On Wednesday, Mahendra Singh Dhoni informed the Board of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) that Dhoni is Stepping Down as the captain of TeamIndia’s One-Day International (ODI) and T20Indernational sides. Dhoni had previously retired in December 2014 from Test Cricket But continued to lead the Shorter Formats of the game.
Recently former English Skipper Nasser Hussain, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly and former Australian captain Michael Clarke spoke to India Today as they expressed their emotions on Dhoni.
“I am a little surprised (by Dhoni’s decision). But if Dhoni has had enough as a captain, Sourav Ganguly will tell you, Michael Clarke will tell you… when you know it… that feeling, it suddenly hits you then you can’t do the job anymore. He has done it for nine years. It is remarkable, especially in Indian cricket, nine years is a long, long time. The expectations, the pressure, even if you are the ‘ice man’ that is Dhoni, it eventually catches up with you. So, if he feels he can’t do it anymore, then 100 percent. I have said that about Alastair Cook.. if you feel you can’t do it anymore then you must pass the baton on to the next man,” quoted Nasser Hussain.
“I think he has done the right thing for himself and for Indian cricket. His legacy for me is I think he is the greatest-ever white ball captain. Not only in India but around the world. Only Ricky Ponting probably to have an argument with Dhoni about the greatest-ever white ball captain. His calmness under pressure has been absolutely amazing over the years,” Hussain added .
Ganguly quoted, “Remarkable. His record in one-day cricket is terrific, winning all the three ICC trophies (2007 WT20, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy) is a phenomenal achievement and I don’t think it will be easy for anybody to match that. His performances have been remarkable, he has had a great tenure as captain and that’s why he has been captain for nine years. He has done terrific for India.”
Clarke quoted, “He will go down as one of India’s all-time great captains for his leadership skills. I liked his aggressive approach as captain always trying to win the game. The way he played in both one day and Test cricket was phenomenal. He led the country pretty well. A lot of people don’t understand captaining any country is hard, but I can only imagine how much harder it is in India with all the passion and pressure. MS Dhoni deserves so much credit for how well a captain he’s been. Also he’s played the game in the right way .”