MS Dhoni Spoke Out On Why He Quits The Captaincy:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the country’s most successful skipper, today sprang a major surprise by stepping down as India’s limited overs captain, thereby bringing an abrupt end to his glorious leadership tenure. The 35-year-old Dhoni under whom India had won two World Cups and a Champions Trophy title, stunned the cricket fraternity by relinquishing the captaincy barely 11 days before the ODI series against England.
Commenting on Dhoni’s sudden announcement, Rahul Johri, Chief Executive Officer of the BCCI 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, 35, had earlier suddenly quit Test captaincy during the Australia tour in 2014 in Melbourne. 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. India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli is likely to take over captaincy of the limited overs team following Dhoni’s decision.
Reasons Why MS Dhoni Quits The Captaincy
Fitness for World Cup:
With the ICC World Cup 2015 just round the corner, Dhoni must be thinking of keeping himself fully fit before the event. He had to skip the first Test of the on-going series against Australia due to an injury. Age is also not on Dhoni’s side, so he has to be more cautious about his fitness. This February, Dhoni & Co. will enter the quadrennial event as defending champions in Australia and New Zealand. If he manages to lead the side to the third world title, he will surely go down as one of the legends of the game. So, keeping himself fit for the tournament is vital for the skipper.
To spend more time with family:
In the recent past, many senior cricketers decided to quit international cricket to spend more time with their family and friends. After four years of marriage, Dhoni could possibly be thinking of expanding his family. Along with that, Dhoni has become an entrepreneur as well, who has invested in different ventures – be it sports teams, gyms and other businesses. Handling all these things simultaneously is quite a challenge. This too could have prompted Dhoni to walk in to the Test sunset.
Dhoni’s recent form:
In his prime, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a match-winner every time he went out to bat. With that swashbuckling technique and hammering skills, it had become fashionable as well. However, in the recent past, he often failed to finish a game. In the first T20I against West Indies in Lauderhill on August 27, 2016, India needed two to win off the last ball when Dhoni lost his wicket. It was also the only time in 23 innings that he posted a score of over 30. Even in Delhi against New Zealand, the stalwart pushed himself up the order but could score only 35 off 69 balls while India fell short by 6 runs.
New Captain Needs Time:
Given Dhoni is 35 and might not make himself available for selection in the next World Cup in 2019, this was the right time for a new player to take up the role. Virat Kohli, who is the front-runner for the job, might just have three ODIs before leading the team to the ICC Champions Trophy in England, but will be able to channelize his art of captaincy in the shorter formats for others in the dressing room. Given that the team is well acquainted with Virat Kohli’s style, it should just help him settle down in his new role. Kohli was named ICC ODI captain of the year in December last year.