A leader is not the one who wins matches for you, but the one who makes and leads the whole team to win matches for themselves as a unit. M.S Dhoni was definitely the living example of such leadership where he brought glory to the history of our Indian Cricket Team.
However, sadly today, the night of 4th January 2017, he stepped down from the captaincy position from both ODI as well as T20 cricket team. But it’s not the end of his journey. He is still available for the selection of both the formats of the game. The rumors of the change in captaincy were hovering quite a lot in past few days given the kind of success Virat Kohli was having in his Test Career as the captain of Indian cricket team.
The news of his stepping down from the captaincy position was declared by BCCI twitter handle. It stated –
“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.”
They also broadcasted this news through this tweet.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2017
The CEO of BCCI, Rahul Johri made a press statement where he 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, the Indian team has touched new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian cricket.”
M.S Dhoni had earlier given up the Test Captaincy in the year 2014 after he took retirement from the format in Melbourne Test. He was perhaps India’s one of the most successful captain’s where he charged our Indian Cricket Team to 110 ODI victories out of 199 which he captained. He also captained the T20 side where we won 41 matches and lost 28 out of the total tally of 72 matches.
This news is definitely a big heartbreak for Dhoni fans and that too at the starting of the year. However, there is still a lot of cricket left in him and we are dying to see the 2019 World Cup in his hands one again.
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