And the astonishing finisher finishes it with a bam ! Now, being called a master of surprises, M.S.Dhoni again stupefied every cricket lover around the globe by handing over his resignation from the post of “Captain” of the Indian cricket team in limited overs format just when a new ODI and T-20 international series against England was cornering.
Every die hard cricket fan was hoping for some more of the captain cool stuff in the upcoming series and the Champion’s Trophy later this year. But all of their hopes was shattered into a million pieces by this heart breaking decision of the captain cool.
Being the most successful captain in the history of Indian cricket, Dhoni lead India in 199 ODI battles. Dhoni was captain in limited over formats of Indian cricket since September 2007.
Dhoni lead India in 72 T20 Internationals, 60 Tests and 199 ODIs between 2007 and 2016. This is the overall record for the most international matches as a captain which adds up to a grand total of 331 matches !
Despite this decision of the former captain, he would still be available for the selection of the ODI and T20I teams which is going to confront the English team in a series starting in Pune on January 15th.
According to the words of Rahul Johri, Chief executive of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI,” Under his leadership, the Indian team has touched new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian Cricket”.
Under the tag of “Captain of the Indian cricket team”, Dhoni scored 6633 runs with an average and strike rate of 54 and 86 respectively. In the case of T20 Internationals, 1112 runs were scored by him with an astonishing strike rate of 122.60. MSD, who is considered as the most successful Indian captain ever, provided India with three great rewards including the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup and The 2013 Champions Trophy.
It has also become the most trending topic over twitter with tweets continuously flowing under #Dhoni .
— Deepu Narayana (@deeputalks) January 4, 2017
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) January 4, 2017
At last, I would like to conclude by saying that the era of Captain Cool might be over but the moments cherished will always be among us.