Dhoni quits as India captain

India vs England Uncertainty surrounds ODI T20 series as BCCI's top bosses get axed

India vs England Uncertainty surrounds ODI T20 series as BCCI's top bosses get axed

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India's most successful captain ever, has stepped down from the role of a skipper of the Indian cricket team.

Here are five of his decisions that shocked many, but won crucial matches for India.

After nearly a decade as India's leader in limited-overs cricket, the baton will pass to Test skipper Virat Kohli when the selection panel meets at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai on Friday to pick teams for the three ODIs and T20Is against England, to be played from January 15 to February 1. He may have timed it better if he handed over captaincy in all formats to Virat Kohli after failing to retain the World Cup in 2015.

After Ricky Ponting and Stephen Fleming, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has played the third highest number of ODIs as skipper of the Indian cricket team. He informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of his decision a day ahead of the selection committee meeting to finalise the limited-overs squads for ODIs and Twenty20s against England.

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Dhoni has made himself available to play under a new captain so he still remains the best bet as a wicket keeper-cum batsman.

Dravid, whose decision to resign from the captaincy in 2007 paved the way for Dhoni to take over, said it would take Dhoni some time to get used to playing under someone else, but didn't think it would be a major issue.

Prasad also hailed Dhoni's ability to read a match at any situation and insisted that he had achieved everything as a leader over the years. "The then secretary, Sanjay Patel could not change his mind; finally Dhoni's decision to quit was announced after he addressed a team meeting", revealed a source. He played football, took part in the team's exercises, conducted his own fitness runs, had a good hit at net sessions and used the VCA gymnasium for work outs. Of the 73 T20s, Dhoni led India in 72 of them, a world record.

This announcement should simply be seen as Dhoni's step down from the post as captain- another act of flawless timing from this masterclass. In the year 2014, he did the same with his test retirement after an Australian series after which Virat Kohli was chosen to be the test captain to the Team India.