In an unexpected move, MS Dhoni has stepped down as the ODI and T20I captain of Indian cricket team on Wednesday evening. The news was confirmed by BCCI on Twitter. However, he will be available for selection for the limited over games against England.
Dhoni has this knack of surprising one and all and he’s done it once again. Two years ago, in 2014, he stunned the cricketing world when he announced shock retirement from Tests midway through the Australia tour.
Rahul Johri, chief executive officer of the BCCI told Hindustan Times, “On the 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 leadership, Indian team has touched new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian cricket.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2017
Dhoni captained India in 199 matches of which India won 110 with a win percentage of 59.57. He also holds the record of most T20Is as a captain with a win percentage of 59.28. Dhoni has been India’s most successful captain. Under his leadership India have won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and also reached the top of the Test rankings in 2009. Dhoni is the only captain to win all the three ICC tournaments.
While it was Dhoni’s flamboyance that caught the imagination of the cricketing world when he started off, it was he captaincy in the 2007 World T20 that made him the cult hero. India were going through a tough time having knocked out of the 2007 World Cup but Dhoni, leading a young side gave birth to a new era with a stunning win in the inaugural T20 World Cup. While his street smart captaincy stood out and his unpredictability baffled the opponents.
Time to stand up and applaud a magnificent servant, and indeed leader, of Indian cricket. #Dhoni
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 4, 2017
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