The Indian skipper wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni has announced his retirement from test cricket. The announcement came after Australia marked a 2-0 victory over India at MCG.
A statement by BCCI Hon. Secretary Sanjay Patel came right after Border Gavaskar trophy ended up in a draw that led Australia to a 2-0 victory over India in the tournament.
The media release says:
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.
M S 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 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.
Virat Kohli will be the captain of the Indian Team for the Fourth and Final Test against Australia to be played in Sydney from the 6th of January 2015.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his test debut on Dec 2, 2005 against Sri Lanka at Chennai. The test match against Australia at MCG Melbourne turned out to be his last test match.
Dhoni has played 90 matches during his test career and scored 4,876 runs with an average of 38.09. Dhoni’s highest test score was 224 against Sri Lanka in 2010.
He has 33 fifties and 6 test centuries to his name. Dhoni took 256 catches and stumped 38 batsmen behind the wickets.
MS Dhoni will not play the last test match against Australia. India will be led by Virat Kholi in the Sydney test.