Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the most succesfull limited overs captain for India, has once again surprised the cricketing world by stepping down as limited overs captain of the Indian cricket team with immediate effect.
The announcement came just days before the ODI series against England and no body was expecting what was coming from Dhoni as they thought Mahi to lead the team at least until the Champions Trophy scheduled to take place in June, 2017.
The BCCI on Wednesday said in a statement that Dhoni has informed the board that he wishes to step down as the captain of the Indian cricket team from the One-Day Internationals and T20 Internationals.
However, Dhoni conveyed to selection committee that he will be available for selection for the upcoming ODI and T20 series against England starting from January 15th.
Rahul Johri, CEO of the BCCI commenting on the sudden decision of Dhoni said, “On the behalf of every Indian cricket fan and the BCCI, I would like to thank MS Dhoni for his outstanding contribution as the captain of the Indian team across all formats. “Under his leadership, the Indian team has touched new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian cricket.”
Dhoni has captained India in 199 One-day Internationals, winning 110 and losing 74, with four ties and 11 no-results. He has a winning percentage of 59.57. He also led India in 72 T20 Internationals, winning 41 and losing 28, with one tie and two no-results.
Dhoni has been India’s most successful captain. Under his leadership India have won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and also reached the top of the Test rankings in 2009.