Mahendra Singh Dhoni retires from Test Cricket; Virat Kohli to lead India at Sydney

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

New Delhi, Dec 30: Indian skipper MS Dhoni on Tuesday decided to take retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect. The decision comes after India drew the third Test against Australia in Melbourne.

The reason behind Dhoni’s decision is stated to be the rigour of playing and leading India in all three formats. The 33-year-old has previously indicated he would quit Tests before ODIs, but the decision comes as a surprise especially since it was announced in the middle of the ongoing series.

The news was confirmed by BCCI through their official account on micro-blogging site Twitter.

The BCCI statement said: “One of India’s greatest Test captains under whose leadership India became the No.1 team in the Test rankings Dhoni, has decided to retire from Test cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of cricket. M S Dhoni has chosen to retire from Test Cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate on ODI and T20 formats.

The statement further said: “BCCI while respecting the decision of M S Dhoni to retire from Test Cricket, wishes to thank him for his enormous contribution to Test Cricket and the laurels that he has brought to India.”

“Virat Kohli will be the captain of the Indian Team for the Fourth and Final Test against Australia to be played in Sydney from the 6th of January 2015,” it added.

Out of the 90 Tests he played, Dhoni led India in 60 matches. Dhoni finishes with most Test wins as India captain (27) beating the previous best of Sourav Ganguly, who has 21 wins.

Dhoni became the third wicketkeeper to achieve the feat vs Australia – the first two being David Murray (WI) at Melbourne in December 1981 and Ridley Jacobs (WI) at Melbourne in December 2000.

He also became the first Indian batsman to complete 10,000 runs or more as captain in international cricket, joining Ricky Ponting (15440), Graeme Smith (14878), Stephen Fleming (11561) and Allan Border (11062).

Virat Kohli will captain India in the final Test against Australia in Sydney from January 6. India have already lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy having lost the first two Tests in Adelaide and Brisbane.

After losing the Test series against Australia, Dhoni said he was pleased that the Boxing Day Test resulted in a draw. He admitted that the match could have ended in a mess on the last day.

He said that bowlers really bowled well especially in the second innings.

Praising Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane for their impressive performance, he said it was a fantastic display as both of them looked to attack the bowling, and made sure they converted it to a big hundred.

(With Agency Inputs)

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