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Unpredictable as ever: MS Dhoni quits as Team India captain, will be available for England series

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The 35-year-old from Ranchi played 283 ODI’s and 199 of them as captain.

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Twenty-five months after suddenly deciding to quit test cricket, team India ODI and T20I captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has resigned his captaincy.

India’s ‘Captain cool’ on Wednesday again surprised everyone by his voluntary decision to quit. 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 made his decision known to chief selector M.S.K Prasad and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri just two days before the selection committee meets in Mumbai to pick the squad for the ODIs and T20s against England.

“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,” a statement from the board read.

“He will be available for the selection for the ODI and T20I series against England and the same has been conveyed to the Senior Selection Committee.”

Although the next captain was not announced, Virat Kohli, currently captaining the Test team, will take over the mantle.

Having made his International debut in 2004, Dhoni eventually became the ODI captain, succeeding Rahul Dravid when he relinquished the post, and then ascended to full-time Test captain once Anil Kumble retired.

The 35-year-old from Ranchi played 283 ODI’s and 199 of them as captain. He also lead team India in 72 T20Is and considered as the best finishers of the game.

Under Dhoni’s leadership the team has touched new heights as India won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and let the team into the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup. Dhoni reached the top of the Test rankings in 2009.

No other captain has led his team in more international matches –Tests, ODI’s T20Is- than Dhoni as he lead India in 331 matches. Ricky Ponting is second with 324.

One of his most iconic moments came in 2011 when he hit a massive six to end the country’s 28-year wait for the ODI World Cup.

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