Dhoni steps down as India skipper

- Reuters, NEW DELHI

Jan 6, 2017-

Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain on Wednesday after a trophy-laden nine-year reign.

The 35-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman will stand aside as captain immediately, but will remain available to play in the limited overs series against England later this month.

Dhoni quit Tests in late 2014, with India having topped the rankings under his captaincy. Known initially for his flowing locks and swashbuckling batting, with the latter making him an automatic choice in limited overs squads, Dhoni was first put in charge of India’s 20-over team which won the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007.

He soon became their ODI captain and in 2011 he sealed India’s 50-over World Cup victory with a six at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium to etch his name permanently into the country’s cricketing folklore. Since his international debut in a one-dayer against Bangladesh in 2004, Dhoni has become a household name in India and inspired a Bollywood biopic in 2016.

Dhoni’s exit as captain, however, was considered just a matter of time. With Virat Kohli excelling as Test captain, the pressure had been mounting on selectors to put the Delhi player in charge across all formats.

Published: 06-01-2017 08:56

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