Tuesday, 30 December 2014

MS Dhoni retires from Tests with immediate effect

In a stunning disclosure, MS Dhoni has proclaimed his retirement from Test cricket with quick impact. A BCCI press release said, "MS Dhoni has chosen to resign from Test cricket refering to the strain of playing all formats  of cricket." The release also added that Dhoni wanted to focus on Odis and T20is from now on.

Virat Kohli, who headed the side in the first Test at Adelaide when Dhoni was injured, has been named skipper for the fourth Test against Australia in Sydney.

Having played 90 Tests and scored 4876 runs for India, Dhoni is measurably India's best wicket-keeper batsman ever. He also effected 294 dismissals as a 'keeper, which is agreeably the most by an Indian and fifth best ever. For a real piece of his Test career, 60 Tests to be exact, Dhoni also shouldered the load of heading the side. He is also India's best Test captain with 27 wins. India drew 15 games while losing 18 Tests under him.

While he proceeded with the convention of India being powerhouses at home, his captaincy record abroad went on a downturn lately. Of the 30 Tests that India played abroad under Dhoni, they won just 6 while losing 15. Notwithstanding, he also headed India to a series win in New Zealand and West Indies. India also moved to the No. 1 spot in the ICC Test rankings in Dhoni's tenure.

There had been expanding weight on Dhoni as a captain in Tests abroad especially after Virat Kohli's amazing indicating as captain in the Adelaide Test. Dhoni had prior shown that he would be venturing far from one of the formats post the 2015 World Cup. With the series already decided in Melbourne, it may well have impacted his choice to resign with quick impact.