It came all of a sudden again! He had left test captaincy also in a similar way! The heap of patience and tranquil leader, the erstwhile captain of Indian cricket team for limited over additions like One Day Internationals (ODI) and T20s, has informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that he wants to step down from captaincy. Thus, he has brought an end to the glorious leadership career for Indian cricket team.

He is considered as one of the most successful captains of India as ever seen. Under his leadership, India won World Cup after 28 years. He has become the first non – Australian, after Ricky Ponting and Allan Border, to win 100 ODI matches after India had beaten Bangladesh in 2015 World Cup. Along with that, India has won ICC T20 World cup in 2007 and ICC Champions trophy in 2013 which are the major achievements. Along with that many more landmarks have been made in Indian cricket history by his team.

“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” said Rahul Johri, Chief Executive Officer of the BCCI.

Dhoni is an interesting personality in Indian team. The man who came to team as a wicket keeper became the Indian skipper. He nurtured many young talents and had stood as a big support for them to grow in the field. That is why many young cricketers like him as a captain. He knows very well to recognise the talent of the player and utilize those talents at appropriate time.

He was not only a leader, but a very good player himself. There were many instances where India’s master players too had failed to perform as an individual player during their captaincy. However, Dhoni is not like that! He has been an ultimate finisher of matches. He has entertained people with his powerful sixes and his unique ‘Helicopter shot’. He has stood in the crease and has made the team to reach the winning post even at difficult times. This must have been very difficult for him under such pressure. But he has managed to do that.

There were criticisms against some of his decisions too. Despite being a successful captain, he also had to bear with critics within and outside the team. However, he has accepted them with his casual cool and composed mind and has went ahead.

The cricket lovers need not feel disappointed thinking that they will never get to watch his play. He has ensured the Board that he will be available as a player for 3 ODIs as well as T20 matches against England which is starting on January 15th. So he will be playing, probably with freer mind, against England!


Akshara Damle

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