New Delhi: MS Dhoni has decided to step down as India limited overs captain. Though, he will be available for selection when the selectors sit to pick the squad for three ODIs and Three T20s against England on Friday.
NEWS ALERT – Mahendra Singh #Dhoni steps down as #Captain of #TeamIndia. He will be available for selection for ODIs & T20Is vs England
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2017
The news came as a surprise because Dhoni is training with Jharkhand team in Nagpur, where his sate team was playing the Ranji Trophy semifinal against Gujarat.
“Mahendra Singh Dhoni has informed the BCCI, 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 from the board read.
“He will be available for the selection for the One Day and T20I series against England and the same has been conveyed to the Senior Selection Committee.”
MS Dhoni’s Record as a Captain
Only captain to win three ICC Trophies
Mahendra Dhoni is the only captain in the world who has lifted three different ICC trophies– the 50-over World Cup (2011), T20 World Cup (2007), and Champion Trophy (2013) .
Most Successful Indian captain
Dhoni has captained India in 60 Test matches. With a win percentage of 45% he has won 27 matches as captain, making him the most successful Indian skipper. In his 199 ODIs as captain India won 110 and he led India to victory in 42 T20 matches among the 72 he has led.
1st captain to make India No. 1
India became the No. 1 Test side under Dhoni for the first time in 2009 and held that position for as long as 21 months before being toppled by England in 2011.
Most experienced captain (in terms of matches)
Including Tests, ODIs and T20s, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has led India in 331 matches, the most by any captain in the world. Dhoni has led India in 60 Tests (6th most), 199 ODIs (3rd most) and in 72 T20Is (the most).
Highest serving Indian captain (in terms of matches)
Dhoni is the highest serving Indian captain across all formats. Only Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin come close to his tally of matches as Indian captain.
Most stumpings in International cricket.
Most sixes in International cricket as captain.
Awards won by MS Dhoni
- ICC ODI Player of the Year : 2008, 2009
- ICC World ODI XI: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- ICC World Test XI: 2009, 2010, 2013
- LG People’s Choice Award : 2013
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest honor given for achievement in sports, 2007–08.
- Honorary doctorate degree by De Montfort University in August 2011.
Tweets for MS Dhoni
Even one of the greatest captains of all time decides enough is enough … Well done @msdhoni on an incredible leadership term .. #Dhoni
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 4, 2017
I think @msdhoni will go down as one of India’s most successful captains. He is a great man and still has a lot to offer Indian cricket.
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) January 4, 2017
“If he had quit as a player, then I would have the been the first one outside his house, having a dharna asking him to make a comeback. As a player, he is still a destroyer. He change fortunes of the game in a single over. India needs him as a player very very badly. I am happy that he has decided to stay on as a player,”
I congratulate @msdhoni on an illustrious career as Capt who led #TeamIndia to memorable victories in T20WorldCup 2007 & 2011 @ICC WorldCup!
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) January 4, 2017
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