MS Dhoni has a popular knack of surprising one and all with this decision, the skipper did this again. Two years ago, in 2014, he had stunned the cricketing world when he announced a shock retirement from Tests midway through a tour of Australia. In an unexpected move, Dhoni stepped down as the ODI and T20I captain of Indian cricket team on Wednesday evening. The news was confirmed by BCCI on Twitter.
Now, the big blow come as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s resignation as captain of India’s ODI and T20 International squads “was not spontaneous but under pressure”, Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) secretary Aditya Verma alleged. Once the board made the announcement, Prasad hailed Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision. “I salute him for his sense of perfect timing. He knew that Virat Kohli is now a proven man who has done exceptionally well as a leader in Tests,” MSK Prasad told media.
Aditya Verma, who was in Ranchi, claimed that ‘a hurt’ captain cool quit captaincy after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asked him of his “future cricketing plans” after being pressurized by the BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary. Verma alleged that Choudhary telephoned BCCI’s chief selector MSK Prasad in the evening of January 4 and asked the latter to seek Dhon’s future plans. Choudhary then telephoned MSK Prasad and instructed the latter to ask the cricketer about his future plans. “Maahi was hurt with the entire episode and sent across his resignation soon after,” Verma said.
It was explained to Dhoni- who would be almost 39 when the 50-over World Cup is held – why Virat Kohli should take over, the sources said. After that things moved quickly. There has been pressure on Dhoni over his captaincy. While Virat Kohli’s standing has zoomed, he has led India to five Tes-series wins in a row, the ODI side’s performance has been patchy.
Virat Kohli, in his first interview after being named limited-overs captain, said: “It’s a win-win situation for the captain coming in to still have Dhoni for his advice, his inputs and his cricketing brain. But what I am most happy about is that he will be able to play free cricket and express himself as the aggressive MS Dhoni we knew when he first came into the team. As a player, responsibility can take that away from you. I think it’s time he enjoys his cricket because he has taken so much burden for the country”.
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