Indian skipper MS Dhoni has offered to step down as captain following his side's series defeat to Bangladesh in Mirpur on Sunday.
Stressing on the role of a captain, the 33-year-old maintained that he has no intentions to cling on the captaincy after the debacle.
Dhoni, who took over as full-time captain in One-Day Internationals back in 2007, insisted that he will readily abide by any decision made by the selectors and the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
"It doesn't matter who is the captain,” said Dhoni at the post-match press conference.
“I was never really in line to become a captain.
“It was a job or responsibility for me.
“I have taken that responsibility.
“It was given to me, I took it.
“If they want to take it away, I am happy to give it away.”
Apart from captaincy, Dhoni’s form as a batsman hasn’t been in the best of nicks, with the flamboyant middle-order batsman aggregating 340 runs from his last 10 ODI innings, at an average of 42.50.
While the statistics aren’t very disappointing, they have been far from what we are used to seeing from Dhoni in the 50-over format.
The Indian captain’s batting has lost momentum over the last six months and the struggle has continued in to the ongoing ODI series against Bangladesh.
Knowing that a series defeat in Bangladesh, now opens the door for extreme criticism, Dhoni also stated that he wasn’t under any pressure due to his personal form.
"I am really enjoying my cricket.
“But when the earlier question was asked, I knew this question was coming.
“These are the questions that will keep popping up.
“The media loves me.
“If it is a justifiable thing that if you remove me and the Indian cricket will start doing really well, and if I am the reason for all the bad that is happening to Indian cricket, definitely I would love to step away and play as a player.”
Ever since he was appointed captain, Dhoni has always been under tremendous scrutiny, especially during India’s failures and the man from Ranchi is used to facing heat by now.
However, the usually calm and composed Dhoni seemed to be eventually disintegrating as was seen in his replies at the press conference.
"I am always the one who is responsible for anything bad that happens in Indian cricket.
“Everything that happens is because of me.
“Even the Bangladesh media is smiling.”
Dhoni is the only Indian player to have featured in all five defeats against Bangladesh.
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