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In what will be a major breaking news, India’s incumbent Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced his retirement from Test Cricket with immediate effect! MS Dhoni had in the past revealed his plans of quitting Test Cricket in 2015 or so but today he has shocked everyone with his decision.
Above photo: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 30: MS Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin of India share a joke with David Warner of Australia after a draw on day five of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 30, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Virat Kohli takes over from MS Dhoni as India’s new Test Captain. Wriddhiman Saha is expected to be the next Wicket Keeper for India in Test Cricket. MS Dhoni of course will continue to play in ODIs and T20Is.
It is indeed a shock that MS Dhoni has decided to quit Test cricket so early at an age of just 33! It was not that MS Dhoni was aging like several stars in the recent past like Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar. It wasn’t that MS Dhoni had done that badly with the bat as he did do a decent job during the England tour. But it was his poor technique and footwork that has often let MS Dhoni and India down.
MS Dhoni’s captaincy has also been questioned in the last couple of years or so and it was perhaps overdue that India had to look out for a fresh mind. Under MS Dhoni, India became the no.1 ranked side in Test Cricket but it was also under him that India was whitewashed 4-0 in Australia and 4-0 in England.
The decision of MS Dhoni to retire from Test Cricket came as a total surprise to most people. There was no prior information from Mahendra Singh Dhoni about his plans to retire after the Boxing Day Test which concluded today at Melbourne.
Dhoni has proved himself to be selfless by not waiting to play 100 Tests and he has retired with 90 Tests to his name. With 6 centuries and 33 fifties, MS Dhoni has done magnificently well but the regret could have been his lack of runs overseas. Nevertheless, MS Dhoni’s wicket keeping was always been steady and to his credit has 256 catches and 38 stumpings in Test cricket.
MS Dhoni is India’s most successful Captain in Test Cricket leading the nation in 60 Tests and winning in 27 matches. India had also lost 18 Tests under him which most of them have been outside Asia.
Below is the Media Release from Mr Sanjay Patel, the Hon. Secretary of the BCCI
One of India’s greatest Test Captains under whose leadership India became the No. 1 team in the Test Rankings MS Dhoni, has decided to retire from Test Cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of Cricket.
M S Dhoni has chosen to retire from Test Cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate on ODI and T20 formats.
BCCI while respecting the decision of M S Dhoni to retire from Test Cricket, wishes to thank him for his enormous contribution to Test Cricket and the laurels that he has brought to India.
Virat Kohli will be the captain of the Indian Team for the Fourth and Final Test against Australia to be played in Sydney from the 6th of January 2015.