India’s most successful captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stepped down as captain of India’s one-day and T20 Internationals. However, he will still be available for selection as a wicket-keeper batsman for upcoming series as per the BCCI reports.
THE CAPTAIN COOL
Dhoni, who is often called as captain cool had retired from Test Cricket earlier in December 2014. In fact, he holds the record of playing most matches as a captain of an international side, with 331 matches across all formats. He is also the only player to captain more than 50 matches in all three formats.
THE REMARKABLE FEAT
MS Dhoni has led India to bag the ICC World T20 title in 2007, the World Cup victory in 2011 and Champions Trophy in 2013. Moreover, he is the only captain to win all three ICC Trophies.
As a matter of fact, Dhoni will be remembered as the greatest ODI captain ever in cricket history.
THE AUTHORITY’S COMMENT
Commenting on the development of Dhoni’s decision, BCCI Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri said:
On behalf of every Indian cricket fan and the BCCI, I would like to thank MS Dhoni for his outstanding contribution as the captain of the Indian team across all formats.
Under his amazing leadership, the Indian team has touched new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the history of Indian cricket.
As per the conclusions, Virat Kohli is likely to take the captainship after having successfully led India to the top of the ICC Test rankings.
He has been amazing in all formats since last year and scored a stellar 2595 international runs which include 1215 runs in Test matches.
FRIENDS’ AND FANS’ TRIBUTE
A lot of tributes began to pour from his fans and well-wishers upon hearing Dhoni’s decision on quitting his captainship. While some fans felt sad, few congratulated him for his glorious captaincy days.
Here are few tweets:
ANURAG THAKUR – Former President of BCCI
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) January 4, 2017
Time to stand up and applaud a magnificent servant, and indeed leader, of Indian cricket. #Dhoni
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 4, 2017
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 4, 2017
I will remember Dhoni as a captain, who got calmness of nerves & champion like performance on the big nights to Indian cricket. #dhoni
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 5, 2017
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 4, 2017
‘REEL DHONI’ – SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT
— Sushant Singh Rajput (@itsSSR) January 4, 2017
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 4, 2017
And We Thought 2017 Would Be Better Than 2016. Any Way To Go Back To 2016 Please?
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) January 4, 2017
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 4, 2017
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) January 4, 2017
MANCHESTER UNITED CLUB
@msdhoni Congratulations on a wonderful career as India’s captain. 🏏👏
We hope to see you at Old Trafford soon!
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 4, 2017
We will miss Dhoni as a captain. It would not be the same to see him play again not as a captain. However, he has left behind many strategies and plans for the player who would take up the responsibility.
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