Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has retired from test cricket with immediate effect after India’s third test match against Australia in Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which ended on draw.
Dhoni was batting on 24 not out when the game was ended with four overs left. Dhoni did not announced his retirement from test cricket during post match conference but was revealed by Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) stating a press release.
The release made by BCCI read this, “One of India’s greatest Test captains under whose leadership India became the No. 1 team in the test rankings, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has decided to retire from Test cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of cricket.”
“BCCI, while respecting the decision of MS 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. Virat Kohli will be the captain of the Indian team for the fourth and final Test against Australia to be played in Sydney,” board further wrote.
Dhoni played 90 test matches and has scored four thousands eight hundred and seventy six runs with an average of 38.09. In his 144 innings in test matches he has scored six centuries and 33 half centuries. Wicket keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has 256 catches and 38 stumping in his name.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was appointed as the test captain of India after Rahul Dravid in 2008 has lead India in 60 test matches. In his 60 matches he had lead India to victory in 27 test matches.