaar.
Asked when he will return to the cricket field, Dhoni said October is the "earliest you will see me on the field."
Dhoni was accompanied by former Deputy Chief Minister of Jharkhand Sudesh Mahto at the event.

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