MS Dhoni Announces Test Retirement, Kohli To Captain In Sydney

MS Dhoni Announces Test Retirement, Kohli To Captain In Sydney Test
In a surprising decision, Indian captain MS Dhoni on Tuesday announced immediate retirement from Test cricket
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In a surprising decision, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday announced immediate retirement from Test cricket. Present vice-captain Virat Kohli will lead the team in the final Test match of the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Sydney.

The decision came in the wake of India's 2-0 series defeat in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar trophy in Australia.

The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) in a press statement released earlier today stated, "One of India's greatest Test Captains under whose leadership India became the No.1 team in the Test Rankings MS Dhoni has decided to retire from Test Cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of Cricket."

Lately, MS Dhoni has been under constant heavy criticism, especially for his poor captaincy record in away Test series'.

The recent Border-Gavaskar Trophy loss is the sixth overseas series defeat for India under Mahendra Singh Dhoni since 2011, out of which three occurred in 2014.

The BCCI respected MS Dhoni's decision to step-down and thanked him for the contributions made to Indian Cricket.

The statement further said, "BCCI while respecting the decision of M S Dhoni to retire from Test Cricket, wishes to thank him for his enormous contribution to Test Cricket and the laurels that he has brought to India."

During his post match interview, Dhoni expressed satisfaction with the draw in Melbourne Test.

"We were quite happy with the draw. The only reason being we landed in a mess in the final day of the game. The bowlers did a very good job. Ashwin bowled really well especially in the second innings we bowled very good line and length."

Dhoni refrained from commenting on Australia's decision to delay the declaration on day five.

"I don't want to comment on the Australian declaration but it becomes tough when one of your batsman reaches nineties. Apart from that I don't want to comment much on it."

Analyzing the team's performance, Dhoni held responsible the frequent batting collapses, which resulted in India losing the momentum.

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