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MS Dhoni stands by his decision to hand over captaincy to Virat Kohli

September 14, 2018

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When MS Dhoni, India’s most successful captain, announced he was relinquishing limited-overs captaincy it ahead of the one-day Internationals and Twenty20 internationals against England in January 2017 it shocked the cricketing world. 

NDTV Sports reported that Dhoni revealed that the decision to make way for his successor Virat Kohli was a well thought out one. “I resigned from captaincy because I wanted the new captain to get enough time to prepare the team before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019,” the wicketkeeper-batsman was quoted as saying.

“Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain appropriate time isn’t possible. I believe that I left the captaincy at the right time,” Dhoni said in Ranchi recently.

Dhoni had given up the test captaincy in December 2014 when he retired from the format. However, he stayed on as ODI and T20 captain after assuming the those roles in 2007.

He led India to victory in the 2007 World T20 in South Africa, the 2011 World Cup in India and the 2013 Champions Trophy in England.

Dhoni captained India in 199 ODIs, of which he won 110. He was captain in 72 international T20s, of which India won 41. He was also India’s most successful test captain with 27 wins, 18 defeats and 15 draws under his belt.

He is also the only captain to have led India to ODI and T20 series wins in Australia, as well as an ODI series win in New Zealand.

He made 6,633 ODI runs as captain at an average of 54 and a strike rate of 86. As a captain in the T20s, Dhoni scored 1,112 runs at a strike rate of 122.60. In test cricket, he made 3,454 runs at an average of 40.63.

Dhoni, who is still available for selection as a wicketkeeper-batsman, will be playing in the Asia Cup.


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