Mahendra Singh Dhoni Retirement : Former Inidan Cricket Team Captian MS Dhoni has stepped down as the skipper of Indian ODI and T20I side with immediate effect. BCCI said news on twitter and acknowledged Dhoni’s “outstanding contribution as the captain of the Indian team across all formats”. He would be available for selection as a wicketkeeper-batsman. The 35-year-old had already retired from Test cricket in December 2014. Dhoni had led India to the ICC World T20 tittle in 2007, to the World Cup victory in 2011 and lifted the Champions Trophy in 2013. However, he will be available for selection for ODIs & T20Is vs England.
There was no comment offered by Dhoni, in regard to this announcement. Following this unexpected decision, the test skipper Virat Kohli may take over captaincy job for the coming series against England. MS took over the captaincy in mid 2007, replacing the legendary Rahul Dravid.
In his 10 years of captaincy career, the Jharkhand dynamite achieved umpteen records and brought home World Cups in both T20 and ODI formats. Under his leadership, Indian team has touched new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian cricket. By suddenly announcing this decision, Dhoni has silenced his critics and shut down all the rumours in his own inimitable way.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Ankur Singh @iAnkurSingh
Already hate 2017
This is sensational…..unexpected and hence shocking too!!
Why not retire? Endorsement pressure? 😢
Pramod Tinku @prmd90
😲Miss You @msdhoni One of the #GreatestCaptainForTeamIndia
plz, Don’t announce retirement till #2019WorldCup
Critics have in the recent past time and again questioned Dhoni’s leadership skills and said that it was time that Virat Kohli took over in all the formats. In fact, former Team Director Ravi Shastri had also said a few times during his reign that appointing Kohli skipper in all the three formats was in the best interest for Indian cricket.
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