In a move which would have surprised many cricket pundits and cricket lovers. Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has decided to call it a day to his international test cricket career to concentrate more on T20 and One Day Internationals. The Boxing Day test match which ended in a draw today will be his last match as player and captain and Virat Kohli will take over the duties here on forth.
MS Dhoni played 90 test matches for India scoring 4876 runs with an average of 38.09 with six centuries to his credit. He captained India in 60 matches the highest number by any Indian Cricket Captain winning 27 matches and losing 19 and drawing 15 games in total which makes him the most successful test captain of all time.
But his one day records is even more stellar having won the inaugural T20 world cup in 2007 and the ICC World Championship Trophy in 2011 and Champion Trophy in 2013. This decision could be behind his desire to win the ICC cricket world cup cricket tournament which begins on 14th February 2015 and by giving up the test cricket and the additional burden attached to, he will be able to concentrate better.
A BCCI statement read “one of India's greatest Test captains under whose leadership India became the No.1 team in the Test rankings Dhoni, has decided to retire from Test cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of cricket. Dhoni has chosen to retire from Tests with immediate effect in order to concentrate on ODIs and T20 formats.” "BCCI, while respecting the decision of Dhoni to retire from Test cricket, wishes to thank him for his enormous contribution to Tests and the laurels that he has brought to India
The team selectors were expecting something of this sort that he might come up in press conference and announce his renouncement of captaincy, but the shocker came when he announced his retirement from the longer version of the game. A couple of days back there was this rumor that not everything is right or in place in the dressing room which he divulged in last press conference. Kohli, no doubt, is an emerging star of Indian cricket or the world cricket as well. He has shown his prowess whenever required. The other day, India’s most successful captain, Saurav Ganguly as well as the living legend Gavaskar also talked about the depleting performance of Mr. Cool and suggested him to take off the cap and hand it over to Virat Kohli.
In his illustrious career as a cricketer MS Dhoni has received several awards accolades like the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 becoming the only player to win the award twice. The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna was awarded to Dhoni in 2007 the nation’s highest recognition in sports and the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honor, in 2009. He was named as the captain of ICC World Test XI and ICC World ODI XI teams for 2009. The Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni back in 2011 becoming the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to have received this honor.
Dhoni’s announcement is still suspense because no one leaves a important series the way he has left. The world is waiting to hear what made him take the decision in such a way. What was the hurry! One can even call this ongoing test series the Grave Yard for Captains since Michael Clark’s future is also unknown