Mahendra Singh Dhoni stunned the cricketing world when he stepped down as captain of India’s One Day International (ODI) team in January 2017. He has now revealed why he did so.
The decision to relinquish the position was a well-thought out one, to give Virat Kohli enough time to prepare for the next World Cup.
“I resigned from captaincy because I wanted the new captain to get enough time for preparing a team before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019,” the 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman was quoted as saying in sections of the media.
“Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain appropriate time isn’t possible. I believe that I left the captaincy at the right time”, Dhoni was quoted as having said at an event in Ranchi, Jharkhand, on Thursday.
Captain Cool’s Amazing Run
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has led India to victory in all three major ICC limited over tournaments. He was the captain when India won inaugural 2007 World T20 in South Africa, and the 2011 World Cup in India, only the second time in history that it had won the coveted title.
Dhoni was also the captain when India won the 2013 Champions Trophy in England.
He has an impressive track record as a captain, with a win percentage of over 50% across the three formats – Tests, ODIs, and T20 International matches.
His best figures are in T20I, leading India to a win in 41 of 72 matches. India lost 28 matches, one match ended in a tie, and there was no result in two fixtures (57% wins).
Mahendra Singh Dhoni averaged 55.28% when it came to being the captain in India’s ODI victories. He was the captain in 199 ODIs; India won 110 and lost 74 matches. Four matches ended with the scores tied while 11 saw no results.
Interestingly, Dhoni has the maximum number of sixes (126) as an ODI captain.
In Tests, he led India in 60 matches, winning 27 and losing 18. Fifteen of the matches ended in a draw (45% wins). This makes it a grand total of 331 matches; 178 wins; 120 losses; 15 draws; five ties; and 13 no results (53.78% wins).
He retired from Test cricket after the Melbourne Test in December 2014. Dhoni, however, continues to play as a wicket-keeper batsman in the limited overs format (ODIs and T20Is).
He is part of the Indian team for the Asia Cup that begins in Dubai on 15 September. Dhoni was honoured with the Padma Bhushan on Republic Day this year.
Personal Figures Speak For Themselves
Dhoni scored 4,876 runs in 90 Test matches with a personal best of 224. He ended with an average of 38.09 and a strike rate (runs per 100 balls faced) of over 59. As a wicketkeeper, he took 256 catches and had 38 stumping dismissals.
Known as one of the best finishers of the game in ODIs, Dhoni played 321 matches, scoring 10,046 runs. His highest score was 183 not out; his batting average stands at 51.25 and the strike rate is a phenomenal 88.13. He took 300 catches and has 107 stumpings to his name in this format.
He has played 93 T20Is, scoring 1487 runs with an average of 37.17 and a strike rate of 127.07. He is credited with 54 catches and 33 stumpings.