Mahendra Singh Dhoni has decided to step down as the captain of the Indian T20 and ODI teams. BCCI announced the decision today.
A statement from the BCCI said that Dhoni informed the board that he wanted to step down as the captain from the limited overs format. He will continue to be available for selection for the ODI and the T20 teams. The selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will meet on Friday to formally choose the captain for the T20 and ODI teams for India.
Virat Kohli took over as the captain of the test team from Dhoni in 2014 and, quite appropriately, the job of leading India in limited overs cricked could be formally handed over to him. Dhoni had earlier suddenly quit Test captaincy in the middle of the test series against Australia in 2014 after the Melbourne test.
India is scheduled to play three ODIs and T20 each against England beginning January 15, when the English team returns after their Christmas break.
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 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 – a feat not achieved by any Indian captain before.
Dhoni has played 283 ODIs for India, of which 199 have been as captain. He has also played 73 T20 matches for India, of which he led the country in all but one of those matches, 42 of them ending in victories.