Dhoni Announces Retirement From Test Cricket
One of the greatest captains of all time, under the leadership of whom, India became the No 1 team in all the formats be it Test, ODI or T20 announces his shocking retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect after the drawn test at MCG.
Citing the reason as the strain of playing in all 3 formats and also in order to concentrate more on the ODI and T20 formats.
I went ahead and spoke to some cricket enthusiasts on what they feel about this decision taken by the one of the greatest captains the world has ever seen, this is what they had to say –
“Well obviously I’m not that amused, he was my favorite player and as a childhood wicket keeping batsman myself, watching your idol hang up the boots does not fly by so easily, but I suppose it was the right decision by the most successful captain who has ever led our side. I will have to give it to MSD that he was man enough to face the fact that he just wasn’t performing well overseas. It’s definitely the right decision but I don’t think the timing is right considering the lack of a proper replacement for him. Kohli is still growing as a captain and needs to learn a lot , but considering the fact that Dhoni will still be the ODI captain , I’m sure he will be able to groom the current vice captain to take up the baton. Even though it’s an emotional moment for me, I’m sure we’ll be witnessing a lot more of those monstrous helicopters before we bid a proper farewell to the legend. “Says Ansh Agrawal, a student of Sri Aurobindo College.
“He should have retired as a captain only, not as a player” said Kshitij Bathla, a student of IIT Roorkee.
“A very abrupt decision at the wrong time, he should’ve have made the team stronger and then should have retired. He had age on his side.” says Shankul Sethi, a cadet.
“Sometimes it’s better to leave something behind for the greater good. I believe Dhoni has just done that, he’s an anchor for the team in the limited overs formats. So it’ll give him time to focus on his strengths and pave way for a younger player” says Raghav Kaushal, a student of Sri Venkateswara College.
“I would have liked him to continue till next summer atleast. But I think he has done a great job captaining this new side to the major overseas nations. Virat is getting the perfect platform to start over with a well-settled side.” says Sumir Kapur, a student of BITS Pilani.
The decision is right but maybe not at the right time. He could have proved his mettle by winning the last test. Nevertheless, Virat Kohli will be the captain of the Indian team for the fourth and final Test against Australia to be played in Sydney.
I think the whole of India thanks him for his immense contribution and the laurels he brought to India and the Indian team.