MS Dhoni stepped down as the captain of India’s limited overs sides but he will be available for the selection for the upcoming England ODI and T20 series starting January 15, tweeted BCCI.
The selectors are meeting to pick the ODI and T20I squads on January 6 in Mumbai. The BCCI did not immediately name a successor for the matches against England, though Virat Kohli, who leads India in Test Cricket, is the Frontrunner for the job.
Dhoni, who had announced his retirement from Tests on December 30, 2014, captained India in 199 ODIs and 72 T20Is.
No other captain has led his team in more international matches (Tests, ODIs, T20Is) than Dhoni 331, Ricky Ponting is second with 324.
Under Dhoni’s leadership India have won the ICC T20 World cup in 2007, the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and let the team into the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup. He reached the top of the Test rankings in 2009
“I sincerely hope MS Dhoni will continue to be part of the team. Still much needed,” tweeted Ayaj Memon.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has informed the BCCi that he wishes to step down as the captain of the Indian Cricket Team from the One Day Internationals and the T20 Internationals formats of the game,” a statement from the board read.
It is understood Dhoni, 35, communicated his decision to chairman of selectors MSK Prasad in Nagpur, where the Jharkhand side that is being mentored by Dhoni was playing Gujarat in the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy. Dhoni was seen having a long conversation with Prasad during the tea break. “We all know his sense of integrity and patriotism, and he has got high clarity in thinking, “Prasad told to media. “probably he felt that is the best decision, so let us respect it.”
Dhoni had given up the Test captaincy in December 2014, when he retired from the format after the Melbourne Test. However, he stayed on as ODI and T20 international captain after having taken on those roles in 2007.
BCCI chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Johri said: “on 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 selection committee will meet on Friday to announce the Indian cricket team for three-match ODI and the subsequent three T20is
He made 6633 ODI runs as captain at an average of 54 and a strike rate of 86. As captain in T20is, Dhoni scored 1112 runs at a strike rate of 122.60. In Test Cricket, he made 3454 runs at an average of 40.63