Surprising not solely the Indian gamers, Dhoni took everybody without warning when he known as it quits from the longest format of the sport following the 2014 Boxing Day Test on the MCG in opposition to Australia. Dhoni, who guided India to a hard-fought draw on the MCG, had given no indication of his resolution to give up Tests within the post-match presser.
Speaking to Star Sports, Shastri, who was serving as the staff’s director on the time, mentioned that Dhoni came as much as him after that sport, and mentioned he wished to deal with his teammates. As anticipated, Dhoni‘s resolution took everybody, together with Shastri, without warning. Shastri mentioned:
“Well, it came as a surprise. He came to me and said ‘I want to say something to the boys’. I said ‘sure’. I thought he was going to say something about the draw. He comes out. I just saw the faces around the dressing room. Most of the boys were in a state of shock when MS made the announcement. But that’s MS for you.”
Dhoni represented India in 90 Tests, scoring 4876 runs at a mean of 38.09, scoring 33 50s, six lots of and a double ton.
“MS Dhoni knew who was the next leader in line” – Ravi Shastri
Earlier through the 2011-12 season, Dhoni had indicated that he would hand over one format of the sport earlier than the 2015 World Cup to delay his profession.
The Ranchi participant ensured that India’s transition within the longest format of the sport was as clean as potential. Once he knew that Virat Kohli was able to take up the reigns, he known as it quits in Tests to concentrate on white-ball cricket.
“I knew that the second MS Dhoni finishes, Virat Kohli is the man to guide the aspect. He (MS Dhoni) knew who was the following chief in line,” Shastri mentioned.
“He was waiting for an opportune time to make the announcement. He knew how much his body could take, and he wanted to prolong his white-ball career. When your body tells you it’s enough, it’s enough; there are no second thoughts about that,” he added.
Kohli grew to become the full-time Test captain from the Sydney Test in 2015. Since then, India have grown by leaps and bounds to develop into the No.1 Test staff on the planet.
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MS Dhoni continued to play white-ball cricket until 2019 earlier than he retired from worldwide cricket on Independence Day 2020.