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Thursday, 5 January 2017

MS Dhoni stepping down as India ODI, T20I captain not entirely surprising

While it possibly wasn't altogether stunning, the unexpectedness of MS Dhoni's retirement found us napping. In any case, there might have alleviating components that incited Dhoni to surrender his captaincy.

Pitiful returns: Dhoni's retirement from Tests, declared coincidentally amidst India's visit to Australia in 2014-15, was broadly seen as a measure to draw out his constrained over vocation and recapture his batting efficiency, which was on the melt away, it has, looking back, greatly reverse discharges. He didn't won a solitary match in the pre-World Cup develop arrangement highlighting England and Australia. The World Cup safeguard in the long run met with a manageable end on account of inevitable champions Australia. At that point he lost to Bangladesh and against South Africa at home, before a prevalently second-string Australia clobbered India Down Under. At long last, it traveled to Zimbabwe for him to taste an arrangement win. Indeed, even the latest of his arrangement wins, over New Zealand, was to a greater extent a rub than a journey. Truth be told, India won only 16 of the 32 ODIs since. In spite of the fact that the T20 arrangement win in Australia was a resolve supporter, it was soon emptied by India's elimination round exit in the T20 World Cup, a competition India started as top choices.

Average with the bat: In his prime, Dhoni made completing a workmanship as well as in vogue. Be that as it may, his mythical completing abilities have dillydallied, hinted at immersion. While measurements aren't a definitive verification, they do uncover an once-breathtaking batsman confronting an inalterable downturn. An ODI normal of 38 isn't average by even cutting edge batting measuring stick, however the quantity of examples he neglected to complete off a pursuit was inching up. Like for instance, his relentless 34 against New Zealand in Delhi. He in certainty climbed the request, yet without much detectable changes. Possibly, spurning captaincy would help Dhoni re-channelise his concentration and vitality. His T20 normal in this residency is a shocking 43.83, yet separated from a 25-balled 43 against the West Indies in Lauderhill, he hasn't posted a score more than 30 in 23 innings.

Juggling act: In reasonableness, the present restricted over squads look apparently unsettled. Aside from the main three, and Dhoni himself, whatever is left of the batting spots are up for gets. From Kedar Jadhav to Manish Pandey, they have drafted and redrafted a few batmen, however separated from amazing exhibitions, none have very nailed down the spot. Same for the few decade-long mission for an all-rounder. From Rishi Dhawan to Gurkeerat Singh and now Hardik Pandya, a few names have been attempted, tried and binned.

Status of Virat: Surely, Dhoni must have likewise considered the soaring diagram of Virat Kohli, India's Test skipper. All in all, India have constantly favored the one-captain for-all layout and there were mumbles inside the crew that the time was ready to hand over the mantle to Kohli, with two more years for the following World Cup.