M S Dhoni Retires From Test Cricket – Twitter Reactions
The Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has retired from Test cricket following the drawn Melbourne third Test between India and Australia. The decision to retire from the Tests was sent to the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) by Dhoni and he did not reveal about the same during the post match presentation of the drawn Melbourne Test.
A BCCI press release immediately after the match said, “MS Dhoni has decided to retire from Test cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of cricket.” The press release also said that Dhoni has decided to quit Test cricket in order to extend his career in the shorter formats of the game and to completely concentrate on ODIs and T20 formats from now on. This sudden retirement of Dhoni in the fag end of the test series means that Virat Kohli will be now captaining the side for the fourth and the final test at the Sydney Cricket Ground starting from the 2nd of January 2015. It was Virat who had captained the Indian side for the first test in Adelaide when Dhoni was ruled out of the match due to a finger injury.
Dhoni has played 90 Tests in his career and has scored 4876 runs for India in those tests. He now holds the record for the most Test runs by an Indian captain, which he achieved during his last test innings in Melbourne. Dhoni, as a keeper, has effected 294 dismissals which is the most by an Indian and has captained India for 60 tests with a record of 27 wins, 15 drawn games and 18 test losses.
Twitter was abuzz with accolades to Dhoni as soon as the news of his retirement from Test cricket broke out. Some of the Twitter comments are as follows:
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar said on Twitter, “well done on a wonderful career in test cricket @msdhoni. Always enjoyed playing together. Next target 2015 WC my friend!!”
“Chennai 2 G, Great career MSD @msdhoni retired as captain. Way 2 go! Well done buddy on a fantastic test inning! Good luck!” Anil Kumble.
Bishan Singh Bedi said, “MSDhoni’s retirement in midst of test series leaves lot of us perplexed! But that’s his prerogative. I’d like 2 wish MSD Happy Retirement!!”
Michael Vaughan quoted, “Love the way @msdhoni plays the game… But it’s now the right time for @imVkohli to take the Indian Test team in a new direction…..”
Robert Croft mentioned, “Ms Dhoni will go down as the greatest Indian Cricket captain to date. Test Cricket No. 1, world 50 over and T20 Champions under him!”
Russel Arnold said on his Twitter handle, “New era for India starting in the New Year… Full of surprises MSD but the right decision. Well Done MSD!!”