Mahendra Singh Dhoni: India captain quits Test cricket

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has retired from Test cricket, the India cricket board has announced.

The 33-year-old stood down with immediate effect after India drew the third Test against Australia in Melbourne on Tuesday.

He will be replaced by Virat Kohli as captain for the fourth Test which starts on 6 January in Sydney.

Dhoni made his Test debut in 2005 against Sri Lanka and made 90 appearances over his career.

 In a statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), secretary Sanjay Patel paid tribute to Dhoni, who captained the Test side 61 times.

“One of India’s greatest Test captains under whose leadership India became the number one team in the Test rankings, MS Dhoni has decided to retire from Test cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of cricket,” Patel said in a statement released by the BCCI.

“MS Dhoni has chosen to retire from Test cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate on ODI and T20 formats.

“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.”

 

Source: BBC Sport

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