In a sudden move, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has decided to retire from Test cricket in the wake of India’s series defeat against Australia. Dhoni has been feeling the heat of Test captaincy after a series of humiliating losses abroad, be it in New Zealand, South Africa, England or Australia. Of the 30 Tests that India played overseas under Dhoni, they won only 6 while losing 15. However, he is also India’s most successful Test captain with 27 wins. India drew 15 games while losing 18 Tests under him.
Dhoni, under whom India had become the world’s number 1 Test side, now wants to concentrate on the shorter format of the game and said that the strain of playing all the three formats was getting to him. Vice-captain Virat Kohli, who captained India in the first Test match of the series, will be leading the side in the final match as well, starting from January 6 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Dhoni played 90 Tests for India, scoring 4876 runs. He effected a total of 294 dismissals.
“With a young side, Dhoni was hoping his Test captaincy record (esp overseas) would improve this series. Didn’t quite pan out that way.” tweeted noted cricket writer Ayaz Memon.
Virat Kohli’s appointment as Test skipper is no surprise . He has led India with lot of flair at Adelaide and thoroughly deserves the mantle.