Thursday, January 01, 2015

Mahendra Singh Dhoni bid farewell to Test cricket on Tuesday

Indian cricket team will have to play the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy without Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he announced his retirement from the longer version of cricket game on Tuesday.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement soon after the end of third test after India ensured their series defeat against Australia with one match left at hand. They lost to Australia 2-0 in the four-match series. India lost their first two matches and drew the third on Tuesday.
Virat Kohli, who was the deputy of MS Dhoni, will lead the team in the last test match. The fourth and final test will be played in Sydney from January 6.
There is no doubt that his decision of taking retirement from Test cricket has come as a big blow for the national team. Behind this decision, he has showed the strain of playing all formats of cricket as the only reason. However, he will continue leading India in the shorter formats of the game- ODI and Twenty20 cricket.
The 33-year-old wicket keeper-batsman has so far played 90 test matches since making his test debut in 2005 and scored 4,876 runs at an average of just over 38. Under his leadership, Indian cricket team won their first World Cup in 28 years. On Tuesday, he reached a new milestone. Scoring 3454 runs with the bat as Test captain, he became the Indian captain to score the most runs in Tests. Previous record holder was Sunil Gavaskar who announced his retirement as captain after scoring 3449 runs.
He is considered as one of India’s greatest Test captains because under his leadership India became the No. 1 team in the Test Rankings. So, it will be really difficult for team India to do well without his service both as wicket keeper-batsman and captain.

According to Forbes, he is the world’s highest paid cricketer earning, $31.5 million in 2014.