Mumbai, January 11: India’s most successful captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s finishes his captaincy career with the loss of the match. Notably, Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday played his last match as a captain of India A team against England A team in a practice match at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
India A team after loosing the toss came to bat first. Indian team started off very well and capitalised into the big score. India A completed their 50 overs with 304 runs on the scoreboard which were a challenging score for visitors. India A lost only 5 wickets.
Importantly, the skipper himself who lost the momentum of his own style gained it and played exactly in the way he earlier used to. MS Dhoni smashed 68 runs in only 40 balls and remained not out till the end of the Indian innings.
True to his reputation as one of the game's greatest finishers, Dhoni magnificently struck 23 runs in the last over of the innings, bowled by paceman Chris Woakes, who had done reasonably well until then, conceding 48 runs in nine overs. The first delivery was dispatched for a six, with Dhoni making room and heaving the ball over backward square leg. A couple of boundaries followed before the captain struck a six over midwicket and finished of Indian inning.
Not only Dhoni, but Yuvraj, Dhawan and Ambati Rayadu also played very beautifully and contributed in the game. Yuvraj scored 56 runs, Dhawan scored 63 runs and Rayadu scored a ton before getting retired hurt.
Despite India’s challenging score, England A team in pressure also played very aggressively and won the match. Sam Billings emerged top scorer for the visitors, contributing 93 runs while the other batsmen including openers Jason Roy scored 62 runs, Alex Hales scored 40 runs whereas middle order batsman Jos Buttler scored 46 runs. Kuldeep Yadav amongst Indian bowlers was the most successful amongst others and took 5 wickets.
But most importantly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s looked happy with his own performance and also satisfied with other players performances. Notably, Mahendra Singh Dhoni also knew as ‘captain cool’ took everyone surprising when he took the decision of quitting the captaincy of Indian cricket team from limited over formats.
Since taking charge in 2007, Dhoni captained India in 199 one-dayers, winning 110 and losing 74. He also skippered India in 72 Twenty20 Internationals, with 41 wins and 28 losses. Dhoni not only holds the record for most matches as captain of an international side, with 331 games across all formats, but he is also the only captain to have won all three ICC trophies ODI World Cup, World Twenty20 and Champions Trophy.