Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday shocked the cricket world with a sudden and abrupt announcement of his stepping down as the Indian limited overs' captain. There has been speculations about how long MS Dhoni will continue as the captain of the limited over squads in light of Virat Kohli's success in the longer format.
He will, however, be available for the selection for the One-Day and T20I series against England and the same has been conveyed to the Senior Selection Committee. The committee will meet on Friday (January 06) to select the team for the three-match ODI series against England.
"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," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a release.
Confirming the is latest development, the Indian cricket board's official Twitter handle shared a post.
Dhoni holds the record for most matches as captain of an international side, with 331 games across formats. He is also the only player to captain in 50+ matches in each of the three formats apart from being the only captain to win all three ICC Trophies - World Cup, WT20 and Champions Trophy.
His last series as captain came against New Zealand at home, where he led the Indian side to a 3-2 series win.
Mr Rahul Johri, Chief Executive Officer of the BCCI said, "On the 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. Under his leadership, Indian team has touched new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian cricket."
Dhoni's record as captain
Tests: 60 Matches, 27 Wins, 18 Losses, 15 Draws
ODIs: 199 Matches, 110 Wins, 74 Losses, 4 Ties, 11 No Results
T20Is: 72 Matches, 41 Wins, 28 Losses, 1 Tie, 2 No Results
The first ODI will played in Pune on January 15 followed by the second and third games on January 19 and 22 at Cuttack and Kolkata respectively.