Everyone Is Heartbroken After Mahendra Singh Dhoni Steps As Limited-Overs Captain
Jan 05, 2017, 00:51
Star Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday announced that he was stepping down as the captain of ODI and T20 team.
He captained India in 331 matches across all formats (Tests, ODIs and T20Is) - most by any player in cricket's history.
The coolest captain to have led the Indian Cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's legacy has been immortalised in several handsome moments in the game and a rather commercially successful biopic.
While Dhoni's form has been slipping lately - Dwayne Bravo stopped him in the last over in a Twenty20 game in the USA; Neville Madziva denied him eight required runs off the last over against Zimbabwe; and not too long ago Phagiso Rabada took the match away from India after Dhoni failed to score 11 runs off the last over in an ODI against South Africa in Kanpur - Kohli has been been winning nearly everything that comes his way.
It was mainly a one-man show for India, as Virat Kohli's sheer genius took them over the finishing line on most occasions. Among the 64 captains with at least 1000 runs in 50-over cricket, Dhoni's average of 53.92 is the second only to AB de Villiers' 65.92.
Dhoni's highest test score of 224 came against Australia in February 2013. Previously, India won back-to-back ODI series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka by 3-2 and 4-1 margins, under Dhoni, which is itself an incredible stuff.
It is hard to believe that he might have gotten a nudge from somewhere regarding his future as captain, so the belief remains that this was his own decision, 100 per cent, like the Test retirement. Kohli's style of one-day captaincy is sure to be more aggressive, less quixotic.
"The most important tournament coming up for India is the Champions Trophy in England and we are the defending champions". The news was announced by the BCCI, who tweeted it after the 35-year-old, who is now in Nagpur with the Jharkhand side he is mentoring during the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy against Gujarat, conveyed the decision to the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad. MS Dhoni was declared player of the final.
He succeeded Rahul Dravid as the skipper of the ODI team and, eventually, Anil Kumble as the skipper of the Test team. Dhoni's decision comes two days ahead of Team India's selection for limited-overs series against England.
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