Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stepped down as the captain of the Indian ODI and T20I cricket teams, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) implied in a press release on Wednesday. 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 arrangements of the game,” the board said in an announcement.
Dhoni captained India in 199 One-day Internationals, winning 110 and losing 74, with four ties and 11 no-results. He has a winning percentage of 59.57. He also led India in 72 T20 Internationals, winning 41 and losing 28, with one tie and two no-results.Remarking on the improvement, BCCI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Johri said: “on behalf of every Indian cricket fan and the BCCI, I would like to thank M.S. Dhoni for his extraordinary contribution as the captain of the Indian team over all formats.” “Under his leadership, Indian team has touched new heights and his acheivements will remain etched always in the records of Indian cricket,” he included.
Dhoni, 35, had earlier all of a sudden quit Test captaincy amid the Australia visit 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 achieved the highest point of the Test rankings in 2009.
Our Captain’s Achievement
After the elder players decided not to play in the match, MS Dhoni’s first international captaincy project came during the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007. Dhoni’s first game as captain of the Indian team was the rained-out game against Scotland.
Under Dhoni, India overcome arch-rivals Pakistan to clinch the maiden World T20 title.
Dhoni-led India’s World T20 victory caused a huge revolution in the shortest format of the match, giving rise to the Indian Premier League and subsequently various other T20 Leagues across the world.
Dhoni’s first captaincy project in ODIs was in the seven-match ODI series against Australia in 2007. Australia won the series 4-2 with Andrew Symonds playing a key role.
Dhoni’s first series success as ODI captain came against Pakistan in November 2007 with India winning the five-match series 3-2.
MS Dhoni was the captain when India clinched the CB series by beating Australia in two consecutive finals in March 2008. This was India’s first title win in a multi-team tournament in Australia since the Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket in 1985.
India, under Dhoni, defeated New Zealand 3-1 in the ODI series in New Zealand in 2009. This was India’s first ever bilateral ODI series win in New Zealand.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy India clinched the Asia Cup in 2010. This was India’s first Asia Cup title since 1995.
The most iconic picture in MS Dhoni’s career as captain of India. He scored a match-winning 91 not out off 79 deliveries in the final of the 2011 World Cup, hitting the winning runs with a six.
India clinched the World Cup title after a break of 28 years and also became the first team to win the final at house.
In 2013, India won the Champions Trophy title under Dhoni’s captaincy. Dhoni became the first and only captain to clinch all three ICC titles.
Dhoni hit an unbeaten 45 against Sri Lanka in the final of the tri-series in West Indies in 2013, helping India win by one wicket.
Under MS Dhoni, India made it to the final of the World T20 in 2014 but lost to Sri Lanka.
India had a good run in the 2015 World Cup in Australia/New Zealand but they ended up losing to Australia in the semi-final with Dhoni hitting a valiant run-a-ball 65.
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Dhoni-led India clinched a 3-0 series win in the T20Is against Australia in 2016.
Under Dhoni, India won the maiden Asia Cup T20 in 2016.
Dhoni running out Mustafizur Rahman off the last ball in the World T20 2016 against Bangladesh was one of the crucial moments for India. The hosts made it to the semi-final before losing to eventual champions West Indies.
India’s 1-0 series loss to West Indies in Florida happened to be Dhoni’s last outing as captain of the T20I team. He captained India in 72 T20Is out of which the team won 41 times.
India’s 3-2 ODI series against New Zealand was Dhoni’s last series as ODI captain. He led India in 199 ODIs and had 110 wins as captain.