- Dhoni captained India in 199 ODIs and 72 T20Is
- Dhoni led the country to their second ODI World Cup in 2011
- MSD had announced his retirement from Tests on December 30, 2014
MS Dhoni stepped down as the captain of India’s limited-overs sides but he will be available for the selection for the upcoming England ODI and T20I series starting January 15, tweeted BCCI. Dhoni,, who had announced his retirement from Tests on December 30, 2014, captained India in 199 ODIs and 72 T20Is. No other captain has led his team in more international matches (Tests, ODIs, T20Is) than Dhoni — 331. Ricky Ponting is second with 324.
Under Dhoni’s leadership India have won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and let the team into the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup. He reached the top of the Test rankings in 2009. “I sincerely hope MS Dhoni will continue to be part of the team. Still much needed,” tweeted Ayaj Memon. “Mahendra Singh Dhoni has informed the BCCI, that he wishes to step down as the captain of the Indian Cricket Team from the One Day Internationals and the T20 Internationals formats of the game,” a statement from the board read. “He will be available for the selection for the ODI and T20I series against England and the same has been conveyed to the Senior Selection Committee.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2017
Commenting on the development, BCCI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Johri said: “On 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.”