MELBOURNE – Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India’s most successful Test captain, has decided to call time on his Test career with immediate effect in the wake of India’s series defeat against Australia.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday surprised the cricket world with his sudden announcement of immediate retirement from Test cricket, making way for Virat Kohli to don the mantle of captaincy.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that Dhoni would be giving up the 5-day game after the end of the third Test between Australia and India in Melbourne.
The 33-year-old had earlier given a post-match press conference where he made no mention of the decision.
“MS Dhoni has chosen to retire from Test cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate on ODI and T20 formats,” the BCCI said in a statement.
Dhoni will retire with immediate effect, meaning Virat Kohli will captain India in the fourth and final Test against Australia at the SCG on January 6.
The wicketkeeper-batsman played 90 Tests for India, scoring 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09.
In his last innings he helped guide his side to a draw by holding off the Australian attack on the final day for a composed 24 not out.
Though he was successful as a captain, leading India to the top of the Test rankings, his record in the longest form of the game was never as impressive as his one-day statistics.
In ODIs, Dhoni averages 52.85 and he is expected to captain his country at the 2015 World Cup.
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