Mahendra Singh Dhoni stands down as India’s limited-overs captain

Published: Wednesday 4th January 2017 by The News Editor

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stood down as the captain of India’s limited-overs sides with less than two weeks to go before their one-day international series against England gets under way.

Dhoni, who has made himself available to face Eoin Morgan’s men, has led the ODI and Twenty20 international sides since 2007 and steps down with an unprecedented record in both formats.

He captained India for 199 ODI matches with a national record 110 victories, including a career-defining 2011 World Cup win on home soil in which he smashed 91 not out from 79 balls in the final to lead his side to a six-wicket defeat of Sri Lanka.

Two years later, Dhoni skippered India to an ICC Champions Trophy triumph, becoming the first captain to win all three limited-overs trophies, having also guided his side to World Twenty20 glory in 2007.

Rahul Johri, chief executive officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, led the tributes to Dhoni, saying: “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, who won 41 of his 72 T20Is, continued to lead the limited-overs sides after retiring from Test cricket in 2014.

Virat Kohli took the reins in the longest format and, while an announcement over Dhoni’s successor has not been made, will be heavy favourite to skipper all three sides.

Before Christmas, Kohli amassed 655 runs at an impressive average of 109.16 to lead India to a 4-0 series victory over England, who return to the subcontinent for three ODIs and three T20Is.

The first ODI is on January 15 at Pune, with further matches at Cuttack and Kolkata.

Published: Wednesday 4th January 2017 by The News Editor

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