Mahendra Singh Dhoni has informed the BCCI, that he wishes to step down as the captain of the Indian Cricket Team from the One Day Internationals and the T20 Internationals formats of the game. He will be available for the selection for the One Day and T20I series against England and the same has been conveyed to the Senior Selection Committee – BCCI on Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
India’s finest wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his willingness to step down from One Day International and Twenty20 captaincy on the 4th of January 2017. Top order batsman Virat Kohli will most certainly replace the longstanding skipper as captain of India’s limited over team.
However, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will continue to play in all formats of the game as usual.
Dhoni retired from Test captaincy during the Australia tour in 2014. It was indeed an unexpected decision from the 35-year-old who went down as the sixth in the list “most matches as Test captain” with 60 matches under his name.
With his retirement from captaincy in limited over cricket, Dhoni terminates his part with 199 one day internationals and 72 Twenty20’s. He will be placed third on the list “most matches as one-day international captain” and first on the “most matches as Twenty20 international captain”. In total, he has led India in 331 games, most by any captain in the world.
“On behalf of every Indian cricket fan and the BCCI, I would like to thank M.S. Dhoni for his outstanding contribution as the captain of the Indian team across all formats. Under his leadership, Indian team has touched new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian cricket,” said BCCI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Johri. (sports.ndtv)
In his 199 one day internationals as captain, Dhoni has led India to 110 wins and 74 defeats with an excellent win percentage of 59.57. Alternatively, he has 41 wins and 28 losses in Twenty20 cricket.
M S Dhoni’s early life and career
Born on the 7th of July 1981, Mahendra Singh Dhoni obtained his education from DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali. His career started from Junior cricket in Bihar. As an 18-year-old, he made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar. In 2002, he joined the Jharkhand cricket team before making it to the India A squad.
Dhoni made his one-day international debut against Bangladesh on the 23rd of December 2004. Year 2005 was an excellent season for Dhoni who thrived as an impressive batsman with unbelievable knocks against world class oppositions.
He captained India in limited over cricket in late 2007. His first one-day international win as captain was against Australia. However, the greatest moment in Dhoni’s career as captain was winning the ICC World Cup after 28 long years in April 2011.
“He took the correct decision at the right time. Before the selectors removed him, it was wise to step down on his own. I am not surprised at all. With the series against England coming up, is it not the wrong time to give up captaincy? “Not at all. I fully support his decision. Before the bullet hit him, he moved away from its path,” said his childhood coach Bhattacharya. (times of india)
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