New Delhi, January 5: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the coolest captain on Wednesday announced his decision to quit as a captain of Team India's limited over cricket matches. But he will be available for selection for the ODI and T20 England series starting 15th January.
Dhoni relinquishes captaincy in all formats of the game. He stunned the cricket fraternity by relinquishing the captaincy barely 11 days before the ODI series against England. Dhoni had earlier stepped down as Captain of India's Test team. Under Dhoni’s leadership, India had won a T-20 and ODI World Cup and a Champions Trophy title.
Whereas, sporting fraternity congratulated MS Dhoni on his glorious captaincy career. The biggest cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has said it's a daMahendra Singh Dhoni has announced his decision to step down as captain of Team India's limited over cricket matches. He will, however, be available for selection for the ODI and T20 England series starting 15th of this month.
MS Dhoni has clearly stated that he is only quitting the captaincy of Indian cricket team but he will continue his career playing as a team member. Dhoni quit test cricket in late 2014, with India having topped the rankings in the game's longest format under his inspiring captaincy, which was marked by innovative field-setting and smart marshaling of his bowlers.
MS Dhoni mainly knew as a hard hitter of a cricket ball and as an aggressive batsman, with the latter making him an automatic choice in limited overs squads, Dhoni was first put in charge of India's 20-over team which won the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007. He soon became India’s one-day captain and in 2011 he sealed India's 50-over World Cup victory with a six at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium to register his name permanently in into the country's cricket history.
Since his international debut in a one-dayer against Bangladesh in 2004, Dhoni has become a household name in India and inspired a Bollywood biopic in 2016. Dhoni's exit as captain, however, was considered just a matter of time. With Virat Kohli excelling as test captain, the pressure had been mounting on selectors to put the Delhi player in charge across all 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.