Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India’s most successful cricket captain, has stepped down as skipper for limited overs’ format of the game. The announcement by MS Dhoni on Wednesday left everyone surprised. Earlier, the 35-year-old cricketer had taken fans by surprise when he gave up captaincy of India’s Test team midway through a series in Australia.
Under Dhoni’s leadership, India has won World Cup and T20 World Cup and he has a cult following among fans of the game. He will be available for playing limited overs’ series against England.
A terse statement, barely three paragraphs, from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) late on Wednesday must have set pulses racing in India’s cricket fraternity.
“Mahendra Singh Dhoni has informed the BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] that he wishes to step down as the captain of the Indian Cricket Team from the One Day Internationals and the T20 Internationals formats of the game,” a statement by BCCI said.