Mahendra Singh Dhoni: India captain quits Test cricket


INDIA captain MS Dhoni has dropped a bombshell and announced his immediate retirement from Test cricket, with firebrand Virat Kohli to take over as skipper for the Sydney Test.

“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,”

“MS Dhoni has chosen to retire from Test cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate on ODI and T20 formats.

“The BBCI while respecting the decision of MS Dhoni to retire from Test cricket wishes to thank him for his enormous contribution to Test cricket and the laurels 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 on the sixth of January 2015.”

Kohli led an aggressive Indian team in the first Test in Adelaide when Dhoni was injured.

Dhoni has a questionable overseas record, losing 3-1 to England earlier this year and 4-0 to Australia last time India toured.

Record-breaking batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who quit Test cricket last year, tweeted: “Well done on a wonderful career in Test cricket. Always enjoyed playing together. Next target 2015 WC my friend!!”

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar told  “India will miss Dhoni big time because he gave a new dimension to Indian cricket.

“Over the last year or so, the pressure of captaincy was probably affecting his wicket-keeping. The amount of cricket he was playing probably told on him.”

MS Dhoni international record

Runs Average Highest Catches Stumpings
Tests: 90 4,876 38.09 224 256 38
ODIs: 250 8,192 52.85 183* 227 85
T20i: 50 849 33.96 48* 25 11

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