Mahendra Singh Dhoni reportedly stepped down as the captain of the Indian ODI and T20I cricket team as BCCI intimated in a press release on Wednesday.
Dhoni previously informed the board that he would be available for the selection for the upcoming series against England, but would not be continuing his role as skipper.
BCCI said in a statement, “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. He will 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”.
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 M.S. 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”.
Dhoni has been the most successful captain in Indian Cricket Team. Under his captainship, India has won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011, and ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
Test skipper Virat Kohli will now replace the wicketkeeper-batsman at the helm in all three formats of the game.