Cricket lovers got shocked when Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced retirement from Test cricket in the middle of the series. Virat Kohli will lead Indian side in the fourth Test against Australia. News of retirement came from BCCI press release which said, “One of the greatest Test captains under whose leadership India became the No. 1 team in the Test rankings, MS Dhoni has decided to retire from Test cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of cricket.”
“MS Dhoni has chosen to retire from Test cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate on ODI and T20 formats. Virat Kohli will be the captain of the Indian team for the fourth and final Test against Australia to be played in Sydney from January 6.”
It was a low profile call from India’s most successful Test captain, similar to his predecessor Anil Kumble who too said goodbye in the middle of the series in 2008. Dhoni did not give any hint of retirement, even in post match ceremony he did not mention about retirement.
Decision of retirement came after 6 test series loss overseas on a trot. Maybe Dhoni believed that he was unable to bring the best out of the team in a longer version of the game. Maybe he believed now is the right time to give the responsibilities to Viral Kohli.
However, the decision caught many former test cricketers by surprise. Ajit Wadekar said that Dhoni should have waited until the end of the series. Borde said that the decision should have been taken earlier. While Vegsarkar said that Dhoni’s team did not has the capabilities to dismiss a team twice in a longer version of the game, and he is an average test captain.
Moreover, Dhoni is the captain who took the team to number one rank in ICC Test Cricket ranking, the mother of all records. While talking of numbers, Dhoni has 27 wins in 60 test matches under his cap.