MS Dhoni steps down as India’s ODI and T20I captain
MS Dhoni has stepped down as captain of India’s limited-overs teams ahead of the ODIs and T20Is against England in starting from January 15. MS Dhoni will still play as a wicket keeper batsman against England in ODI and T20 series.
BCCI selectors are meeting to pick the squads on January 6 in Mumbai. The BCCI did not immediately name a captain for limited over format, but Test skipper Virat Kohli likely to take captain ship job.
BCCI chief executive Rahul Johri said “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 MS Dhoni leadership, Indian team has touched new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian cricket.”
Mahendea Singh Dhoni was India’s most successful captain, He leading the team to victory in the 2007 World T20 in South Africa, the 2011 World Cup in India, and the 2013 Champions Trophy in England.
Dhoni led India in 199 ODIs, of which he won 110 and lost 74. He was captain in 72 T20Is, of which India won 41 and lost 28.
Probably its for betterment of Indian cricket, Vireat Kolhi leading the team and MS Dhoni playing careless cricket like how he played when he first came in.
The timing seems to be a perfect one to hand over captainship to Virat Kohli in all format, 6 months before champions trophy and 2+ years before World Cup 2019.