Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the most successful captain of the Indian team, sent shockwaves into the world of cricket when he resigned from the captaincy limited to One-day Internationals (ODI) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) against England in January 2017 MS Dhoni has revealed that the decision to give way to his successor, Virat Kohli, was not impulsive but a well thought out one. "I resigned the captaincy because I wanted the new captain to have enough time to prepare a team before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019," the wicketkeeper-batsman said, as quoted in media sections.
"Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain the proper time is not possible, I think I left the captaincy at the right time," Dhoni said recently at Ranchi.
Dhoni had resigned from the test captaincy in December 2014, when he withdrew from the format after the Melbourne test. However, he remained as captain of ODI and T20I after having assumed those roles in 2007.
Dhoni took India to victory in the 2007 World T20 in South Africa, the 2011 World Cup in India and the 2013 Champions Trophy in England.
Dhoni captained India in 199 ODI, of which he won 110 and lost 74. He captained in 72 T20I, of which India won 41 and lost 28. He was also the captain of the most successful race in India, with 27 victories, 18 losses and 15 draws. .
Dhoni is also the only captain who has led India to win ODI and the T20I series in Australia, and an ODI series in New Zealand.
He made 6633 ODI as captain in an average of 54 and an unemployment rate of 86. As captain in T20Is, Dhoni scored 1112 runs at an unemployment rate of 122.60. In Test cricket, he made 3454 runs at an average of 40.63.
Dhoni, who is still available to be selected as wicketkeeper-batsman, will be in action at the 2018 Asian Cup.