India news December 30, 2014

Dhoni retires from Test cricket

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MS Dhoni has retired from Test cricket with immediate effect following the drawn Test against Australia in Melbourne. Virat Kohli will take over as India captain for the final Test of the series, which India have already lost, in Sydney.

Dhoni was batting on 24 when the Test was called off early at the MCG - four overs were left and India had four wickets in hand - and he made no mention of his retirement during the customary captain's press conference at the end of the match. The announcement was made via a BCCI press release shortly after and it cited "the strain of playing all formats" as the reason.

"One of India's greatest Test captains under whose leadership India became the No. 1 team in the test rankings, MS Dhoni, has decided to retire from Test cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of cricket," the board said. "BCCI, while respecting the decision of MS Dhoni to retire from Test cricket, wishes to thank him for his enormous contribution to Test cricket and the laurels that he has brought to India. Virat Kohli will be the captain of the Indian team for the fourth and final Test against Australia to be played in Sydney."

In recent months Dhoni suffered from fitness issues, missing five ODIs against Sri Lanka in November because of a hand injury, which also sidelined him from the first Test against Australia in Adelaide. In addition to the pressure of leading India in all three formats, and the Chennai Super Kings franchise, for six years Dhoni has also had to play an extraordinary amount of matches. Since the start of 2008 - taking into account international matches across formats, IPL and Champions League T20 games - Dhoni has played 398 matches, the most for any cricket during this period. Suresh Raina is second with 369 games.

Though Dhoni's place in India's Test side has not been under question, his batting form took a dip in 2014 and he averaged only 33 in 17 innings this year. His wicketkeeping has also deteriorated, in particular his ability to move laterally to take testing catches. India's overseas results have also suffered under Dhoni's leadership in recent years. Since 2011, they have won only two out of 22 away Tests and lost 13.

Dhoni, however, is India's most successful captain, having presided over 27 wins in his 60-Test tenure, which began in 2008. His first Test as captain was against South Africa in Kanpur in April that year, because of an injury to regular captain Anil Kumble, and he took over full time after Kumble retired following the Delhi Test against Australia in October. Dhoni led India to the No. 1 Test ranking in 2009, a position they enjoyed until the tour of England in 2011.

Overall, Dhoni played 90 Tests in a career that began in 2005 and scored 4876 runs at an average of 38, with a high score of 224 against Australia in Chennai in 2013. As a wicketkeeper, he effected 294 dismissals, the fifth highest in Test cricket.

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  • soorya.dhoni on December 30, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Farewell my hero..... :) You were, are and will always be the best captain the country has ever had. You will not be remembered by me as the one who lost tests overseas, but instead as the captain who took us to no.1 in tests, ODIs and T20s and as the one who won us the ODI WC, T20 WC and the Champs Trophy. :) LOVE U MSD :)

  • CodandChips on December 30, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    No doubt Dhoni is a great of Indian cricket. Under his captaincy India have been number one in all formats, won all 3 major tournaments. Statistically he's one of the finest keeper-batsmen around. Has been the best finisher in the game for a few years now.

    Recently however India haven't been great in away tests. Too many away defeats, some heavy ones in particular. They have dominated at home a lot, but have often struggled away.

    As for his batting, he was brilliant in 2013 in tests, but struggled again this year. His keeping in the longer format has often been unconvincing.

    No doubt India will need him leading in the World Cup, and will be thankful for what has occurred underneath his leadership, but it's probably good for India that he's moving on from test cricket. It should also help him elongate his international career in shorter formats.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    MS Dhoni, thank you for your Test Captaincy achievements since 2008. You led the Indian team to series wins in New Zealand and West Indies, and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008, 2010 and 2013. In 2009 youalso led the Indian team to number one position for the first time in the ICC Test rankings. In 2013, under his captaincy, India became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series. In June 2013, when India defeated England in the final of the Champions Trophy in England, you became the first captain ever to win all the four ICC trophies (No.1 in Test ranking, ODI World cup winner,Champions trophy winner and T20 world cup winner). WOW.... what a record!!

  • JSatish on January 3, 2015, 8:53 GMT

    I am a die hard fan of MS Dhoni. He is such a master in ODI's. But when it comes to Tests overseas, he has suffered many defeats. its the manner of those defeats Indian fans must be hurt! I was much excited before each and every series, all these 6overseas series. I hoped for better show from the senior players, but they failed. I expected a lot from the younger team in Safrica and New Zealand, but we missed out on big moments. Every indian fan was expecting for a better England series this year, they started of with a Draw and a famous win at Lords but after that it was totally downward curve. And now in Aus, Adelaide match the best so far. We were in a fantastic situation in Brisbane but yet again we couldnt give that killer punch! So 6 overseas series in a row, It has done in on MSD..

    M S Dhoni.. Indian test team will miss u!

  • rao-matters on January 2, 2015, 17:10 GMT

    I still think its a immature decision from MSD ...he should have realized that he is caption of the national team and should have completed his tenure for 4 tests that the selectors had picked him for.Its not for him alone to decide when to go..he should have discussed this with the selectors first and kept them informed of his decision..As usual we lack planning for succession for leaders and someone is straight away plug ed in to the hot seat..as some one said..we Indians just don't want to plan ahead or think ahead..we take it day by day..

  • on January 1, 2015, 15:34 GMT

    we miss u MSD in white, this is not a right time to take this decsion.

  • on January 1, 2015, 8:10 GMT

    Give it ten years and everyone will be convinced he was the best ever.

  • S.Anand on December 31, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    MSD is the greatest captain India has ever produced. He took India to greatest achievements in all formats. Lately, due to poor and pathetic fast and spin bowlers, ageing batsmen (at the end of their retirement) and learning youngsters (at the beginning of their career), India did not do well abroad in test cricket. I think MSD has done more than enough with available resources which no other international captains can do. Nobody can blame him. We all will miss him and he certainly needs a break in test format due to his non-stop cricket in all formats. May be, he could have continued without wicket keeping, concentrating only on batting. Having his name in the middle order will rattle the opposition. He knew it is the right time to hand over the test captaincy to a young and dynamic Kohli. Would like to see MSD soon in ODI and T20. Hats off to my dear MSD..

  • on December 31, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    #1 KL Rahul (wk) #2 Vijay #3 Pujara #4 Kohli #5 Rahane #6 Raina #7 Ashwin #8 Bhuvi #9 Akshar P #10 Umesh #11 Ishant

  • on December 31, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    I think it's the right decision.

  • soorya.dhoni on December 30, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Farewell my hero..... :) You were, are and will always be the best captain the country has ever had. You will not be remembered by me as the one who lost tests overseas, but instead as the captain who took us to no.1 in tests, ODIs and T20s and as the one who won us the ODI WC, T20 WC and the Champs Trophy. :) LOVE U MSD :)

  • CodandChips on December 30, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    No doubt Dhoni is a great of Indian cricket. Under his captaincy India have been number one in all formats, won all 3 major tournaments. Statistically he's one of the finest keeper-batsmen around. Has been the best finisher in the game for a few years now.

    Recently however India haven't been great in away tests. Too many away defeats, some heavy ones in particular. They have dominated at home a lot, but have often struggled away.

    As for his batting, he was brilliant in 2013 in tests, but struggled again this year. His keeping in the longer format has often been unconvincing.

    No doubt India will need him leading in the World Cup, and will be thankful for what has occurred underneath his leadership, but it's probably good for India that he's moving on from test cricket. It should also help him elongate his international career in shorter formats.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    MS Dhoni, thank you for your Test Captaincy achievements since 2008. You led the Indian team to series wins in New Zealand and West Indies, and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008, 2010 and 2013. In 2009 youalso led the Indian team to number one position for the first time in the ICC Test rankings. In 2013, under his captaincy, India became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series. In June 2013, when India defeated England in the final of the Champions Trophy in England, you became the first captain ever to win all the four ICC trophies (No.1 in Test ranking, ODI World cup winner,Champions trophy winner and T20 world cup winner). WOW.... what a record!!

  • JSatish on January 3, 2015, 8:53 GMT

    I am a die hard fan of MS Dhoni. He is such a master in ODI's. But when it comes to Tests overseas, he has suffered many defeats. its the manner of those defeats Indian fans must be hurt! I was much excited before each and every series, all these 6overseas series. I hoped for better show from the senior players, but they failed. I expected a lot from the younger team in Safrica and New Zealand, but we missed out on big moments. Every indian fan was expecting for a better England series this year, they started of with a Draw and a famous win at Lords but after that it was totally downward curve. And now in Aus, Adelaide match the best so far. We were in a fantastic situation in Brisbane but yet again we couldnt give that killer punch! So 6 overseas series in a row, It has done in on MSD..

    M S Dhoni.. Indian test team will miss u!

  • rao-matters on January 2, 2015, 17:10 GMT

    I still think its a immature decision from MSD ...he should have realized that he is caption of the national team and should have completed his tenure for 4 tests that the selectors had picked him for.Its not for him alone to decide when to go..he should have discussed this with the selectors first and kept them informed of his decision..As usual we lack planning for succession for leaders and someone is straight away plug ed in to the hot seat..as some one said..we Indians just don't want to plan ahead or think ahead..we take it day by day..

  • on January 1, 2015, 15:34 GMT

    we miss u MSD in white, this is not a right time to take this decsion.

  • on January 1, 2015, 8:10 GMT

    Give it ten years and everyone will be convinced he was the best ever.

  • S.Anand on December 31, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    MSD is the greatest captain India has ever produced. He took India to greatest achievements in all formats. Lately, due to poor and pathetic fast and spin bowlers, ageing batsmen (at the end of their retirement) and learning youngsters (at the beginning of their career), India did not do well abroad in test cricket. I think MSD has done more than enough with available resources which no other international captains can do. Nobody can blame him. We all will miss him and he certainly needs a break in test format due to his non-stop cricket in all formats. May be, he could have continued without wicket keeping, concentrating only on batting. Having his name in the middle order will rattle the opposition. He knew it is the right time to hand over the test captaincy to a young and dynamic Kohli. Would like to see MSD soon in ODI and T20. Hats off to my dear MSD..

  • on December 31, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    #1 KL Rahul (wk) #2 Vijay #3 Pujara #4 Kohli #5 Rahane #6 Raina #7 Ashwin #8 Bhuvi #9 Akshar P #10 Umesh #11 Ishant

  • on December 31, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    I think it's the right decision.

  • lokesh0210 on December 31, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    How I wish that our captain cool had given himself a single chance to bat above. Things might've been different if he had given himself 10 innings in Tests playing at no.3, I'm sure he'd have scored big 7 times out of 10, but he always gave chances to youngsters, always backed the batting line-up playing at no.6, always been a rescuer. We all will miss you in white. You're the greatest captain and all-rounder Indian cricket has ever produced. The whole world salutes you - there's no one like you. Last time team India won the world cup for Sachin and this time they'll win it for you. Love you Dhoni bhai.

  • rajeshmettur on December 31, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    I was expected this decision, once Kohli shined on the 1st Test. I have been keep on writing Who is going to replace Dhoni after retirement? I feel this the right time for Dhoni to step out. He did exactly the same . And I firmly believe this 2nd and 3rd test, Dhoni as closely work with Kohli to prepare himself. One thing Dhoni missed is the farewell which he deserved. Kohli is ready to give farewell on winning Sydney Test. Do you know guess why he retired in middle of this series? If Virat have some Captain ship experience definitely his confidence will be more. Thats why he step down in middle on it. Dhoni a true India Savior. India (Dhoni & Kohli) are getting ready for the ODI World Cup 2015.

  • Vaughanographic on December 31, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    What captain walks out on his team halfway through the tour?

  • on December 31, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    He is the best example of Captain is as good as his team....though he did change the way we look at WC.....best of luck for future MSD

  • on December 31, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Dhoni is the best to play in ODIs and Twenty 20s...Not Test Cricket...anyway good decision but at the wrong time... He is the fastest runner between the wickets and hardest hitter of the ball(next to Dean Jones)...

  • on December 31, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    now Ind shud include uv in WC squad if things are going in this manner still believe these two are dangerous odi players well dhoni's is going to lift wc 2015.....

  • on December 31, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    very welcomed decision by dhoni. a great limited overs captain, but a mediocre test captain. kohli is the right choice

  • Lion_Wallaby on December 31, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Well done Sir!! Respect from Sri Lanka... But I cannot see anyone else in the Indian team got that strong personality and discipline to lead the nation unfortunately.. I hope Kholi will become bit more matured. Aggression in cricket is not going at the opposition verbally. Its the way you play your game….

  • on December 31, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    good bye and good riddance....average test player....unimaginative captain

  • JustIPL on December 31, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    It was looming for so long now after so many away test losses, whitewashes, even at home against England. Dhoni will remember this test for another rearguard action to save the test with his batting and 9 catches. He took the reign of indian team when fab4 failed to assume captaincy and concentrated on personal records. As a result he saw top ICC ranking but then he lost it due to the same seniors whose prime had made it possible. Later on, he had to do with the youngsters most of whom are useless blocs. His change room control was exposed heavily when kohli-dhawan messed it up. Another success for smith to show dhoni the door. Now it will be interesting to see how indian team develops with kohli's pluckiness. Ashwin/Bhuvi should be made captain to develop an all round indian team.

  • YesKayR on December 31, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Those who blame Dhoni for oversea drubbing shud understand onething very clearly. Batsmen of the caliber of Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar, Laxman failed miserably in Eng and aus in 2011 & Dravid in Aus 2011. A captain cant do anything in such a situation. When these guys were scoring well, was the time india won tests abroad and became No 1. From 2011 to 2013, there were no other established players, so Dhoni had to carry on despite the drubbings and he did that with dignity. He has aptly handed over the mantle to Kohli at the right time. Dhoni's batting record in tests is much better than any allrounder, wkt keepers who has batted below no 6 for india. Kirmani with 198 dismissals in 88 tests and dhoni with 294 dismissals in 90 tests shows a huge difference there also. his record in ODIs, apart from his average, has been impeccable, the way he finishes off a tight match , with an ice cool approach. INDIA SALUTES YOU..

  • SUNDHUR on December 31, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    MS Dhoni brought a new definition for captaincy be it Test, ODI or T20 evidenced by his success in all formats, winning 2 world cups and rising test ranking. It is time for him to retire from Test cricket as captain as he himself has decided, so the decision shall be respected. Kudos to him and the contributions he has made to Indian Cricket coming from a humble background. May his success be an inspiration to future captains and cricketers not only in India but all over the cricketing world!

  • Malik88 on December 31, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    Dhoni is definitely the best player of the last decade and the best wicket keeper batsman ever along with Gilchrist. Love and respect from Pakistan.

  • SANATP22 on December 31, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    Ur the best Dhoni. We all are miss you in Test. hope you will bring back WC2015 to India. You make us feel proud. Best lucks for future life.

  • on December 31, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    very much like msd an unassuming exit..he will probably try and play odi ipl for the next 3 or 4 years and even from there will retire without any fuss ,ovations last laps .. kaptan dhoni zindabad

  • on December 31, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    Dhoni took India to great heights. Indian cricket should definitely be greatful to him. There were some criticism on his over defensive approach in tests and favoritism shown to certain players, which Virat should avoid. Virat should also learn to check his emotions. Dhoni has retired at the right time, for which he should be congratulated. Indian cricketers tend to prolong their careers well past their prime. Thank you Dhoni and All the best Virat.

  • on December 31, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    M.S. Dhoni retired as a captain, that's alright, some players step down from captainship when their personal performance is on the decline, Tendulkar did, Younis Khan did, Mahela Jayawardene did, etc, etc, but Dhoni should still play test cricket as a wicketkeeper batsman. He still got a lot left in him.

  • on December 31, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    Good decision by MSD. A great player he is and rightly deserves some respect

  • aarpee2 on December 31, 2014, 0:32 GMT

    I believe the selectors missed a trick by naming him skipper for the Indian team to Australiia.His record overseas as a leader in tests did not warrant an extension.. He could have played as wk for the tour and one more year in tests by skipping Skipping IPL in 2015. That would have been meritorious. I hope running away from his responsibility leaving his team in dire straits does not impact the morale of his teamates . .All good things come to an end and we wish him well....no one is indispensable.The team and the game are greater than any individual and that applies to MSD too.. Having said that let us move on just as he has chosen to and respect his decision and thank him for his outstanding services.

  • on December 31, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    what made him to take such a decision in the middle of the tour?

  • Vankataki on December 31, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    Its simple he wanted to retire at the end of 2014.

    Greatest Indian cricket player ever !!.

  • chechong0114 on December 31, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    As the demand to feed the cricket world lays solely on the shoulders of the BCCI Dhoni is just another casualty of an over worked Indian team with too much cricket. My question to anyone that can answer this is when was the last time the Indian cricket team had at least 6 good months of from playing. After a full and extremely exhausting tour of England the BCCI saw it fit to squeeze in a home tour against the West Indies before this mammoth tour of Australia. After this tour they go straight to the world cup and I am 100% sure there will be another tour waiting for them again right after that. What is really puzzling to me is that none of the Indian players seem to be affected by this madness, I don't know if its love for the game, money or just fear of retaliation from BCCI if they voice their need for rest but it just does not seem to bother them at all. I know 1 thing, Kholi will fear no better than Dhoni if this nonsense does not stop soon, his career will end abruptly like Dhoni.

  • WTEH on December 31, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    12 to 15 months delayed decision. Could have saved some dignity if retired early. Why don't you consider about the other formats also. It seems Kohli have everything under control........

  • on December 30, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    Thank God! Dhoni is great... But only in limited overs format.

  • on December 30, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    With much respect and best wishes for the future from a Pakistani.

  • on December 30, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    Dhoni - the optimist of indian cricket retires today from the longer format. What an eyesore to see people who can't even spell cricket saying that his decision to quit wasn't right. U accept or not but that's vintage dhoni ..who never allowed his personal interests to convolve with the team . As your fan I salute you today dhoni to whatever you have done for indian test cricket and hope to see you lift the World Cup 2015 for india this year and prove these bunch of hideous critics wrong.

  • Rajah_skn on December 30, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    Captain COOL Out, Captain HOT In.

  • guindyvarada on December 30, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    We will definitely miss Dhoni.s Shoib Akhtat rightly said,"why blame Dhoni for losses outside India? H" Does India have bowlers who can dismiss an opposition like AUS,England and SA twice in their homegrounds? NO,DEFINITELY NO. First no one is 100% fit. Ishant bowlass v erywell for a match and is injured for the next three. Bhuvi unfortunately is unfit now and is in recovery. He and Shami to a little extent are the only fit bowlers. With this shortcoming, when batsmen too fail frequently,why blame Dhoni? Only Vijay,Rahane, and Kholi are in form now. Kholi was a flop over the past 3-4 months. Kholi is a good batsman,BUT IS HE A GOOD LEADER, /Bis brashness is to be curtailed or e will be courting trouble regularly. DHONI DESERVED a better sent off-Why this sudden decision? we may know later. It was sickening to hear BCCI official tlling media,"he could have tolds us" When another senior HAD to decide his own retirement even when Long overdue/why ask Dhoni to infoRM IN ADVANCE?

  • on December 30, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    Dohni had to go. He was failing badly in this series, no leadership and too scared of Australian bowlers.

  • Dev_Anand on December 30, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    Thank you MS for making me enjoy cricket again the last 10 years. In my eyes, you and Kapil Dev are the greatest cricketers India has ever produced. It is no coincidence that you and Kapil have won world cups for India. Hopefully, the next generation of cricketers will follow your footsteps and bring more laurels to India. Good luck for your future!

    Your record speaks for itself. Captain of the 2007 T20 World Champions, 2011 ODI World Champions, 2013 ODI Champions Trophy, Test Cricket No.1 ranking. Thanks for all the memories.

  • JustIPL on December 30, 2014, 22:30 GMT

    Had Smith declared and india chased in Melbourne, dhoni would have survived as test captain.

  • on December 30, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    Let this test retirement give him a long lasting ODI and T20 career ahead , which should be minimum 7 years from now on including winning the 2015 ODI world cup, I still strongly believe DRS had a crucial role in his team's overseas test losses.

  • DreamCricketer on December 30, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    Dream Cricketer: He's one of the best Captain's india had. Winning the world cup in 2011!. All the best to you!

  • dunger.bob on December 30, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    Even his retirement was in true Dhoni style. Understated, unexpected and unconventional. Good on you MS. True to yourself right to the end.

  • petersteyn on December 30, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    So now Mr Dhoni will choose what format of game he can play and what he can't? If he can't play one more test cricket for his country when his country needs him the most then he doesn't deserve to be a one-day captain for the team. Sorry Dhoni but you just killed my interest of cricket

  • kriskk on December 30, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    Good decision to retire from test cricket. Good for India's test cricket future !! India managed to get to No:1 status because of Sehwag, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Zaheer & Harbhajan. Not because of Dhoni's captaincy!!

  • proudindianjoe on December 30, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    A pic of you that Raina posted on twitter shows you with moist red eyes. Those moist red eyes reflects the love and passion you had for Indian cricket. We your fans are now left with fond memories and moist red eyes. Farewell my Captain.

    You are a modern day legend who re-defined Indian sports. Your supreme fitness can rival any international athlete. You showed the world the kind of talent that lurks in the small towns of India. You showed us how to play for pride and passion. Your an example of the mantra - "There is no substitute for handwork." You showed humility in victory and responsibility in losses. Above all you showed us what it takes to be a leader par excellence. You were the best captain we ever had. You took us to the numero uno position in tests, ODIs and T20s. You won us the ODI WORLD CUP, T20 WORLD CUP, the Champions Trophy and the Asia cup :-) You would always be remembered as the one who showed the world that being an Indian can be cool. Really cool. LOVE U MSD

  • SnowSnake on December 30, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    I think Dhoni timed his retirement right. Otherwise, he would have been removed from his captaincy. He lost too may away series and many 4-0 or 5-0. Very bad performing Indian captain for tests. Truth needs to be told as is. He is a great ODI player but not very effective test captain.

  • on December 30, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly would be a relieved man now! He has been using NDTV to hasten MSD quit from captaincy since the time MSD was close to overtaking him as the India's best test captain!

  • Mervo on December 30, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    It tells us in this story that India became Number 1 in cricket under his captaincy about 2 years ago. How was that? I can't recall India winning an away series for years and years. Did I miss something. India should bring back an older player as captain, as Kholi is no where near ready. His hot-headed arrogance is going to disrupt the team and its status. He is an accident waiting to happen.

  • cricpov on December 30, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    Umesh Yadav proved that keeping him out was a big mistake by MSD. He has the best strike rate of all indian and aussie bowlers except Lyon and very little to differentiate from Hazelwood. MSDs top cronies Ishant and Ashwin have the worst strike rates on this tour, another reason for perpetual defeats.

    MSD was a disaster for india in Tests abroad because he refused to recognize and groom the correct talent. Instead he kept on backing failed garbage players.

    I found Aaron bowled well without luck, but he was first one to be benched again after just 2 games. If Aaron is given a run like Ishant, he could be a match winner too. His strike rate is better than Ishant's on this tour too.

    Any India captain can win in India. MSD contributed largely to all India failures abroad.

  • DaDaL0G on December 30, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Hats off for you Dhoni,it doesnt matter how many matches you win at home or abroad its all about the personality and the game You are the best character India has produced after sachin, as a pakistani friend i admired you always and prayed for a Dhoni in Pakistan team, a cool calm and fair cricketer and one of my favorite cricketer of subcontinent, lets see what aggressive and big mouth Kohli is going to do with captaincy, I am gonna miss you mate, Best of Luck my prayers are always with you, May God be with you.

  • on December 30, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    I Believe dhoni is great player i guess he to early retirement he has ability and power to pay more in test cricket I think he should leave IPL and re join test cricket

  • on December 30, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    @Sapna Gandile: You are really stuck in the past and need to get your priorities right. Test cricket is an obsolete format. I am sure MSD is glad to stop playing it. He is a champion of limited overs cricket and that's where the real fun is.

  • on December 30, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    OMG! Our team will have to play under kohli's command? Our team not only need bat & ball also need something more . where is guns & bullets please give to kohli's & co , here after we will win the war, success or murders.

  • tgevans on December 30, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    Dhoni's retirement was long overdue. While Indian cricket owes a lot to Dhoni's calm, unemotional leadership, he was clearly well past his use-by date in test cricket. From team selection to field placement, he seemed to be going through the motions instead of proactively making things happen. Keeping wickets, particularly with a toothless Indian bowling attack, can wear you down mentally, and he showed all the signs of being worn out.

    It is too soon to tell if Kohli is up to the task but he is young enough to grow into it. It'll be harder to replace Dhoni's keeping. None of the current prospects seem worthy.

  • on December 30, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    As a replacement,I will suggest either Sanju Samsung or Robin Utthapa. Robin an open the innings as well. Sanju is a good middle order bat

  • on December 30, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    Good decision at the right time Thank you for your contribution to the indian team

  • on December 30, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    exactly a year later...I remember his interview some time after wc2011 where he said he will take decision in 2013 on his test furure considering amount of cricket he is playing and keeping an eye on wc2015...

  • Rahulbose on December 30, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Dhoni is a once in a generation talent. Even though he never gave test matches much priority his ability gave the team much needed balance. People tend to confuse his brilliant captaincy in ODIs and T20s with his test record as captain. To me he seems to be the first Indian Captain whose priority was limited overs cricket. His indifferent attitude towards tests was reflected by the team many times.

  • on December 30, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Good riddance!! I am talking about Test Cricket here... this man MS Dhoni was there only due to 'accident' (or maybe because 'there was nobody else' etc etc -- the usual lame excuse!) ... the fact is that this man had no clue about Test Cricket and frankly never seemed as though he ever wanted to be a part of it! Now that he is gone, hopefully India's performance will improve (where it matters the MOST) in the long run.... in England, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand ---- note the common denominator there -- conditions far and removed AWAY from 'home' -- where the real "Test" is undertaken...!!

  • Anandsadvice on December 30, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    I would like to say that the Indian team has changed its approach under Dhoni leadership. And I think he has achieved success more than any other Indian Caption. Under his Captionship the team progressed to a large extent overseas with regards to competing with the other teams on the same level in their country but he did not gain success as a test caption because the team was not able to cross the line on a winning note they were close but not successful.

    I think Dhoni realized that he needs to give V.K the reigns and move on as may be the Indian team can cross the line on a winning note under V.K's leadership.

    I think the Indian Bowlers need to stop practice for a day check out the video's of the previous matches and figure out the answer to why they are not able to pick up the 20 wickets required to win a test. I hope V.K has the answer to how long will India lose test matches due to poor bowling. Wake up guys.

  • on December 30, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    its a right decision, some how do not feel that Vk is ready for the captaincy bcoz people can get into his skin very easily as we saw in the first inns. let's hope that Indian cricket goes further beyond MSD test captaincy era. As an ODIS leader MSD is the best.

  • CricketLifer on December 30, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Farewell Captain Cool. Your contributions to Indian cricket will always be much cherished. Thank you for that. I know we have often blamed you for playing safe but you knew your team's limits. India just don't have strike bowlers and can neither be expected to take 20 wickets nor bat sensibly. Hopefully, you can recharge for ODIs and T20s. Good luck and thank you again.

  • kirands on December 30, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Oh, what a sad day in my life !!!! Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Captain Cool phlegmatic has retired from Test cricket. 90 Tests, captain in 60 of them, 27 wins under his captaincy, a batting average of 38, nearly 5000 runs, and 294 victims. Test series victories in West Indies and New Zealand, taking India to No. 1 in Test cricket for a brief period, whitewashing Australia 4-0 in India, and winning the World Cup in 2011 were some of his notable achievements as captain. One of the finest cricketers to have played for India, Dhoni was a peerless player and statesman. With a batting average of 38, Dhoni could walk into the Indian team on the strength of his batting skills alone, forget what he could do as a wicketkeeper and captain. Dhoni's immeasurable and immense contribution to Indian cricket is admirable. If I were to select the alltime best Indian XI from the 82 years of Test cricket India has played, Dhoni will be an automatic choice for the dual positions of wicketkeeper and captain. Indi

  • on December 30, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Indeed, he still shows the world he is different. I admire that attitude. It is a very bold decision compared to all other Indian(except Dravid, Tendulkar) and world captains(except Stephen Fleming, Grame Smith). Dravid and Tendulkar left the captainship very soon after they realized they can't handle. The captainship was forcefully taken/removed from Indian captains Azhar, Ganguly and other world captains Steve Waugh, Ponting. I expected Dhoni t step down after 8-0 loss. But still it's not too late. He made it at right time, hope so. However he still remains as the best Indian test captain(excluding Ganguly overseas records). Thank you MSD.

  • on December 30, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    what a wonderful player and best captain.True sportman.Indian cricket will always miss him

  • on December 30, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    The most tactical and practical man of indian cricket calls it a day from test cricket ...... Decision taken at the right moment.... Well played Dhoni you go with your head held high.... Hope this elongates his limited overs shelf life.

  • likeintcricket on December 30, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    I don't think Kohli is the ideal choice for a captain as he is too emotional and he never try to hide this. His captaincy may lead to fractions in the team. For a longer term someone like Rehane may be the ideal choice for the future. Kohli though is the best batsman around today and he should be utilize like Sachin. To be honest I have never seen such a convincing performance from a touring batsman against Australia. Though the wickets are on a slower side without any grass and the Australian batting and fielding are not the best at the moment but still the way he demolished Australian bowling is awesome. Indians could have been 2-0 if the bowling was up to some good and lower order batting delivered something. Dhoni was the best thing happened to India and he will surely be missed in near future.

  • arup_g on December 30, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    Very shocked in the manner it came about but on the whole it was the best thing for Indian cricket. Dhoni was never a brilliant test captain. He inherited a brilliant team full of Sachin, Sehwag, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Yuvraj, Zaheer and Harbhajan, and simply let them do their job but when the going got tough I don't think he was proactive enough, especially in the last 2-3 years. With such a young and inexperienced team right now, a young captain is required and Virat Kohli is that man.

    What I will miss is his batting at number 6/7 where he scored many runs for India when they desperately needed it. I'm glad he will continue as ODI and T20 captain as I think it is much more suited to his captaincy.

    I would have liked Dhoni to have retired at home, where he would have got a big send off, but I guess that shows the kind of man Dhoni is - cool, calm and collected....and he wanted to out in that exact manner.

  • on December 30, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Dhoni's is an amazing cricket story for the ages. His life reads a like a page out of the realm of fantasy - a young man who had been turned down for a ticket collector's job; found his calling in cricket. His technique was bizarre at best; the helicopter shot was his trademark, even though technically it was seriously flawed. He became one of the most feared batsman on the planet. On his better days, he routinely plucked out victories (single-handedly), even when a defeat appeared inevitable. As Captain Dhoni, India has not seen any one better. What a story! what a life? Even Bollywood scribes couldn't have scripted it better.

  • hal.jordan on December 30, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Dhoni is THE best finisher when it comes to the the shorter format of the game. without a doubt. you could bet the house on him to win it more times than lose. but Tests were just not his thing. the red ball, swinging, overseas conditions. but when it comes to one dayers and T20s dude is a whole new monster. i think it was a wise decision. He is still a formidable force in the shorter format. i hope he plays for 10 more years there.

  • stumpedlloyd on December 30, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    This is going to be interesting. A mature, cool leader is being replaced by a petulant child as India's test captain.

  • samvarma on December 30, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Great Decision , M.S ! You are and always will be a star who brought aggression to our game ! . Hope N Ojha and Dhawal Kulkarni given a chance in place of dhoni and Shami respectively. Indian bowling has been horrible through out.

  • CurrentPresident on December 30, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Unexpected but timely decision. Now he can focus on doing what he loves most and does best - leading India in the limited overs tournaments. He has no equals there in the limited overs arena. He is a total 'Baap'.

    While his contribution in giving India the winning habit with his tactical genius will me sorely missed, the holes brought upon in the test team by his lack of strategic vision can now be addressed.

    Time to get Saurav in as the team director who can work with Virat to identify and groom fresh bowling talent.

  • Shangrero on December 30, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    He is a remarkable captain to be remember forever in all formats and he has beaten all the records of Indian captainship which nobody as a captain never ever achieved eg Azharuddin Kapil Dev Saurav or Dravid nobody cannot be the standards of the Dhoni as a person and a good sportive cricketer Calm person good captainship in all formats no1 test cricket team champions trophy t20trophy as well as the World Cup Anybody can speak and criticise but never to forget the achievements which he has done to Indian team and to India proud to be a Dhoni fan nobody has the right to criticise about Dhoni. Sunil Ravi Shastri or any others can't criticise because they didn't achieved liked what Dhoni did as a captain calm person with different tactics and marvellous human being

    Any how the down fall is started to team India for sure Kohli maybe a good cricketer batsman but can't achieve the records in captaincy what Dhoni did and one home away match will decide to quit the captain ship of Kohli

  • on December 30, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Dhoni wasn't a great Test cricketer at all. His test record tells the story. His talent was in ODIs. But he was a true gentleman. That is so true. We Sri Lankans were never fans of India....but as a country we respect Dhoni for his attitude and more for his gentleman qualities. I think we Sri Lankans had the same respect for Mohamad Azaarudin long long time ago. After Azar, if there was an Indian player we respect, then definitely it was MS Dhoni. There has to be an end to every journey in life....Without an end you cannot have a complete journey....Good luck Dhoni and thank you for the memories !!!!!

  • on December 30, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Dhoni is the best captain India has ever produced.He brought dignity to the job of captaincy. His temperament has been outstanding . Those who criticise him for overseas failures forget the fact that under him only India achieved the number 1 status in world cricket. When Australia and England tour India they get thrashed by Indian team. so why make a big issue out of his overseas statistics. In his retirement, he has shown that he is not interested to hang on for his personal achievement or record. He realised he could not contribute more effectively, hence decided to call it a day. What a great sportsperson. There are media men who is more keen to make a news out of timing rather than talk about Dhoni's achievement. When Sachin can decide when to retire, Dhoni too can take his decision. We must learn to respect and not criticise. Dhoni's achievements are Himalayan and to scale it will take long time and right temperament.

  • on December 30, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    It was the right time for MS to retire, i hope he would have plyed one more test, the last one in Sydney and then should have retired. But maybe as i fan i can ask much, more importantly its his choice and decision, he knows and understands much better has anyone. So one of the greatest Indian captain have retired. Now after some time a issue will be raised that Ganguly was greatest Indian captain or it is MSD.

  • on December 30, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    thank you dhoni, ur 224 vs Australia at Chennai will be one the best knocks

  • on December 30, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    @Rakesh Sharma your comment is the height of nonsense. You are compareing M S Dhoni with Gavaskar, Sachin And Lakshman which is rediculous. He has left the team in the middle of the series whereas all the other have atleast completed the series. And moreover Gavaskar took retirement when he was in the prime form. Gavaskar took retirement when he was in the form. Compareing Dhoni With Such a legendary cricketers is not right. They have proved their performance in the foreign soils. Check the stats of Tendulkar, Lakshman and Gavaskar in the foreign soils and then compare it with the stat of M S Dhoni on foreign soil. you will get your answer.

  • vkumar_086 on December 30, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Dhoni's retirement from tests is shocking for me....he led our team to No.1 in tests, won 20-20 WC, Champions trophy & WC 2011 for India, surely one of the all time greatest captains in cricket, has place in the group of Ponting, Smith, Border, Steve Waugh, Clive Lloyd...but he is still greater than these all legends because he is the ONLY captain who won all prestigious trophies....what makes me feel great about him is he hails from a small town of India unlike other greats of India who come from big cricketing cities like Mumbai,Kolkata, Chennai....really he is a source of inspiration for youths who wants to achieve something in life, captain cool is also known for his good behaviour, arranged a ticket for a Pakistan fan during India-Pak world cup match is an example....WE ARE GOING TO MISS HIM IN WHITE DRESS....thank you Dhoni for your selfless service for Indian cricket, all the best for WC 2015 and future as well

  • Thotful on December 30, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Dhoni's use by date in test cricket is long gone but his calmness and diplomacy will be sorely missed. I am afraid Virat's brand of combative captaincy is going to be very poor and reflect badly on Indian cricket in the years to come.

  • Ha8rick on December 30, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    About time! Dhoni is only good for shorter version of the game. He is a good batsman but not a good keeper which is so important to have in Test cricket.

  • Chetan007 on December 30, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Dhoni is best captain even in test. Dhoni was leading a young side and where most of the players were not exposed to the pitch outside subcontinent. He also lead the side with most out of form players. What anyone accept from a captain if the batsmen were not good enough to score 300 in an inning outside subcontinent nor the bowlers who can take 20 wickets in test cricket. He has given consistent run for the player to boost their confidence like what worked for Yuvraj, Zaheer and Rohit in ODIs. Someone calls him defensive but if you look at the stats, he is been aggressive but it's not easy to judge Dhoni. For me, he is the best captain India ever had by now and I'm proud of him.

  • on December 30, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    A practical man, but also a philosophical man, a philosophy not many understood. A man with his own mind who did things his way not worrying about the small stuff. Never a natural for test cricket, he probably found himself also increasingly out of place in the ridiculous and immature sledging competition test cricket has become, especially with the Aussies.

  • sheru-sher on December 30, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Legendary players know when they have had enough and their out put is diminishing. Lesser players hang on for records and attention and are embarrasingly forced out . Well done MSD.

  • rajaiyer on December 30, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Thanks Mahi for your immense contribution to Indian Cricket in particular and the game in general. It is tough captaining an Indian Team in all formats of the game. You played the game with dignity and are bowing out with your head held high.

    We will miss you very much.

    Just a correction to Mr. Rakesh Sharma's Comments : Sunil Gavaskar made his Test debut in 1971 and he played his last Test in 1986-87. During Gavaskar's playing days, there were very few limited overs game (forget the Twenty20 variety). Gavaskar as a captain, continued what Pataudi started - self belief. He showed the world that Indian batsmen can compete everywhere - the torch then carried higher by Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly.

    Sorry, Mr. Sharma, you got your facts wrong.

  • sunilvem on December 30, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Thank you MR. Dhoni for the decision that you have taken.Appreciate your bold move to improve Indian test cricket.But I was surprised initially when my friends told me that Dhoni has retired from Test cricket bcoz I watched the match till early morning today from Chile and was very happy afterwards that Dhoni has given way to youngsters who are capable to stand behind the wickets.All the best for the Limited overs career and thanks for the serving the country till now in this format.

  • Srini9 on December 30, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Unexpected, Unexpected and Unexpected of Dhoni's decision. Dhoni is a natural Born Leader of simplicity. Was he thought he is already close to mid thirties that he has taken lot of stress of the players that he played along so he got late forties grey hair so early. Dhoni still be a wonderful leader in dressing room. I have never seen a player walks on to pitch and looks at everybody on the ground how to bat? tell me I am learning. He played with plenty and aplenty Indian Great Cricketers. You only have little grey hair fellow but you still have lot of strength. Please carry on.

  • on December 30, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    He is only 34. Maybe Dhoni is tired of being the test captain. Arguably India are not able to compete in this format overseas due to our weaker bowling. I can understand him giving up the captains job, however he still has loads of test cricket left in him and he should not be calling it quits so soon. Sorry to see him give up tests like this.

  • on December 30, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Dhoni is a cricketer made for ODIs and Twenty 20s, Not for Test Cricket... Anyway .. Good decision at a wrong time..Dhoni is the hardest hitter of the ball and the fastest runner between the wickets.(next to Dean Jones)

  • on December 30, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    He is an good captain ,but he done the best thing he never done in his whole career ,so now every one can play cricket not only players from chennai .

  • on December 30, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Well Done M S Dhoni. Congratulations on a great Test Career You will be remembered for your numerous achievements in Test cricket e.g. taking India to No. 1 in Test rankings and being most successful Indian captain. Coming from a small town and realizing your dreams is inspirational stuff. Your story will keep inspiring and motivating many youngsters for years to come.

  • Kirkirro on December 30, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Captains have come and gone but Mahendra Singh Dhoni remains the Best of the Best.

  • on December 30, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Sad to see him retire. WIsh he had retired on a high, and not as a knee jerk reaction to wide spread and justified criticism of his captaincy. Yes, he has been a hero, not once, but multiple times in in career. When he soaked in all the accolades when he performed, he should have manned up and accepted the criticism as well, instead of this arrogant behaior. And needless to say, his unimaginative and negative captaincy HAS cost us multiple series defeats. All that said, you will be missed Dhoni. You still are the best 1Day Captain in world cricket !!!

  • ak_prasanna on December 30, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    I see many people are commenting him to remain (only) as a Test cricketer even after his retirement announcement. What i feel is after lead this same team for long time and play the game only as a wicketkeeper/batsmen is a real distrubing stuff. He is not Azhar who played under Sachin, the one who grown up under his captaincy. On top of all, MSD lost his glory as a test player (i guess he had it some time back).

  • niazbhi on December 30, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    I do not believe Dhoni left the team in the middle.. he was probably asked to step aside for a match or two to let Kholi lead and feign injury, he decided to retire. Dhoni can keep his place in ODI or 2020 just as a batsman. Indian board probably wants different captains in different formats.

  • on December 30, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    A hasty decision by MSD. He should have still played under Kohlis captainship. kohli is hot tempered he still needs MSD mr cool to support him n share his experties.

  • on December 30, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Don't you feel that instead of comparing number of games, number of days present in cricket field would give a better idea at how much Dhoni have played in past 6-7 years. I mean multiply number of tests by 5 and add it to 1 each for t20s and odi and then compare result.

  • on December 30, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Take a bow champ !!!... you are truly inspirational for all cricket lovers. You have made most of our dream comes true.Could not expect or ask for more.

    Your test retirement also comes in style.

    I Salute your contribution and achievements you made for cricket and the country.

  • IndianCoolGuy on December 30, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    MSD, No one can guess your tactics, no one can read your feelings. You made most of us blindly believe what ever decisions you take on the field are right because you have proved that countless times. We all know you have to retire one day, but no one could guess this at this moment. And now with heavy heart we are prepared to accept this as well. We all love you for ever. To everyone who thinks MSD has not done well in overseas tests, Please remember that Indian test team is under transition period. Sehwag, Gambir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman were part of No1 test team and replacing them is almost impossible.

  • prashanth_n on December 30, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    KL Rahul can be next Wicket-keeper batsman for final Test of the series ?

  • luckyindia on December 30, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Great captain. brave decision. anyway virat kohli he thing is easy to handle captain job? no specially when you tour out side of subcont. mark my word you will cry.compere to VKOHLI, DHONI was best as caption.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on December 30, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    Congratulations for your great career . You took an absolutely correct decision to quit while on the top.

    All the ex cricketers like Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Laxman etc just dragged on and on for around twenty years as if they were indispensable. They were greedy So they feel it odd. Doni you are resourceful in many things in life. No point in accumulating so called records with quantity . You are like NZ, English and other non Indian cricketers who quit while on the top. Congrats and all the best in life.

  • OracleMagus on December 30, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Well Done MSD. You have yet again proved that, you are way ahead of everyone. You knew the exact moment to call it a day. We will all miss you, the greatest Indian Captain ever. This is the biggest loss ever for Indian Cricket. Each Indian, looked for someone to blame at the end of every match & you have been man enough the take all responsibility on your shoulders, even though you knew very well that, it is the team that has lost and you were in no way responsible for it. Our Indian team 'Away' records under every captain is testimonial enough that no Indian Captain was ever really successful overseas, yet you gave in your best selflessly every-time, expecting the best result, but the team failed to deliver in-spite of your best efforts. I salute you for showing the world that you are always in command of your destiny. Cheers Captain Cool !!!!

  • Parousia on December 30, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Dhoni made the right call.. It is better for him to concentrate in Limited overs cricket which suit his game more.. He made the right call.. Its time to thank him for his services & time for the Indian selectors build a new test team for the future

  • Parousia on December 30, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Dhoni made the right call.. It is better for him to concentrate in Limited overs cricket which suit his game more.. He made the right call.. Its time to thank him for his services & time for the Indian selectors build a new test team for the future

  • Abdul_Kayum on December 30, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    The Best man to lead India. He is one of the best leaders of world cricket. He won ODI WC, T20 WC and also the Champions Trophy for India, The only Captain to win all three. With limited Bowling resources at his disposal, he did wonders for Indian cricket. #Respect.

  • on December 30, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    never once he said captainship is a burden in tests.. he said playing itself burden to his body. so he was right in retiring. and giving kohli one more test to captain in Australia means he still thinks of the team.gudos to dhoni.all this two years he prepared batsmen who will be the future of Indian cricket...vijay.kohli.rahane.pujara.rohit..ashwin.bhuvi..and backed ishant so long...and he took blame for all loses in overseas just to develop this player s..they are more matured at least the batsman except dhawan. he should be captaining till 2019 WC..38 is a normal retiring age now days...or win this WC immediately give up captaincy and play till next WC and enjoy his role...if India don't win this WC..he might retire from all forms....that is dhoni

  • on December 30, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Good decision ..india don't have any tough overseas tours for I guess another 2-3 years so it makes easier for his replacements both as keeper as well captain..I think he might retire from international cricket completely after the World Cup 2015...

  • ns1000 on December 30, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Dhoni's reason for retiring was that it was putting too much strain playing all formats of the game and he clearly chose the shorter formats which he endears more. This is probably good for India given their abysmal overseas record. Give the new Test captain at least a couple of years before making any changes. Wish him and India the best in the shorter format.

  • Cricistan on December 30, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Hats off to Mahindra Singh "The King" Dhoni. He was without a doubt a fantastic player, excellent keeper, great thinking captain, and an expressive batsmen who always scored at crucial times. He captained the side in every format with success under his feet most of the times specially at big occasions like the two world cups, I am a Pakistani and a big of Dhoni the great. Best of luck in your life and in the world cup. Fan across the border.

  • on December 30, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    many say that india diged as a test nation in cricket,but he has to play the latter half of the test career as captain with new and young set of players who are still trying to find their feet in test cricket so let us not mind the slump in winning ratio overseas hats of msd you can be proud of what you have achieved in test cricket

  • Robtyson on December 30, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Excellent comments from Rahul Dravid on Dhoni's retirement from tests. As he has said, Dhoni captained Indian team in tests with limited sources that was available with him. Dravid has also mentioned that Dhoni was aggressive in tests played in India as he always could go to his spinners for taking wickets. But in abroad he knew that his bowlers were not capable of taking wickets and thats why he looked like a captain who was out of ideas. Dravid also mentioned that captains under whom he played under were very good when their bowlers were at peak and the same captains looked totally inefficient when their bowlers were pathetic. Hes the best wicket keeper batsman India has ever produced in tests. The sad things his ODI record is so high that people expected him to reproduce those stats in tests as well. But winning tests need contribution from atleast 8 out of 11 players whereas a single player can change the course of an ODI or T20 match. I salute Dhoni!!!

  • Ben2014 on December 30, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Dhoni has been the easiest to Manage (from his superiors' point of view) and he in turn manages his team effectively. He knew the strengths and weaknesses of his boys and led accordingly. He takes no nonsense and is very practical. Now that he felt slightest of dissatisfaction from some of the fans and critics, he walks away. I would say he has been the perfect captain. I will miss him.

    Thank you Mahi for your enormous contribution to Indian test cricket. As a practical man, you know better about the timing of your retirement. I respect you. Keep well Captain.

  • THEBEAST7 on December 30, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    One guy who always put his team before himself. True hero of the game. We will definitely miss u MSD in tests. All the best in ODIs and T20s. From a SL fan.

  • on December 30, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Practical as always MSD !!! But should have continued as wkt keeper fr 1 more year or so.. However u will be missed a lot hero...Waiting fr one more worldcup under ur leadership :)

  • on December 30, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    First of all, Thank You MSD - the Ice Man of Indian cricket. The BEST captain to ever lead the Blues. A formidable batsman in every aspect and a terrific man manager. He gave India his best and took the team to no.1 in all formats. No other captain in history has done that. Also, he continues to lead CSK successfully with international players. A great man who has made a selfless decision for the good of Indian cricket. God bless and all the best for the World Cup.

  • on December 30, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Great captain .. MSD bought indians unprecedented joy both as a player and captain.Getting to overseas test wins ,it has lot to do with bowlers and one has to say we didn't have a potent attack to bowl opposition out side india.It requires great set of players to win a test out side their conditions.If we look at all the great teams that won out side their country they have grt players and unfortunately india dont have fast bolwers who has discipline to make an impact.I felt india missed bhuvi in this tour.He opening the bowling surely would have made a change in fortunes with his accuracy.Never the less it is an end of era . We will all miss MSD's presence behind the stumps.But as cricket has taught us end of one era will make its way to a new era.The kohli era.I am eagerly waiting to see our team transforming from cool to RUTHELESS.Dada to dhoni and now the baton goes to kohli.I see a ponting in kohli and captaincy will bring the best in him.All the best to kohli. MSD fan for life.

  • akasavani on December 30, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    We're in for a wild ride under Kohli's captaincy. Not sure if it will be a winning or losing one yet, it will be wild though!

  • on December 30, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Dhoni did the best he could, and despite getting no bowling attack to speak of, he managed wins.

    Kohli is the right choice, given how asked her is of a place in the side and because he's taking the fight to the opposition instead of whining. With a decent set of a fast bowler and one spinner, he could build on what Dhoni accomplished.

    Not until the BCCI prepares faster pitches at home.

  • on December 30, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Poor Decision by Indian Cricket Board

  • Cricfever_PM on December 30, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Good luck my hero!!! Indeed he is still 34 and could have played as a player for another 3 years but He didn't wait for the farewell serious but He achieved everything in the world cricket. No.1 (Test team, ODI team and T20 team) and won 50 over WC, T20 WC, Champions trophy and Test Mace for No.1 team. Dhoni is rare breed in world cricket where he doesn't need to play 100 tests or scoring 5k runs to join elite group and He is always leads the group where ever he fits. True champ and Thanks for the golden memory in white color, lets bring back the WC to home.

  • on December 30, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    One more sad news,what a Great Mr.Cool Captain of our Cricket Team,no doubt,he stands tall in the turmoil of loosing,silently,He behaved so calm without any arrogance,nor shown over confidence ,gud role model for youngsters after Our Sachin ,I refer an Incident at Chennai,before the match,previous day ,when he drove ,,as he is fond off,when his motorbike wheel ,punctured, ,pushing the same himselffor ,wearing helmet,more than 2km,outskirts,on the road,no one recognized,,when he reached the toll gate ,then only the starf recognized him,put him in a van sent him back , to his location,He was very pious,non arrogant ,cool,not expecting any VIP treatment though being Captain of India,went on to score 224 in next match,without any great Guy,What a Human,Gift! For India,We all feel very sad ,for his decision to drop himself from Test Captaincy,but wish him great success for Other formats in future,God bless,Long Live MySilent Dear,,(MSD),A. M. Srinevasan from Sanjose,California,USA,,on Tour.

  • Abbasi.RUH on December 30, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    The best that could have happened to Indian Test Cricket, has happened.

  • Bapi on December 30, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Thanks Mahendra Singh Dhoni for your cool captaincy and the 2yr for which India remain No 1 in Test cricket. We need you in shorter version. Hope this decision will prolong your international career. Because you are the best in shorter version. Team India needs your service at least for next 2/3 years. Thanks again for every thing.

  • La_Bangla on December 30, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Good decision and appreciate all his contributions. I think this is the right time to retire from T20 Internationals as well.. He should just play the ODIs...

  • pz97 on December 30, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    I certainly rate MS Dhoni above Mark Boucher because of his good batting but not as good as Adam Gilchrist because Gilchrist was much better with the bat as well as was certainly above standards when it comes to wicket keeping.. But Dhoni certainly a better captain than the rest.. In individual stats, Gilchrist was the best and when it comes to collective stats MS Dhoni was class above from the rest... Hats off Dhoni !!! Wish you a good limited overs career ahead!

  • on December 30, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    Dhoni should not have given up now. He is much better than others. He is a sober cricketer. The problem was not with his presence in the team but was with his captaincy. He should have only stepped down from captaincy. Anyhow, he has left the team to very unsafe hands.

  • on December 30, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    In another 10 matches he would have pkayed 100 tests and woukd have broken other record as well,one of the self less man who doesn't like to give pose in photo with the cup ,a man who always be calm, a man from ticket collector to best indian captain ever, way to go sir we will miss you . you are not like any other who is playing for statistics or record.

  • on December 30, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    The greatest man manager retired from test cricket. MS you had made your country proud & carried it in most dignified way. World will miss MS in whites. All the best captain-we respect you, which you deserved on the basis of your deeds.

  • on December 30, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    One of the greatest influencer's of Indian cricket has ended his test cricket. It is indeed a great decision. This itself gives an impression on what kind of cricketer he is. He is definitely honest and don't want to hang just there to fulfill his dreams or to reach 100 tests milestone.

    He even understands that Indian test cricket is going backwards with his captaincy. At present, He is burden for Indian test team as India is unable to go with 5 bowlers considering that he is not good test batsman.

    Now, India can go ahead with 5 bowler strategy having KL Rahul/Samson as his successor for wicket keeping position. They are indeed good batsman. India now needs a bowling allrounder at No. 7 position. Anyway No 8 and 9 will be with Ashwin and Bhuvaneswar.

  • on December 30, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Indeed, he still shows the world he is different. I admire that attitude. It is a very bold decision compared to all other Indian(except Dravid, Tendulkar) and world captains(except Stephen Fleming, Grame Smith). Dravid and Tendulkar left the captainship very soon after they realized they can't handle. The captainship was forcefully taken/removed from Indian captains Azhar, Ganguly and other world captains Steve Waugh, Ponting. I expected Dhoni t step down after 8-0 loss. But still it's not too late. He made it at right time, hope so. However he still remains as the best Indian test captain(excluding Ganguly overseas records). Thank you MSD.

  • on December 30, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    So MSD retires .I think that decision was coming soon .To all those calling for his head after the overseas performance and his keeping and batting there has neither been nor therevis right now a wicket keeper batsman who can honestly compete with Dhoni for a spot in India in the test XI .His departure means the highest runscorer of the team as of this test and the most exoerienced player in the squad is gone .Massive experience departure for India in the last few years .This might be the first time in almost ever where the team has no batsman with 3000 runs in the team .Some would call it a nightmare if Ishant is the most experienced player in the team but I think the new era has finally begun .Good luck to both teams. India have nothing to lose so hope they perform better .This time the bowling attack barring Ishant sometimes and even Umesh a few times really dissapointed .Smith vs Kohli would be great to watch .

  • on December 30, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    He is a silent guardian and protector of Indian Cricket, A dark knight. That transition of long black hair to short grey hair during this period speaks for himself, After all he is just 33.

  • whirlaway on December 30, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Surprising that Dhoni quit in the middle of a series and it was not due to an injury or fitness issues. Surely he deserved a proper farewell playing his final Test at the SCG. I wonder whether the canny Shastri forced Dhoni's hand to take this decision...

    Not sure if Kohli is captaincy material for the Indian team. People like Gavaskar have already expressed reservations about his picking fights with the opposition for every little reason. India is better off with an interim captain like say Ashwin for a year or two while they look for a longer term solution.

    And if rumors of the Kohli v Dhawan fight at the Gabba are true, then I predict that Dhawan will be dropped for the SCG Test. KL Rahul will be the second opener, and Raina will come in as the new number 6.

  • Vasan_lv_crkt on December 30, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Best captain in this Era

    One of the Best captain in all formats. He taken the Indian team to no.1 position in all formats. We are missing you Dhoni. At least he could have stepped down as captaincy instead of retirement.

  • on December 30, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    some say he lack innovative skills as a test captain look at the pathetic seam attack we have for all the ages we have only one reliable front line seamer what a captain can do with that bowling line up. All should remember that he bought world cup home after 28 years a dream come true for a nation in which cricket is more than a game (religion). Salute you captain

  • on December 30, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Feeling ridiculously disgusted. He deserved a better send off, Nevertheless An Enigmatic Selfless Character...Thankyou for your contributions to test Cricket, will miss you watch you bat! You could have continued as a wicketkeeper batsmen...But again time to talk about positives, Not the time to debate on his decision..Cheers Dhoni! Feeling sad as a Fan. But it's about the process Not the result and you little boy coming from the dark poor society have taught us this...

  • Nutcutlet on December 30, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    MSD has had a great Test career and can be proud of his achievements in the premier form of the game. For some time now it has been apparent that he doesn't particularly care for the punishing nature of what he once called 'Days cricket' (whether the pun with Daze was intended or not, I don't know, but you kinda know what he was getting at!). And this is the right time to give up the whites. He was always a SF cricketer first and foremost and I'm sure that he still has much to give for India in that respect. Virat Kohli is more than ready to step up and this tour of Australia has bolstered his reputation as a combative and exciting leader. He will do well and breathe new life into the Indian approach to TC. With the captaincy mantle over his shoulders I'd expect him to keep the lid firmly on his rasher side! I certainly wish him well.

  • Kashi0127 on December 30, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    There were several moments when I felt Dhoni was not a great captain, definitely not the best of wicket keepers. But his selfless decision has astounded me and am sure many followers of game. His quitting shows he is not after records nor after any great celebrity - he just needed few more tests to reach 100 tests, few more runs to reach 5000, few more catches to reach another landmark. But none of this mattered - he did not wait to be asked to leave or why he is still around unlike someone who retired recently ( supposed to be one of cricket greats). He did not wait to come back to India for a a Celebration test match. Really hats off!!

  • SpartaArmy on December 30, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Seriously? The man has more test wins than losses and yet you say he has no legacy whatsoever in tests, especially with what he had in his bowling arsenal. India never had a decent bowling combination under Dhoni's leadership, At least when Ganguly was captaining they had Anil, Harbajan and Zaheer doing okay job. He has to be defensive, if you have 4 main bowlers who can hardly bowl an over with out straying on leg side even with a 9,2 field settings - He would have no choice,let alone being aggressive. I believe, with him gone, India will fall back in to 90s mode of WK being an extended tail, unless they go for an artificial WK like RUthappa or SSamson. India is never a team for away tests, with their pathetic bowling, Dhoni did what he can do the best, Extend the game in to 3/4 days instead of losing in 2 days. The one with glasses and crazy hair- You better off giving cooking instructions.

  • on December 30, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Dhoni did a right thing by calling his retirement on his own. He truly knows how to leave the game with respect. He has always been a dignified, responsible and respected captain. Dhoni is always an average test player though his one day record is outstanding. Right call at right time in his own style...sudden and surprising

  • cric_J on December 30, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    It's been a rocky ride. A thorough grilling. But then, it always is. Being Captain of the Indian Cricket Team, it's never easy. More so, as the Test captain.

    It's not just about the teammates, but also the fans & press. It's not just winning overseas, but also at home. It's not just on field, but also off it. It's not just the pressure of performing, but also of expectations. Because, in India It's not just cricket, but also a passion. And for 6 years, he's stood strong, Not just as captain, but also as WK & Batsman.

    When you're still called "Captain Cool" after all this while, you know you've done more right than wrong. Thank you for everything, Skip. Huge doff of the cap !

  • aruntheselector on December 30, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Probably the only Indian cricketer who retired without being dropped or becoming a liability to the team.Test record as captain overseas after 2011 would remain a minus,but one needs to understand the circumstances when he took over when the seniors were in the fag end of their careers and was the only promising youngster then & already captain in ODI.Later when seniors retired,it did take time for a few youngsters to establish and MSD had to see off that face.Now that Virat has proved himself as a test player after a disastorous time in England atleast there is a choice for MSD's replacement.Leaving his captaincy record overseas one cannot forget his records as a keeper batsman which is the best by an Indian keeper-bat.HIghest runs,100s and dismissals by an indian keeper-batsman are all his.Hope he can do some magic in the World Cup and sign-off in style.He was a complete package that was a gift for Indian cricket.

  • CricketChat on December 30, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    Smart call by Dhoni. He himself would know that his test cricket captaincy was nothing to write about since 2011 WC starting with 0-8 record in Eng and Australia. He will know with the ineffective bowling unit he has now, there isn't much hope of success, especially outside of sub-continent as the results prove time and again. It's time for Kohli to age now. In my opinion, Dhoni was only as good as the team he had. Given his technique or the lack of it, he can't command a place in the side only as a wkt keeping batsman from now on. I hope Ind selectors invest in an younger keeper than Saha.

  • yogicoolboy on December 30, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    Dhoni May not be missed as captain but as a player he will be definitely be missed, especially when the team is under crics. Captain cool will be missed.

  • on December 30, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Good bye captain cool .....you have great record at home but sorry for disaster oversease performance ...now its will so tough for india under the kohili leadership bcz he is already controversial hero....well best of luck...

  • Arun_Mathew on December 30, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    salute to one of the greatest captains in world cricket.. it is not easy to captain all three formats which he started from 2008 when he become the test captain. his test captaincy may have fade away in the recent times, but it is a minor aberration to what otherwise is a great captaincy career. Every captain cannot achieve everything in world cricket. steve waugh failed to conquer India, ricky pointing has never won a test match in India as captain. Dhoni, will be remembered for his great achievements. Personally, I feel it is the right time to go. He is 33, and it will be great stress to handle three formats. By giving test cricket, he can prolong his odi and T20 career. I am sure he will do well as captain in ICC WC 2015 and World T20 2016.

  • Fan1969 on December 30, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    I cannot remember any Indian cricketer after Gavaskar who retired when people asked. "Why did he retire?" Kudos to MSD.

    While Ganguly and Kumble timed their retirement to perfection it was clear that their form was on the decline.

    Dhoni's overseas batting in England this year was superb and is the only country against whom his overseas record is better than his home record. He also saved India from defeat in his last test appearance after 5 consecutive losses at MCG.

    MSD will also be the first person who the country will miss from the next match itself as Saha tries to fill enormous void left by MSD.

    MSD has done this selfless act so that Kohli can perform without any pressure and having to look upto MSD. Thank you Dhoni for your wonderful batting lower down the order and the best glove work by an India.

    Wish you all the luck in WC 2015.

  • on December 30, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Good decision MSD. Focus on World cup 2015. test cricket is not a good option for you

  • on December 30, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    good decision but i was hoping only for captaincy change.. not retirement.. , sad his retirement went unceremoniously.. so many days its been talk for leadership skills and when results are different we are not talking about the same? the obvious problem is we missed a good opening pair and a genuine bowler like Zaheer (aging zaheer did not help from 2011 and All bigs retirement took longer than it should be and no proper replacement of those caused Dhoni untimely retirement...

  • on December 30, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. He's the hero India deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll criticise him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero anymore. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight. Take a bow MSD!

  • Big_Poppa_94 on December 30, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    No matter how poor Dhoni was as a Test captain outside the SC, no Indian fan should ever forget the 6 that brought the World Cup back where it belongs.

  • Kunphushus on December 30, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Respect for MSD - from Pakistan

  • Sehwag3rd300 on December 30, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    even though i feel dhoni could have continued as a batsman in the test side, it really matters that he continues in odis, that is where we need him the most and hopefully he continues in odis for many years.

  • anranga1 on December 30, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Wish he had done it at the beginning of the series & give the successor a full series. Whats the point in captaining for 2 matches. Must be something that happened in the match that made him take the decision.

  • on December 30, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Dhoni wasn't an innovative captain, and for that he was continually pilloried by fans and the media: unfairly, in my opinion - whenever the bowlers were good enough, his captaincy was good enough to deliver the results. What he did achieve, more importantly, was to lead India at the time when they were consolidating their position at the forefront of world cricket. His steadiness allowed the old guard to depart with dignity, and the young stars to emerge. It's the right time for him to go, and the right time for Kohli to learn from his example. And we'll still see him chasing down 15 an over in white-ball cricket with implausible windmilling swipes. An outstanding player, much admired throughout the cricketing world.

  • Nampally on December 30, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    A time comes for each individual to retire. Dhoni has timed it well. Dhoni is a great Cricketer but his background coning from a relatively unknown place for Cricket did not instil in him the Test Captaincy requirements. Kohli may not be the best Test Captain available but at least he has the intensity & winning attitude. Kholi leads by example & is amongst the top 5 best batsmen in World today. In fact I had stated that Kohli is the modern version of Bradman - albeit a short tempered version. As for Dhoni he will still be available for the shorter format where his skills will be better utilised. He is still the best "Finisher" in the World in ODI's. BCCI made a huge mistake in thrusting upon Dhoni the Captaincy mantle in all 3 formats. Each format is entirely different & requires unique skills. Test Captaincy is not easy. It is stressful & requires lot of planning & dedicated effort which BCCI grossly under estimated. A separate Captain for each format is an absolute "MUST"!

  • on December 30, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    From Long Hair man to Grey hair Man!...... What a Man :)

  • on December 30, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Should have given up test captaincy after the previous white wash down under . Probably won't be in the team as a player either by now. In tests we are not going to miss MS- Naman ojha/Samson and Saha in the immediate future should be ready to take over. Beginning of a new era.

  • spinkingKK on December 30, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Dhoni is a as greatest as you can get in ODI batting and captaincy. However, his test captaincy had a lot of question marks and his batting overseas is also not very good. It may be because of the workload. So, I believe it is a very good unselfish decision by Dhoni. In Kohli's captaincy, a new era will begin. Thanking Dhoni for all the performances he has given. Hope to see him in great form in his favorite format in the world cup.

  • SJinUS on December 30, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Retirement timing is always a tricky proposition for sportsmen who have enjoyed success in their career. Almost every cricket celebrity has gone through this in the past. Whether one should retire at his personal top form or one should retire after they have found an able successor is tricky. Some have made excellent and timely decisions and some have not. What cricket fans do not get to know about such decisions is the pressure the retiring individual goes through before making that call - personal and professional. Dhoni has been one of the most successful test captains for India and he truly managed team India through a very difficult phase. He was instrumental in taking Indian test team forward from a very successful Ganguly era to the future. More important fact is that he did this through a very busy phase of added T20 responsibilities. Have a wonderful test cricket retirement MSD. Thanks for all your contributions and nurturing Kohli to fill in your shoes.

  • AjaiT on December 30, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    All said and listened, some one please tell who will be that competent wicket keeper confident enough to take those gloves from him.

  • on December 30, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Sad day for cricket in general... Loved his calmness and his attitude towards the game.... he made sure that at the end of the day it was a game and had to be played like a game...never lost his calmness no matter what the situation was... a had to replace kind of a person and player....now Team India and all his critics will know the true worth of a great but underachieved (personal stats)....... i could see him fitting in any team in the world and in every format... very rarely you would find such great talent......Hats off to Dhoni for what he has achieved for Indian Cricket..... bringing forward great talents like Virat Kholi.. who i would say is the best batsman in the current era.....Dhoni a great ambassador for Indian cricket.

  • sherishahmir on December 30, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    V good player and a nice human being as well, serve Indian cricket with great success under his belt, as a Pakistani, I would say "hats off" to Dhoni for his remarkable and calm leadership for Indian and International cricket.

  • on December 30, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Dhonis contribution as test captain was not much impressive overseas but he was a disciplined captain. He will be remembered always for his remarakable contributions.

  • nils691 on December 30, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    India need Dhoni as a player in Test matches.India miss the services of Dhoni especially in wicketkeeping & in batting.I think Dhoni is best keeper we have ever had.

  • on December 30, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Hopefully Watson takes the idea on board and does the same.

  • Prashanth_Paul on December 30, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Dhoni has been the best thing that has happened to India in the recent years and under his leadership India has reached great heights. Guess, he retiring from tests will definitely help in focussing on One dayers and T20s, in which, without him India will look a very different side. In a way this is very good news for the other formats where Dhoni will be fresh and is not exhausted due to tests. Salute his contributions to tests!! India needs you for other formats mate....

  • guindyvarada on December 30, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    It is a sad day for Indian cricket. The cricketer who brought home all the trophies in International cricket has been forced to quit by an ungrateful country. The media has played a big part in hounding him of late. What he has done has not been equalled by any other cricketer,and can never be. The media that is asking him why did he quit in the middle of the series did not ask another cricketer EHY DOESN'T HE? ANyhow I wish Dhoni all the best in his future life. He brought to world no.1 place in tests, worldcup in one day cricket,T20 and the Champions trophy. Virat may be a good player, but he is not CAPTAIN COOL. He loses his temper esasily,lets his emptions immediately show up on his face and he is sure to bring in lots of controversies. Mr. Dhoni will have a peace of mind now, and we salute you Mr.Cool. Indian cricket owes him a lot and has no right to question his decision

  • black_bird on December 30, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Now indian fans will understand how priceless dhoni was. It is a shame so many fans called for his head. He gave you everything, again everything. World cups, test rank #1, T20 #1. Countless series wins at home and abroad. They almost won the test series at south africa under him. He is the best cricketer alive at the moment. And the best wicketkeeper ever.

  • smilesankar on December 30, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    MSD retires from Test Cricket 6 short of 100 dismissals, 12 short of 50 dismissals 124 short of 5000 runs, 4 short of 10 hundreds, 1.91 short of 40 average 6 short of 150 innings, 10 short of 100 Matches But looking great to win yet another ODI World Cup !!

  • venkatasiva999 on December 30, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Dhoni is number one always... Not sure who can fulfill his role as a WK and batsman. Hats off to Dhoni and its a gr8 decision from his end...

  • on December 30, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    This episode will create more fuss for india in World cup

  • CricketMakdi on December 30, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    For Indian Cricket this is good. BCCI should have different captains for each format I think.

  • on December 30, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    He was a Game changer ! Respect his attitude onfield

  • nicktheump on December 30, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Wish Watson and Haddin would retire...

  • roversgate on December 30, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Dhoni has said it time and time again that he wants to decrease his workload and play fewer matches every year. I think in the last 2 years, he has switched off as a test player and the only thing that was keeping him going was personal records.

    This is definitely a good thing and while I am not sure if Kohli has the patience for long term test captaincy, it will definitely make the game a lot more interesting to watch. I am already more excited about the 4th match than I was for any other in this series.

  • on December 30, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Indian test team still needs MS Dhoni, the wicket keeper batsman. Sri Lanka have Sanga, New Zealand has McCullum, India no longer has a keeper who can Bat well at test level. We never had one until MS Dhoni came to the scene. I am not sure we have a chance to win any tests for next 5 years forget the wins in the sub continent.

  • parvinder7 on December 30, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    we dont want you to retire but give up the captaincy. Why dont you understand its your captaincy that has flopped and your decisions. I would rather you earnt your place. But now you have retired what a waste of a career. Your mind has definately flopped.

  • smilesankar on December 30, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    MSD, the CAPTAIN COOL retired from Test Cricket in a COOL way that none could have ever imagined. He showed his unique style (like his batting, keeping, captaincy) at his retirement too.. Your decision and the timing of Test retirement is highly respected, and you are undoubtedly the greatest Indian captain who have done the best for India always. MSD will be missed MADLY by all cricketing brains !! Your Test retirement brought us much eagerness to see you soon at the upcoming ODI series & World Cup. Wishing you great success at the World Cup 2015 !!

  • bGopinathanB.E on December 30, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Thanks MSD for all your efforts. It will be very hard to replace him in terms of wicket keeper. A great day to retire too, India have drawn the test match with his contribution of 24 runs as well as picked 9 dismissals the best ever by an indian wicket keeper in a single test match, as of now with the current bowling attack a win in oversea test looks too far away. His personal records of 294 dismissal at average is 1.77 per match is the best by any indian wicket keeper and tops the current wicket keeper list too. All the best MSD, we will miss you....

  • on December 30, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    dhoni... luv u sooo much... been an ardent fan of urs since childhood....u r soo cool... u r the best captain india has evr had... u have the best record...

  • on December 30, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    India will never produce Wicket keeper batsman and captain as well like MSD. He is a living legend. He is the only one to reached the number ONE position in test ranking.

  • on December 30, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Dhoni, undoubtedly, has been and still is the best captain and finisher for the shorter formats. The manner in which he conducts himself is unbelievably gentlemanly for someone from the cricketing boondocks. Many a brash spoiled city-brats can learn a lesson or two watching him as a person.

    Human mind really behaves strangely. You ask for something. And, when you finally get it, you feel sad and miserable. I have been among those who had expressed the view that he should retire from the test format. But the context and manner in which has come about smacks more of BCCI than Dhoni. Experiencing the mysterious ways of the Board and its lackeys, the real trigger for such unimportant decision in the middle of the test series will remain a mystery.

    MSD deserved a a far more dignified send-off from Test Cricket. Truly upset about that.

  • on December 30, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    He is number one as a captain. No doubt at all.... He was succeed in all formats of cricket. He has a taken right decision in right timing. Time to congratulate him. All d best.

  • AvidCricFan on December 30, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Applaud Dhoni for this decision. This decision was due. He has been having poor overseas record since 2011. Saha will be the WK in the next test but Naman Oza needs a serious look at. K Rahul did not impress at all. His head is messed up and need more time to mature before he is considered again.

  • himsez on December 30, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Thank God! Finally! Sorry to say but we have seen too many white washes - Good

  • on December 30, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    MSD is a legend but his time is up. India need to drop Dhawan and replace him with Rohit, drop Rahul and replace him with Raina for the Sydney test. They still need to make up their minds as to who can team up with Ashwin as a spinner and drop one of the quicks. MSD thank you for the great entertainment you have provided and good luck with the shorter forms where you will be an absolute star. Folks - what a show from Kholi and Rahane !!! Bamboozling stuff. Murali - bad decision from the umpire but your technique and class came through.

    All in all Shadtri is right - in 18 months India will kick a few but ts.

  • HillaryPaul on December 30, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Dhoni is my hero for many reason, As a business man watched him the leadership quality under pressure, perform as a team player, unselfish character to promote youngsters, with an smile even after defeated, had commanding role with in and outside field, the coolest person under crucial games.The most of the training given to various employees as trainee at MNC ex were given stating Indian Cricket captain the way he excels. No doubt he is the best captain even now.The opponent always feared his role under lower order because he would carry over the opportunity.He played as true Indian.Wish him all the best for his future assignments.

  • on December 30, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    I think he was a great captain for india such a long period......he is always cool under pressure......india won so many competitions under him....wish him all da best

  • amuni12 on December 30, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    One of the matured captains of today's cricket. Very political in expressing his opinions. One of his earlier press conferences hinted the problems within the team; Kholi/Dahwan issue. I think he is tired of dealing with these kind of issues within the team. My hint would be these are the kind of problems that must have led his retirement in the middle of a series. We will miss him. Hats off from a SL fan.

  • on December 30, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Very good captain of all time. and best Indian captain

  • on December 30, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    i hope indian fans got wt they wanted.lol.no gratitude at all for a man who has done wanders for ya country. onething tht separates rest of the cricting world from is the indiams is gratitude .during good tyms as well as during harsh times others will b backing their teams,indians can only stomach the good tyms. sad but the bitter truth

  • Valluva Akash on December 30, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    For all that he has done to The (Indian) Cricket, he deserves a Salutation. We Love You Dhoni and respect you! Let the whole of India cheer and stand for you, for you showed that you never care for records(5000 test runs-4876 runs,300 dismissals-294 dismissals) but what they are in your feet-The Highest runs in test cricket for India as a captain that You created today unknowingly, I believe.We would all feel Glad even more, if you have given us the chance of watching you play your final test as it should be and sending you in the note you deserve.Bit disappointed in that way-But still, We love you- THE CAPTAIN WHO MADE INDIA- NO.1. TEST TEAM.Happy that we could watch you in colours- The pride of the nation.

  • go_get_it on December 30, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    It is a right decision from MS and now I hope india will given a chance to remaining players who haven't played yet and we need at least 2 spinners on SCG's turning track. My playing 11 for SCG is 1. Murli Vijay 2. A.Rahne 3. C.Pujara 4. V.Kohli 5. S Raina 6. Naman Ojha 7. Axar Patel 8. R. Ashwin 9.B.Kumar 10. D.Kulkarni 11. I.Sharma......................

  • on December 30, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    For Dhoni critics, you need not respect him for winning all formats of world cup or taking india No - 01 in all formats of cricket, but the one reason the way and the manner in which he has decided to quit test cricket.

  • babusathishs on December 30, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    As a MSD's admirer I feel he has taken a correct decision, he hasn't done well as a test captain overseas. He was not aggressive enough and should not have persisted with this bowling unit. He would have been possibly the busiest cricketer in last 5-6 years captaining all formats and also IPL, CL T20. Hopefully this decision helps him to perform well in shorter formats and I believe he will continue till next world cup and retire as the greatest captain ever in the shorter formats.

  • Smithie on December 30, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    MHD and SRT gone - now BCCI how about DRS?

  • on December 30, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Mentally very strong character ..still India's best keeper batsman ....reason behind his poor test form is his average defensive play..he was good during 06-07 with bat away also in test because he used to play like dasher..70 ball 80 type of innings.. Because recently he was trying to play like proper batsman which is not his style..still remember his counter attacking inning in eng 07,sa2010,India last year..his change of style brought his downfall.. At this moment ROBIN UTHAPPA version 2 is the only genuine replacement for msd and dhawan who is useless and should be dropped from WC also..uthappa can open two slot if he plays as opening batsman+keeper or in the middle order..India can actually play with 5 bowlers..he is average keeper but can improve and he is very hard working cricketer..

  • on December 30, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    What more can one expect from a cricketing legend - In all the highest formats of the game, you led India to the highest honours. None can match your temperament, your unconventional approach to captaincy, your unconventional batting technique, your body language, your off the field and on the field persona...You have ruled the game and You have ruled our hearts. Wish you all the best MSD!!

  • on December 30, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Dhoni made a good decision but at a critical time. Now the team has no real w/k batsman. Saha is not good with bat while L.Rahul is not mature enough. So now Kohli will be pressed for selection

  • salil247 on December 30, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Dhoni is a dignified, humble human being, and a true statesman. His record as Indian Test captain overseas can never be the measure of him simply because there were too many variables involved. He had a presence on the field that I'm afraid no one will be able to match. I hope he plays ODIs for as long as he can, enjoying being the firework that he is. There will never be another like him. "If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives." - Robert South. Thank you MSD.

  • NagaNareshP on December 30, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    India definitely one of the great captains that captained in India. And it is an awesome and bold decision. However, i would have liked to see him continuing test cricket as wicket keeper/batsman. And India does miss his maturity, for ex, first test would have definitely drawn if Dhoni was there in first test instead of Saha (nothing against Saha and he definitely gets better - but the test would have easily drawn if Dhoni was there).

  • ImpartialCricketFan on December 30, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    This is good for Indian cricket. In the New Zeland, England and part of the Australian tour, India lost or gave away the test from winning position. Dhoni's captaincy in these series has been uninspiring, sometimes very suspect and bowling changes questionable. India may now win the Sydney test with a positive mindset. In the Sydney test, Raina, Saha, and Bhubi should come in place of Rahul, Dhoni and Umesh. Also, Isanth should improve his batting skill. In these days and age, it is ridiculous to have bowlers not capable of adding 15-20 runs at the least.

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on December 30, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Timely decision... He would have retired earlier, but did not for the lack of a captaincy alternative... Kohli was awful in England; would have been a bad decision to give him captaincy then... Now that he is back to form, MSD probably decided it was time to go... Would have liked him to play at Sydney before announcing this though

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Thanks a lot and salutes to the Captain Cool MSD who is the most successful Captain of India ahead of Patuadi, ganguly, azaruddin etc. You have brought lots of laurels to India and contributed greatly as captain and wicketkeeper Batsman . Besides by this unselfish decision to retire from test cricket though still competitive proves you are really great and u are thinking of Indian team moving forward unlike people like ganguly who played many cricket series as an extra luggage and retired only when others pressurized ... You will be remembered forever as the coolest and unselfish captain of India..

  • Yog on December 30, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Great decision by Dhoni.... He has passed the captaincy baton to Viral kohli @ right time... Time has come to groom next Wicketkeeper Batsman.... Surely Shikar Dhavan has to go now... Which will open doors for an opener and a wicketkeeper... K.L.Rahul is a good option for both opening and keeping as also is Dinesh Karthik... Respect Dhoni for his decision.... All the best for Worldcup...

  • Coolcapricorn on December 30, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Sad but the correct decision in the best interests of Indian cricket. Full respect to the guy for putting this ahead of his own personal interests & not simply clinging on to his Test career in chasing personal milestones such as 100 caps, 5000 runs etc. The fact he also left on his own terms without much fuss or fanfare shows what a team player he is. Hopefully still has a lot to to offer India in the shorter formats of the game where he is King!

  • amitgarg78 on December 30, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    I think both Kohli and Saha are ready to take over as the test skipper and keeper roles, so not a bad timing. The test side doesn't weaken significantly by this change. Saha adds more value as a keeper and we may see a different, more aggressive approach to the game with VK in charge. While MSD continues to be the best ODI keeper + batsman + skipper for India, the test side could definitely benefit and improve as a result. So, well done MSD. Congratulations on completion of a good (even if not quite spectacular) test career. May this extend your career in shorter formats and revitalize your game. Opponents beware!

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Right decision had taken by dhoni but it was better it would have taken retirement after series. We should respect his decision. He is a good leader and teamman. Best wishes to wc 2015 captaincy.

  • cric_surgeon on December 30, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    Retirement from any career is painful but glorious in terms of deliverance. While retirements of players from other cricket playing nations are well made and well received. But why here in India this should be mysterious. Look back at the retirements of earlier captains. Some retired in disgrace. Some relinquished. None during a series or before the end of series. Comparatively he still has some good captaincy talents, still remember short balls technique and winning the test match in England. But why this way. If he had this intention he would have said during the press conference. I still cannot believe myself this could happen in the way it happened. He deserved standing ovation and full honors. Anyway, I can only praise him for whatever he did. He lead by himself wherever one can see. Discipline, gentleness, composure, leadership, honor, team spirit, simplicity, and what not. Hats off Boss. See you bang-bang in other formats. A big 'Thank You' MSD.

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    A man who got Indian cricket to a different altitude... You will be missed with the white Jersey...

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Now, i think Ishant should be made India's test captain coz he is a regular member of playing eleven and seen him play every match without getting dropped, still baffles me . I am saying this with due respect to his great bowling average of around 38 after 62 tests . I don't think any other team apart from India will carry d burden of a bowler who possess such a pathetic record .

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    I have no dispute with his decision, but find it wierd that BCCI have made the announcement, effective immediately in the middle of a test series where with his consent, he was given the captainship. Maybe there is more to the decision than BCCI will ever tell the world.

  • legfinedeep on December 30, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Frankly, I would mourn the loss of Sehwag more than Dhoni, since Dhoni had a large hand in preventing us from ever seeing Sehwag (one of my favorite players) bat again.

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    He plays like World Champion in limited overs cricket. He keeps, bats and leads team well. But in Away tests, his team along with his performances deteriorates like Zimbabwe these days. He took an honest decision for greater good of Indian cricket. He must have felt emotionally insulting. I remember when he said I have stopped enjoying cricket when England whitewashed India.

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    What can dhoni do when sachin,dravid,laxman,sehwag failed miserably and say less about out bowlers

  • ramli on December 30, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    MSD will be missed as a WK-batsman ... for sure ... as he is the best India had till date ... his test captaincy could have been more innovative ... but that is past now ... let us thank him for all his deeds that bore fruit to India in tests ...

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    . He took over when the team spirit was pretty low. He managed to keep the team afloat well. Took the team to great hights---Winning T20 world, World Cup, n also keeping team India no 1 in test crik for long. Yes last 2-3 overseas tour results have not been that good, but then is he alone to be blamed. No NEVER. He is a gr8 player n his contribution to Indian cricket cant be forgotten. Also it sounds fishy that on a spur of moment he has resigned, there seems to be some inner politics also. Else--mid wad of an over seas tour, not even notice of a day forget Match----so that all players n spectators could have given him a Well deserved farewell---he has resigned

  • RohanMarkJay on December 30, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    The last 10 years since MS Dhoni walked into the Indian team has been the most successful Indian cricket has probably ever had. Also in his time Indian cricket became the biggest money spinner in the game. Introduction of the IPL. Winning the major prize in every format of cricket. Being no.1 in tests for 18 months and winning the world cup at home which they failed to do in 1987 and 1996. He seems to have achieved every indian cricket fans dream. He seems to have been the lucky charm of indian cricket. Also not to mention being one of the highest paid athletes in the world in the process. No mean feat. Since the early 1990s, indian cricket has risen to become the centre of the cricketing universe. As India as a country and its cricket have risen to the top table. As such it is only fitting, along with Sachin Tendulkar. MS Dhoni is the poster boy of Modern India.

  • sachin_vvsfan on December 30, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    I think his timing isn't right. Could have retied after Sydney game because he is a better player of spin and our lower order is already inexperienced. Don't believe in Saha. Nevertheless one of our Indian greats and i wish him all the best (hope to see India do well in WC under his leadership) I also hope BCCI will consider DRS in future.

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Sad to know MSD quitting test cricket. Managed the team with limited resources esp. bowling department. Maintained his dignity and calm demeanor under pressure despite being hounded day & night by jealous ex-cricketers, commentators, out of form cricketers and media. Now all these jealous people can be at peace. Thank you MSD for all the great memories and winning almost all possible trophies during your tenure as India cricket captain. As 'captain cool' retires, 'captain hot' takes over. All the best Virat Kohli !!!

  • smilesankar on December 30, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    MSD, the greatest cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar !! MSD, India's best captain and one of the finest leader of the game !! MSD, CAPTAIN COOL who inspired millions of people and has the respect of all other playing nations & cricketers !!

  • Mavzz on December 30, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Such thankless Indian Fans! Really shocking to see Indian fans are happy for such a legend to retire like this. Kohli can be a great batsman but a sore loser and a very poor leader. It is not aussie heat or poor team selection but unrealistic expectation of billion fans which led him to retire. If India had 5 bowlers they would still have 5 mediocre bowlers going in a test match. MSD you are a true legend!

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    No Dhoni it was not correct time to leave.... It was a hard time for team and we really needed you at this time... You are a true leader who has leaded a team in most of the time in such conditions where no hope rest with the team..

    Once again it is really hard time for our team.. And we are really happy with your decision you have made making every person unexpected regarding the future. However whatever you have decided is for good fate of team..

    Wish u very best for your upcoming future...

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    the only player in indian side dueto which i watch indian matches will miss him, respect from pakistan

  • ShanNachimuthu on December 30, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    While I was seeing the way he got out in the first innings of 3rd test match my immediate thought was 'MSD, Please go from test arena. You do not belong here'. I think he was made to hold on with test captaincy by BCCI. Anyway, He did it at right time so that he can focus a lot on limited overs. He did his best and still he is the one of greatest test captain India ever produced. He made this Indian team with mediocre bowling and fielding abilities to achieve No 1 test status for while, which was tremendous. Thanks MSD for your service in Test arena and good luck for the future.

  • Ambaarr on December 30, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Good decision by MS as it was taking a toll on his fitness. Being a wicketkeeper in all formats is indeed a tough job compared to any other duty while fielding. On top of that expectations from him as a batsman and captain must have felt like a huge mountain on his shoulders. We want to see more of Dhoni and this move will definitely help that cause. Thanks for your great innings in Test cricket MS. Hope better sense will prevail on the so called "purists" and this senseless five day circus called test cricket gets its long overdue burial.

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    I don't really think that his retirement anyways affect Indian test squad. In fact it was a great decision from him if not so late. But, we want him to lead the ODI side for at least more one year before it should also be passed on to Kohli.

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Gr8 news to end 2014... This has been long overdue.. India will finally have a chance to win overseas test matches.. Although i feel that he gets some required experience to the side.. But anyway he wasn't playing to his status (most experienced player in the side).. Numbers too say so.. Thats a +ve sign.. Bhuvi might also return for the Sydney Test, getting some much required discipline to India's bowling attack..

    Shikhar Dhawan must be removed from the eleven ASAP, he just doesn't hv the technique to open for India in overseas conditions especially against the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris.. I feel Raina should be brought in to the 11, he'll bring some more 'positive mindset' apart from his electrifying fielding and constant encouragement of his teammates, surely he can't do any worse than RSharma and MSD..

  • LogieB on December 30, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Good Decision..Technically he is not a good batsman to be played at test level. Wonder somehow he managed to play 90 tests. Captain should lead the team by good knocks. Even this series, a good 60-70 runs contribution in each of the test match would have had a different result. While we all blame at bowlers not picking 20 wickets, apart from 2-3 batsman no significant contribution from others, especially captain's knock which was disappointing. I would say your contribution to Indian test cricket is average. You are captain cool in shorter formats though, that can't be replaced just like that....

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Dhoni as a test captain might not be great but lot of it because of poor bowling unit that he had. Time for him to move on. Nice and bold decision at right time when Kohli is looking good. Respect his contribution to indian team!! Well played.

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    MSD, Please retire from ODI too before world cup.You are useless on foreign soils.

  • Alexk400 on December 30, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    His contribution to indian cricket is tremendous. Everyone admire him because the way he conduct himself. Say always right thing. Great ODI player probably greatest indian ODI player. Poor Test player though. His weakness exposed against offstump fast ball. if opposition team had a bowler who can bowl fast ball offstump ., he is a sitting duck in overseas pitches. he should have retired after 2011 test series and saved us from more losses. Its impossible task to come from small city and lead india , that too made every one awe of him. India will miss his AURA!.

  • on December 30, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    here is another cricketer who has given retirement after loosing form. i think he will be one of our legends who has retired from cricket when he is out of form. he has to take the decision at last year only as his failures costing heavily in test cricket. so i think rahane should captain india instead of kohli who is immatured.

  • itisme on December 30, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Thank you MSD. But it was long overdue. You were not made for test cricket. But nevertheless you played some very good innings on few occasions. You are more suited to slam-bang type of cricket and should continue to play that type of cricket for some more time. Now Virat should be given a free reign. He is young and has the 'thing' in him to take India to new heights in all formats of the game. Good luck Virat, but I would like your on-field behaviour to be a little bit Indianish rather than Australianish.

  • golgoal on December 30, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    I am at complete loss for words. I feel like someone just died. Don't know what to say, except 'Thanks for everything Mahi'. I think the whole of India will be sad for at least a day :-(

  • suraj_indian_121 on December 30, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Dhoni Final Test World Records :

    10018 Runs scored by Dhoni in international cricket as captain of India, making him the first Indian to make 10000-plus runs when captaining the side. The other captains to score 10000-plus international runs are Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith, Stephen Fleming and Allan Border.

    Dhoni broke the world record for most number of stumpings in international cricket after he effected his 134th dismissal on Day 2 of the third cricket Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday

    Dhoni currently ranks No. 1 in the all-time dismissals list by Indian wicket-keepers

    Most dismissals by wicket keeper

    Dhoni became highest test runs getter by an indian captain with today unbeaten match saving knock in his final test

    As a wicketkeeper, he effected 294 dismissals, the fifth highest in Test cricket.

    Overall Test Records:

    India Became number 1 ranking in Test cricket for the first time in history under Dhoni

  • Srinik_Cricket on December 30, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Hats off the Great Captain. He may not be technically correct batsmen or great batsmen, but surely one of the best wicketkeeper Batsman India got. To me one of the Best Captains. It is difficult to find a good captain/leader for Indian Cricket in particular considering various states, language and the diversity India has. We can find a good Batsman and Bowler but not a good leader, I am very sure Indian team had least politics during his captaincy. Not to forget he captained Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid, Shewag, Laxman it need some special skill and patience.. All the Best for WC.

  • icrajmohan on December 30, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    dhoni my dream player. we miss you very much in test cricket. it,s good time to leave.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 30, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Good news for Indian cricket - Bad news for Ashwin !!!

  • yogicoolboy on December 30, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    will miss u mahi. All the best. Could have waited till the world cup before making the decision

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Captain should lead the side with his performance in on field ,At last Dhoni realized his performance is not great in test to be the commander of the army,It is good decition ,it will help Indian cricket a lot,now it is the time to give chances to Sanju Samson,

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    The boy from a small town who reached the pinnacle did not have the same zeal once he reached the top and it was very evident in the last 3 -4 years.. MSD unlike Dada cannot name a single player he mentored and made them into a world class performers.. Dada made Yuvraj, Harbhajan, Viru and Zaheer. While Dhoni may have won an the tournaments he leaves a bad legacy of not able to make one player in the same league as Dada.. He backed players like Raina and Jadeja!! Dhoni was a very good T20 and to a certain extent ODI captain and the advent of IPL just killed Dhoni's passion and in the advent of IPL, we lost the Dhoni who came from a small town and reached the pinnacle.. Good luck and thank you MSD.. Time for you to move on.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    good decision msd u will always remembered.....thanx for the acheivements u bought to us...

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Great MSD... and Thanks for transforming Indian cricket to the new level. Lots of mixed responses on his retirement, but let us all wish him a happy time ahead in this hard situation and wish success in his other assignments.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    loving it ! Arrogant cricketer leaves test cricket. Hope to see leaving odi and t20i

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    This was on the cards as Harsha Bhogle would say. The best Test Captain + Wicket Keeper Batsmen India has ever produced. It would be SO tough to replace him.

  • teju666 on December 30, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    Good riddance. One player who should have never played test cricket. But not sure, if Virat is ready for the role. He needs to learn to control himself when representing India.

  • aby_97 on December 30, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Don't tell me DHoni was not a good WKB.India were looking for a good wicket keeping batsman from early 2000's.Parthiv, DK, everyone failed.Dhoni has been consistent given his limited technical abilities.He has an average of 40, The best average among the current lot of Wicket keepers.Better than McCullum, Watling, Haddin, Mark Boucher, etc.Salute to the great man for his selflessness to Retire 10 matches before completing 100 Tests or 124 runs behind in order to complete 5000 test runs.He should have at least had a guard of honour for his contribution as a Captain to Indian Cricket.

  • testmatchonly on December 30, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    MSD had to put up with one of the worst bowling units in the history of Indian Test Cricket. There was not a single legend to back the bowling department which is supposed to take 20 wickets. To achieve whatever he achieved with these spineless bowlers is a huge testament to this man's abilities. Will miss you BOSS.

  • Chandrurec5 on December 30, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Great captain who inherited a team at No2 and carried the momentum of the predecessors to go to No1. and then left it at No7.

  • venkateswarlu84 on December 30, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    @yoohoo - you will now realise after a few matches how good this decision is been .. mark my words .. good days for indian cricket .. he is nothing in test cricket .. once he is out of cricket then the best India will have

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    While appreciating his decision, I would like to mention about all the painful losses that India should forget. He was the one at receiving end most of the times, however, its more of failure of bowling. Now, he is leaving the team when team is looking good and ready for any overseas tour.

  • usernames on December 30, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    I was 9 when I saw a little corner in our daily newspaper mention that somebody -- a wicketkeeper -- from our state was doing well for India 'A'. At the time when our wicketkeepers struggled to score 30, and there being absolutely no role models from our area, I was excited as anything.

    I distinctly remember watching all the innings he's played right up to the 183*. That was huge; Parthiv's highest score till that point used to be, if I'm not wrong, 27. Finding a good wicketkeeper bat and a couple of openers was our biggest concern.

    Then, he arrived on the scene. And how! The 148, 183, the innings against Pakistan... and everything from there. Absolute, absolute legend. More so when you consider he has captained AND kept wickets for India. Many of us have -- rightly and wrongly -- criticized his captaincy and batting overseas. Today, let's step away from that and acknowledge the best captain AND wicketkeeper that Indian cricket has produced. Ever. Thank you, Dhoni

  • sumgad on December 30, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    For me, in spite of his achievements, he will always be a mediocre test captain. He never had the intensity to control a test match over a long time and as a batsman lacked the ability to handle off stump fast balls on overseas wickets. More than anything, I blame him for not letting India play with DRS. That was very selfish of him and Tedulkar. They failed to understand that the Indian public wanted DRS to be used in all games just as other International teams have been playing with it.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    You are best captain for India in all formats

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Goodbye Dhoni and good riddance. At least now India will have a proper Test captain in Virat who is aggressive, confident and won't shy away from a win.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    dhoni he is a great captain of all time in cricket history after his retirement india will be in big trouble in test cricket he will take his luck with him! kholi is a good player not a captain

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Dhoni is one who can bat with anyone. He is the best to bat with tailenders

  • mudd on December 30, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Well...as everyone says the decision was long pending... but need to wait & watch how the young Indian team handles this given one more test remaining and team heading for major tournament ahead ... would prefer Naman Ojha / Uttappa over Saha to strenghten batting.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Mr.Ms dhoni.. the best captain for India forever.. Aggressive cannot win matches.. Need to be calm and composed like you.. I admired your captainancy and wicket keeping skills.. Hats off to you.. Respect your timely decision ... U need rest now.. To conquer WC 2015 ... All the best for your career..

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Thanks Mahi for wonderful contribution to Indian team as captain. still we need him as player in team BCCI should think of his deccison

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Although it is a timely decision, he should have waited till world cup.His cool temperament and smiling appearance won the admiration of cricket lovers. Any how it takes some more time to find a balanced Indian squad.The Indian cricket team is in a transitory state

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    It was shocking!!India will never get a captain like Dhoni..! AS COOL Headed Captain!..Years or decades..wont make kholi..~like Dhoni.! For indian cricket, his decision is right at this time.! But Kholi was not the right choice to hand over!..He have good caliber to captain indian team..he is an excellent batsman too..!! but his behaviour and talks in the field..depressive face shows in the field for opposition 4's and 6's...!..are not good at this moment! It should have handed over to some experienced player with cool headed and let him as vice captain..! he need to gain more exp to show more maturity on the field.!! any way..Salute to Dhoni...!~Lets see the outcome of it~!~

  • Mervo on December 30, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    A calm, decent man who always did his best. He was well respected. Kohl will be a disaster as captain and his immature ego will lead to a major on-field problem in the near future. From Dhoni's coolness to Kholi's recklessness would be too much.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Good news for indian cricket. It is right time for his retirement. Wriddhiman Saha should get the opportunity to become the regular member of the test team.

  • Aaryabhatta on December 30, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Great sever for cricket..luv him

  • drrvignesh on December 30, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    I have been watching Dhoni from my 10th std.I find that he has mostly made the right decisions and his retirement is one of those decisions.I remember him saying that whoever is the right person for the job should be given it when asked about captaincy.I will just miss him playing Test cricket.

  • bijendrasinha on December 30, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    won't say surprising... indeed a good decision. knowing he is a calm head he would have given a thought of it much early. It may have been after this series, but as the series is already decided here on 5th day he chose to hang his bat. a great captain. yes, he was not taking those important tactical decisions in recent years which were proving a bit downwards for Indian team and he made it right this time..much like his #HelicoptorShot Respect will always be high for him. #DhoniRetires #RespectTheCaptain Thank You #CaptainCool and All the best for #SavetheWorldCupCompaign

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Thanks Dhoni for retiring from Tests, you were never made for it. Thanks again from saving India from many more blushes. Your contribution of Draws/Defeats in overseas series will always be remembered as a captain and batsmen.

    You are best suited for bang bang cricket. Good luck for that.

  • Kishoresagar on December 30, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Take bow to this great man, Dhoni is a charasmatic player and leader. Felt he achieved a lot in his illustorious career. Just imagine man management of Fab Four... he came out in flying colors. Wish he get the World Cup 2015 also to end his ODI Career. Congrats to Kohli

  • sshadab on December 30, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    He epitomizes a famous quote "Always be a first hand version of yourself, rather than a second hand version of somebody else". You were a one of a kind MS Dhoni and that's what made you special. Your calm demeanor and imperious ability with the bat will ensure that we are going to get our hands around the WC this time as well.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    ‎Dhoni‬ did it again. India's best captain ever (by numbers, stats, achievements, impact, and everything) got the timing perfect. Wish the best in rest of the stellar limited over career. ‪

  • BUCG on December 30, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    I'm the happiest man on the planet right now! Very LATE decision. He should have quit in 2005 only!

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Hats off to M S D for your excellent decision to quit Test Cricket at right time in Australia. You have already taken India to a pride position in the Cricket World. Your contribution will be always remembered and respected.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Will not feel comfortable when it will 5 down for India bcz u'll be not there, will miss u champ #MSD

  • born2bewinner on December 30, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Respect to MSD. Definitely MY HERO. May God Bless!

  • menakutti on December 30, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Waiting for this decision for long time. Good news for India test cricket. He has not scored enough runs to secure his place in test cricket as a player nor the captain. Saha might be a better batsman than Dhoni in test cricket. All the best for Kohli and the team for Sydney test.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Agreed, that his performance with the bat overseas has been poor but we certainly do not have any replacements. Who will keep the wickets? Saha, Naman Ojha?? Can they bat any better than Dhoni? I don't think so! Utmost respect for MSD though. The man who gave a walk of honor to Sachin on his last test and allowed Ganguly to captain for the last one hour in his farewell test doesn't expect such favors in return. A humble man!!

  • murli13 on December 30, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    It is the right decision at the right time. . Thankfully BCCI need not organise a Test series with West Indies/Bangladesh to enable him retire in glory! We will appreciate and realise his value more when we see Kholi's capitancy

  • y4yoga on December 30, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Virat is a great Batsmen, he did played well so far in 3 matches after disastrous England series, but I can't imagine him as an Indian Captain. He seems to be like childish, reacting to sledging and doing over talking in press conference about other players. still needs to mature to become a captain. India will suffer If he didn't mature enough to become a captain. Need to find alternatives

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Good decision. MSD was fabulous before the 2011 WC but ever since India has been going downhill. Somehow the 2011 WC win also coincided with the CSK and IPL surge - thus the zest for tests was missing. First the seniors were blamed - but it has been 4 years and losses in Eng, Aus, NZ, and SA have been hurting. That too 0-4, 05, etc. His tactics and choice of players were questionable. Aswin, jadeja, Rohit, shikar, and even Pujara have not been contributing at all away from home. The bowlers have been inconsistent. Ishant or Aaron have not been doing much. When Ganguly was capt india had clear plans - with shewag opening, a leftie at 6, sachin and ganguly to bowl a bit. He made good use of the great batting and limited bowling skills. Plus no allrounder was groomed. Shewag, Yuvi, gambhir, zaheer, nehra, harbajan were all axed. uthappa, Irfan, etc were never given enough chances. Hope this brings back the golden age of Ind cricket back - 2001-2011

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Very much disappointed MSD.. We Respect your decision.. We are going to misss uuuuuu a lot....

  • _PrashantSingh on December 30, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    We should say big Thanks to him for his contribution for Indian Cricket. He was different and still hold the record of most successful captain of India. All the best to him

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    All the best for your future endeavors Dhoni! Late realisation meant late retirement. Ganguly was better anytime.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    The person I, a Pakistani fan, loved in Indian cricket. If there was anyone who could lead India's team without a bowling attack, it was him. Not sure of Kohli though...

  • RajeevSivan on December 30, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    We are really missing you CAPTAIN COOL... It is never easy to find an excellent wicket keeping batsman like MSD. Will see, how team INDIA playing with aggressive captaincy.

  • 619decepticon on December 30, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    india will surely miss the ever cool behaviour of MSd in the dressing room, especialy under virat..virat needs to understand that we need an agressive captain in tests, agressive not in behaviour but in decision making..now there is no senior player in the team, so kohli can take his own decisions without any hiccup, but this thing can go both ways, if he goes wrong there wud be no voice in the team that would dare go against him and risk his position in the team..if this happens then we all wud regret him being handed over the captainship...i just fear one thing, under kohli's captaincy, the dressing room atmosphere shudnt become like what it was under Gragg Chappel..That would be totally disastrous..Virat kindly understand the seriousness of directing your anger towards the opposition and not ur own team mates..Please...

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Great Decision, I am a big fan of him and always will be. He will be missed :)

  • TheOnlyEmperor on December 30, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    With Dhoni's retirement the choice of the Test captainship falls on Kohl. IMO, Kohli is still immature and lacks game strategy. As a captain, he cannot get out at inopportune and crucial moments like getting out in the last over of the day ( has happened twice in this Aus tour) or set a bad example when it comes to taking catches! Kohli SHOULD HAVE ASKED SHAMMI to play out the 15 overs in the 1st Test, when he got out, rather than "go for it"! Losing the FIRST Match of the Series, put India in the backfoot for the ENTIRE series and demotivated everybody! India needs a strong wicket-keeper batsman with international exposure and the guy for the job is Dinesh Karthik - a good wicket keeper and batsman. Frankly Saha's lack of understanding of the match situation and swinging his bat in the 1st Test which resulted in India losing the match - is unpardonable!

  • sivakasibala on December 30, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    It is not good to bow out this way. He should have completed the current assignment and then hang down his shoes.

  • Pallab2002 on December 30, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Right decision at the right time. The team needs some one who is respected for his skill and is also young. I hope Kohli chooses the team correctly hereafter. At least 35% of our losses are due to incorrect team selection.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    If Dhoni was someone like who-goes-after-statistics, he would have played 10 more test matches to play 100 tests, would have scored 124 more runs to score 5000 runs, would have made 6 more dismissals to have 300 dismissals. He did not do all this because he is Dhoni! Well done MS, proud of you! Shyam

  • DINESHCC on December 30, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Posted by Ishan Soni on (December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT): You don't like wicket keepers. How can you play the 4th test without a keeper?

  • yadabhi7 on December 30, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    We will miss u... Best captain ever India has produced, under whose leadership India became the No. 1 team in the test rankings

    Abhishek Yadav

  • hayagriva on December 30, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    When Anil Kumble left MSD the captaincy, there was still Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Sehwag and Laxman to hold the batting steady... And Zaheer and Bhajji at their peak to hold the bowling. In current form, Kohli just has himself and Rahane...and no one for the bowling... Short term there will be more down than up! But hopefully the ship will steady.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Good decision ...no doubt he was one of our best wicketkeeper batsman but it is time fr new brigade like Naman Ojha to step up and start the show

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    vey sad, we miss u mahi, u r the best

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    As dhoni getting out of the team, Hope to see Rohit is opening the next match

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    @Raychaudhuri Bong Msu thanks for reminding those with short-term memory of Dhoni's contributions to Indian Cricket. Like most of his on-field decisions in the past, he has now made another correct decision to make a timely retirement. It is the right time for someone like Kohli to take up the reigns of Indian Test Cricket and work with a young team in wherein the transition from Sachin-Rahul-Saurav-Laxman is almost complete. Obviously he has a long way to go and will mature as a test captain with every series. Thanks for everything MSD! As for the last test, I really hope Naman Ojha gets a go.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Typical Indian attitude towards Test cricket - he wants to abandon it in order to focus on the shorter formats which are his real interest. If he is fatigued by too much cricket then perhas he should give up the hit and giggle pyjama cricket instead.

  • diniin on December 30, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Its a good decision, Its sad that he doesn't have a test hundred outside ASIA.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    He should have quit captaincy about 2 years ago. All those people saying he was not able to win because he has bad bowlers. Let me ask a simple question for you. Who has breed such bowlers Iike ishant and ashwin.the rope given to them is simply beyond understanding. Feeling happy really

  • SanjivSanjiv on December 30, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    MSDhoni Retirement: Bitter/sour taste in the mouth

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 30, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Good. He needs to do it before the Engalnd tour. Now its time for Dhavan and Rohit sharma to quit test and concentrate on IPL only.

  • karnamgiridhar on December 30, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Well done MSD! he knows exactly what he is doing. Thanks for taking Indian cricket to this high (test ranking No.1 last year). I am sure his energy source will be directed one days and lot more to come from him in that format, may be 3rd world cup for India....who knows

  • Rock_cricket on December 30, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Whatever critics says about you, I don't care, you were one of the best captions and players we have had. I wish you all the best. Thanks Mr. Dhoni for all you have done to Indian Cricket and Fans..

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Best Wishes Dhoni and Congratulations Kohli.....

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    one of the best captains india ever had. i think he should have played as a batsman.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    May be its the right decision, however the timing cud have been better! Dhoni in limited over format is much more valuable and now he can solely focus on that..bitter sweet moment in a way as team without him will have a different look! Having said that let's fasten our seatbelts for Kohli show now !

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    One of the best cricketer ever seen...Thank you....

  • maverick.arora on December 30, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    This is the best news I have heard in a very long as far as the Indian test team is concerned. He should have retired long ago from test cricket. He was reluctant and coupled with his insecurity about him losing the captaincy in all formats, he only prolonged the inevitable.

    He should have realized that he is a fantastic one day captain and player and none of his predecessors have fared better than him in the shorter formats, but unfortunately , I can't compliment him for the longest format.

    Hopefully, this will ignite the younger generation to fare better during overseas Test matches.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    May be its the right decision, however the timing cud have been better! Dhoni in limited over format is much more valuable and now he can solely focus on that..bitter sweet moment in a way as team without him will have a different look! Having said that let's fasten our seatbelts for Kohli show now !

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Its not dhoni always.. rest 10 team members are equally responsible for disappointing performance of indian team overseas.. I dont know y media and every great cricketer criticize dhoni ... y do you forget the contributions of dhoni to indian cricket world ?

  • TeamIndiaAlwaysRocks on December 30, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Sad Day for Indian Cricket..for those who think that India's losses are due to his captaincy are greatly mistaken.India needs a bowling attack that can bowl an opposition out twice.Even kohli will find it tough to win matches with the existing Indian Bowling lineup.There is no consistency in the line and lengths of India's bowlers to build pressure on Australian batsmen.However my best wishes to kohli as the new Indian Captain.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Dhoni is one of the true sportsman of present era's cricket. Like Rahul Dravid he took a right decision in right time. I wish him good luck and form for ODI'S and T20 format.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Dhoni should have retired 2-years Back. He was a Third Rate Test Captain. I hope he continues as ODi and T20 Captain.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on December 30, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    aggressive cricket does not mean talking with mouth! India did not have good bowling unit to take 20 wickets under dhoni's captaincy! one could not set aggressive field for erratic Indian bowling. Sure, overseas test record as a captain is one of the reason for his retirement. His average is also not good as a batsman in test matches. Anyhow Indian bowling is main cause for his retirement. Indian will not win a test series under any captain with this bowling unit.

  • Anand_Mounaswamy on December 30, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Very good news.. MSD.. You took the Indian Test Team to the pinnacle once and you were a hero then but feel sorry to utter what your current status is. Now, you have the freedom to do what you are really good at.. Continue your contributions as a Leader and a Finisher in the Shorter Formats.. Millions of Indian Supporters will be feeling relieved now. For the continuous overseas losses you were the only person who had to bear the brunt.. You being very influential, plz ask Virat to be a bit patient in handling things.. Once again, wishing you all success for the Triangular Series and the World Cup..

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    One of most successfull captain of India, the best in all three formats...Captain Cool will remain in our heart ever ever & forever, A dynamic leader who cannot be replaced by any batsman wicketkeeper....Well done MSD, Wish u all the best 4 future...

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    He is a good captain but need to work on his test batting technique.

  • opto_pus on December 30, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Dhonis time is up, Numan Ojha needs to show what he can do with the bat against the aussies in the next test match, he will only be an improvement and the future wicketkeeper for 3 years, if the batting is good.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    India will miss a true leader and a true player who never plays for himself... HE brought so many stars to indian cricket even in test cricket (No. 1 spot).. But atleast he could play last test match so that team and BCCI can give him high FAREWELL to a best captain ever india has produced till date... HE DEserves hi- fi farewell... We know he is not a test material..still he is genuine good player..and what can he do if his team(Bowler) are not supporting in matches...BUt still he cant blame anyone... This is not time to blame him..this is time to Take a bow MS DHONIi!!! RESPECT DHONI!!! He has put only stars to indian cricket.....we hv to respect his decision... one day he told that whenever he will be sure that india has better captain than him,,,he will resign...and see what he has done..india's future is in good hand of KOHLI... We miss you DHONI in Tests.... Take a bow MS DHONI.......... The most selfless man of Indian cricket....

  • tsureshraj on December 30, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Salute to Captain Cool ! All though I hate his test captaincy, still feel that he can contribute as WK batsman.

  • RameshPan on December 30, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    People may say many things about Dhoni's test captaincy but the fact remains that he did his best with the resources he had. His commitment was never in doubt although he could have got a lot more out of the Sehwag-Gambhir combo. The most important thing for me more than his captaincy , was as a test batsman Dhoni could have been much better than the average of 38 and 6 hundreds in 90 odd tests. There weren't as many game changing innings that we were so accustomed to in limited overs cricket especially in overseas tests. A mixed-bag of a test career , promised more than what actually transpired. Could have played longer , may be one game changing 50 ball 100 for us to cherish!!!

  • man90 on December 30, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Shocking decision. Yet One of the most cool headed captains. He did not have the best bowlers in the world. Yet he did not give up fight as a batsman. Thanks Mahi for wonderful contribution to Indian team as captain. I am not sure any other captain giving longer rope for any consistently failing batsman and bowler.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    A player who came from modest family and deprived state shown the entire cricket feternity that how great he has become, the decision may be good or bad for Indian test cricket that only time will show but I personally appreciate his decision and proud of. This is lesson to those players who do not withdraw even series of failure. I salute his decision. Now he has become greater than what he was.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Why sudden retirement? He should have played as a wicketkeeper batsman under virat and guided him. Similar to srilanka having sanga,, Mahela and dilshan playing under Matthews. You played very well in England as a batsman and here also saved test in Australia now. Thank u very much for all your achievements MS. Wish u great World Cup 2015.

  • Zajith on December 30, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Good decision. Both his batting and captaincy were fading last couple of years. Now he can prolong his ODI as well as T20 career. But it is even better if he retires from T20 internationals. Its been so long that he had won a T20 match for india.

  • prakash_ajp on December 30, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    This was a good decision, perhaps a touch overdue. I don't have much complaints about Dhoni as a captain as I believe not many could have done anything different with the team he was given. But I do not think he had adequate skills neither as a wicket keeper or a test batsman. Time and time again we have seen balls going between Dhoni and the first slip with him hardly moving. Even though he is one of the few Indian batsmen who can play the short ball well, he has always had trouble with balls outside the off stump. And with Kohli playing the way he is, it's about time. To Dhoni's credit, though, so far we didn't have someone who was certain in the team, until now that is.

  • y4yoga on December 30, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    It is really really very sad to hear about the decision. Critics and haters finally got what they want. Should have got a farewell, a round of 100 Tests and everything what a Legend must have got. He didn't look at any personal milestones, yeah and that's why he is Unique. Hats off to the Best captain in the history of Indian Cricket. MS seems to be tired with his bowlers and hence it would have forced him to make that decision. One thing as a proud fan of MS is that I was really happy that he had retired as a captain and not as a player. On a personal Note its really hurting to see MS retirement than India Loosing abroad.

  • Beertjie on December 30, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Wise decision, MS. Agree fully @y legfinedeep about your misgivings over Kohli. In time he may become "calmer, more mature and less aggressive", but will he survive the fall-out of his excesses until then?

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Kohali does not display maturity and looses his cool on non issues. We need a mature person to head team.

  • 619decepticon on December 30, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    i personally had felt that dhoni's time in tests was over, had thought that even the selectors must have been feeling the same, and they would let dhoni know about this thing, but not now, only after the world cup...had thought that they wouldn't do it in the middle of this series so as not to tinkle with dhoni's confidence to lead our team in limited format especially for the wc..i realy wished him to leave the test team as he as well as his captaincy was a liability....but maaan, dhoni has surprized all of us yet again with this decision..india would miss his presence in the team, though not his captaincy..its realy tough for us to imagine an indian team without dhoni, isnt it? would like to thank him for whatever good he has done to this team, thankyou for being there, thankyou for being the face of the indian team..but i just pray that this thing doesnt get to him for odis and t20s, bcoz he is a master there, one of the bests in the busines..we need u there mate, badly #bestfiniser

  • FHZAHID on December 30, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    End of a great inning. Definitely, India will miss this sort of fighting captain. A great finisher of the game. I wish him all the best for his future endeavors, ODI's and T20's.

  • OnlyKaps on December 30, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    Not surprised. Wont be surprised if he pulls out of the WCUP or retires after it.

  • SHANCRICK on December 30, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    Well Done MSD! You did you best in attempting to change Indian Cricket Overseas, should say got consumed in your efforts! Indians play 2 types of cricket, one at home and the other overseas! Like all captains before you struggled to make a point, and to some extent successful in your initial phase as captain! We were proud of 2011 wherein you brought us to apex position on the table! As time passed by, complacence gained through WC Success and victories on docile home pitches things petered out and we fans of Indian Cricket were disappointed time and again in the only sport besides Chess where India represented by 1.3 Billion seen on a sports map! Yet we are proud of you and did a damn good job in Test Cricket! You say less and allow people to have their take unlike others who have captained India before but now talk eloquently through the comforts of AC as critics and commentators totally forgetting their contributions to the abysmal performances in the past! We still await!!!!

  • SACHINNRUPATUNGA on December 30, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Indian team and dressing room surely miss cool & Great captain and good captain, hats off MSD for taken timely correct good deceision he is a role model for indian cricket and game of cricket he is a gem of Indian Team. He is a join the India legends of ,B.S.chandrashekar, Viswanath, Gavaskar, Kapil,Sachin, Anil Kumble,Saurav, rahul, laksman

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Good decision. A good player knows when to call it a day. Good wishes in limited over cricket and perhaps serve the devbhumi.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Congratulations to Dhoni on his retirement. If Dhoni thinks time is up for him, there is nothing wrong in retiring. He's still most successful test captain for India despite recent losses in overseas tests where performance was downhill in recent years. He'll continue to remain as strong contender and game planner in limited over formats. His tactics will be hard to get understand for opposition

  • DattaGN on December 30, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Will Dhoni hold a chance to be part of test team, In spite of not being a captain?. Wriddhiman Shah would be a better wicket keeper.

  • narang9 on December 30, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    MSD You will be missed. The legend you are is leaving and will leave a big hole in the Indian cricket. #respectMSD

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    aggressive cricket does not mean talking with mouth! India did not have good bowling unit to take 20 wickets under dhoni's captaincy! one could not set aggressive field for erratic Indian bowling. Sure, overseas test record as a captain is one of the reason for his retirement. His average is also not good as a batsman in test matches. Anyhow Indian bowling is main cause for his retirement. Indian will not win a test series under any captain with this bowling unit.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    the man of steel retirement is a shocker !!!!! but could have stepped down from captaincy alone instead.

  • on December 30, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Respected his decision!! He is a smart personality, would have been decided for a very good reason. Well done MS, you will be remembered for taking India to a pride position.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Dhoni was a school and India has to learn lot from him. Not only as a player but also as an individual he contributes as an Indian.......My respects...

  • iamgroot on December 30, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Excellent decision by Dhoni ..Brilliant man!!! Dhoni ..His Contribution has been immense to Indian cricket. Dhoni did the unthinkable & surprised many .by timing his retirement from test cricket. He is calm & stable much more than anyone else in this indian team. No matter what critics say ,statistics say he was the best in glove work.. Unlike Ganguly who had to be literally kicked out of test captaincy.. but not Dhoni.. Dhoni goes out by his own terms & took selfless decision by quitting test cricket. The only reason he stayed bcoz there was no one to take over, now that he saw Kohli in 1st test he felt its time to quit as Kohli seems to be the right man. But Kohli has to learn when to be aggressive & when to tone down. I like Kohli's aggressive cricket but still feel he should have been prudent while chasing the target in 1st test. after 6 wickets fell. This is where Kohli should learn to channel his aggression in right direction. Well done Dhoni ,, proud of U, great decision

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    A salute to captain cool for a great career and for taking the pressure of expectations of a billion people.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    I think its a Good discussion Virat is ready for that....Virat has to be aggrasive with his game not with his mouth you should learn one thing from CAPTAIN COOL.... let you skill talk... We gone miss you in test DHONI

  • krishstarofcricinfo on December 30, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Best Decision taken by MSD in overseas series till to date... All the best

  • KumarSubramanyan on December 30, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    As usual, he does and thinks differently...why stay on and struggle when both the body and mind is giving way...I am sure he thought he was not there 100% and hence the decision to quit..Virat has already captained India in all formats and will be MSD's natural successor..hope Virat can pick up some of MSD's calmness under pressure..

    India needs a fresh MSD for the WC...hope he comes back refreshed to lead India in the WC...

    Best wishes to him..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Time for Kholi to show he has so thatcalled aggrasive leadership which Dhoni was blammed for not having...MSD really going to miss u r calmness behind the stumps..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    It is not right time to retired taking wrong decision.

  • My-Dear-Watson on December 30, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    A very timely decision, with all due respect for Dhoni for what he has done for Indian cricket, I believe India should look forward to having a two different wicket keepers for short and long format. Dhoni, the obvious choice for shorter format and someone with a good batting technique for longer format. Well done MS, India would always be proud of you.

  • mathanthas on December 30, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    This decision really hurts. We will miss you Dhoni but at the same time we respect your decision. You are always a great captain in our hearts.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    If you accuse him of India's poor overseas performance,then you also have to give credit to him for India's success since 2007 from T20 to 2011 Wc to 2013 CT and India's no. 1 ranking in tests.The vice-versa is true too.Otherwise you will be termed as Hypocrite.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    India lost one of the best captain and batsman cum wicketkeeper in test cricket

  • yajju11 on December 30, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Dhoni the captain should have retired rather than the Player, he is the most successful wicket keeper batsman India ever produced

  • Gopez on December 30, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Thanks for your conviction and guts, you have shown how a leader should lead. Right time to groom a new leader, You have given many good cricketing moments in last 7 years to India and Cricket.

  • lucky666 on December 30, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Thanks a million; perhaps the best gift for Indian Cricket for coming 2015...No feelings Dhobi...Also I will blame Indian selectors hopeless & not opting for DRS.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Timely decision. This will relieve him from unnecessary criticism, and allow him to focus on ODI performances. Good luck for defending the World Cup !!

  • switchmitch on December 30, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Hope he does an Afridi and recants his retirement...he still is a very good keeper batsman at 5-6 down...test captaincy is just not his forte...no doubts about his credentials as one of the best ever captain and player in the shorter formats of the game...just love this guy inspite of his faults in the longer version of the game...

  • agnitroy on December 30, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Finally a good decision by MSD in tests...

  • sreehk on December 30, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    MSD was a master politician and retires like one! Giving no chance to be sacked or to be played under someone else. His captaincy and batting have not helped him justify his place in the team. So all in all a right decision at right time. His retirement opens up a lot of slots in the team. Kholi taking over signals a lot of changes in Indian test cricket.

    India will play 5 bowlers. WSaha and Samson are current and future WK for India. May be there is a way back for Sehwag and Yuvraj as well. Rohit and Raina will no more have the test chances at least.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    sad day for Indian cricket

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    SAD to hear that but that is expected.He contributed so much to indian cricket ,the only captain who have won all three titles(wc,t20wc,ct) for his team.great player,great leader,RESPECT from PAKISTAN

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    A Dynamic leader Who cannot be replaced. We don't have any Wicket keepers to fill the void Left by MSD can't say test cricket will never be the same for me and in fact I will miss him whenever I see Test matches :'(

  • arjunay on December 30, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    MSD..we miss u in white Dress

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    This was long coming and i feel this is a right decision. I never liked his captaincy in tests for simple reasons, he is just not made up for tests. I have seen him batting before one days in ranjis and thought he will be a wonderful one day batsman. Wish him luck for future

  • rohanblue on December 30, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    HEIL the great leader, god bless you MSD, you are my idol, Miss you Dhoni, I have tears in my eyes, words cant express how much I love and respect you sir as a player and as a human being, I always try to be like you...........

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    I think all people out here who are against his captaincy are foolish. They should understand that its not the captain who wil take all 10 wickets. He has just right to take right decision at right tym. And dhoni always did that, but what if baller start bowling directionless, without any pace. Captain never say not to bowl yorker, its bowler who dont think that if a tail ender is attacked with yorkers he wil surely miss one of them. Ppl lyk varun aaron and umesh thinks that bowling 150kmph wil do in australia, but they forget that aus are playing with more fast bowler since there under 19. stop blaming captain. ge cannot teach everyone to bowl lyk this bat lyk dis. tell bowlers to bowl what they were taught at national level while learning. i mean its sometym funny to see bowler bowling same length and line bowl to tail enders without trying yorkers and slowers. I dont find caprain playing very important role in winning rathers its players who r decided to perform by d captain. think

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    It was long overdue as he had run out of ideas to be competitive in the test cricket

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    thank you very much dhoni...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Dhoni is Best but should be aggressive in Test Cricket especially against Australia and England.

  • sushils on December 30, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Good decision taken at right time.... But there is a gap now at No.7 in Test team for a wicketkeeper batsman. Wridhiman Saha will fill the gap for a few tests but surely Dhoni will be missed as keeper/batsman... burden on Kohli now.... Indian test bowlers will continue their poor performance outside India and Captains will continue to be scapegoat. Mr. Kohli learn to bear the criticism of Indian fans and above all Indian Media.... Best of Luck...

  • thedreamer on December 30, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    The article hasn't been completed yet, and more than 600 comments have been posted thus far! Still counting... MSD - he reformed the way wicketkeeping was seen in India. Gone are they days when WK in India was perceived to be a tailender. Yes, Gilly changed this perception worldwide, but MS brought this into Indian cricket. Haters will keep hating you, but your followers outnumber them overwhelmingly. No farewell Test, no hype, nothing. Typical MSD style. Whatever critics might say, you've contributed a lot in Tests. We owe you. Wish you the best in the 2015 WC.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Three cheers for Dhoni, he is the best Indian captain in all formats of the game, we will miss his cool and calm composure, we wish him all the best in his future.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Good news for indian test cricket. We need aggressive leader like virat

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    A wise decision from a wise leader! You will be missed..

  • N.R.S on December 30, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    He is bold... so MSD... good time.. to be fair if he would have got some reasonable bowling attack ...he would have been test great toooooo... but still he has not done any bad ... He took responsibility of rebuilding Indian team... see the team now.. very young and pumping... otherwise India were stick to old principles and MSD forced things to change

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    A shocking news!!! From where did this come from -_- nyways excited about saha replacing him

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Good Decision at right time by Captain Cool!!!!!! Best captain in World best of luck for World cup Maahhii .

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    People call him as selfish.....He didn't take any send off.....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    We will miss u. One of best batsman.

    Everybody respect the SHINING STAR, But we never forget his achievements! !! INDIA won the world cup under his leadership. best of luck for the ODI and T20. Thank You for everything. ..

    yours big fan, Vinay thakur

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    An awesome decision by dhoni... one of d greatest player nd a better person... a big salute to him... we will surely miss u

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    I somehow feel MSD has been sacked. But soon, BCCI will realize how big blunder they have done. Kohli is not a good captain. Only aggressive attitude is not good enough for great captaincy. See Adelaide for instance.. Well done MSD.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    May be good decision but surely not at correct time. ...

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 30, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    The question arises about captaincy now.But only credible names can think of are Pujara,Vijay.Dont think Vijay has any prior captaincy exp. in domestic,IPL though while Pujara is struggling to hold on.1 left field option,Saha?Does he have prior exp.?

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    M.S taken rite decision @ rite time ..........Thanks for your contribution DHONI

  • Mavzz on December 30, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Such thankless Indian Fans! Really shocking to see Indian fans are happy for such a legend to retire like this. Kohli can be a great batsman but a sore loser and a very poor leader. It is not aussie heat or poor team selection but unrealistic expectation of billion fans which led him to retire. If India had 5 bowlers they would still have 5 mediocre bowlers going in a test match. MSD you are a true legend!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    I think his time was up in test cricket.... But right in the middle of the test series was baffling. However its been a great career and he will focus on ODI and T20 cricket. We could see a fresher MSD in the World Cup.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Uthappa should replace him and not Saha.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Salute to MSD - Thanks for your time and efforts to Indian Cricket.

    Its his decision and his only....We have a lot of players who have critically reviewed his captaincy record abroad but it is important to note that if India loses the test it is not only because of him but also his teammates. The same Virat had a torid time in England. Just because he has scored three hundreds here we cannot make him god immediately. If there is something wrong about MSD's leadership i think the entire team his responsible for the away record. I also think he has made the best use of his resources considering the useless bowlers we have and also insensible batsmen.

    Even the media is trying to create a unnecessary hype around MSD's retirement. They are using this to improve their TRP rating......

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    This is clearly known that Ashwin can not get a chance in test side.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Dhoni is a fighter and the best Captain we had for so many years of cricket. I thought he should have fought this time and come out. This is indeed a sad decision.

    I hope Dhoni does what most of the Pakistani cricketers did Just Come Back.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    unfortunately Dhoni's one day and T20 achievements will cloud the fact he was a largely forgettable test player.. his uninspiring and conservative captaincy cost India many, many wins... it's disappointing that he was left to make the decision himself and not the BBCI

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Brilliant as a player but also a very class captain.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    We miss ever in test cricket mahi....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    I beg to disagree with ""One of India's greatest Test captains under whose leadership India became the No. 1 team in the test rankings, MS Dhoni, has decided to retire from Test cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of cricket,"". He has been a fantastic ODI captain w/o a doubt but I rarely see him contributing to India being #1 test team. It is better late than never in hindsight good that he decided to quit himself as I don't see any reasons for selectors to let him continue as a test captain.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    good bye and good riddance....unimaginative captaincy...poor batting technique....ok wicket keeping

  • gkgenius on December 30, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Dhoni couldn't succeed much as a captain in overseas test as he was given a team where most of the members were at their worst form playing overseas. Now, he has thrown the challenge to BCCI to prove if any other captain can lead such a team and win at least one overseas test / series.

  • brittosa on December 30, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    @ android_user: "Must have done earlier." ....... You mean before India could become the No.1 test team??

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    1 year ago MSD said "if there is a better candidate for the captaincy. i will step down". now that there is he has. The best leaders know when to stand down and i think he has timed his departure very well.

  • arvindnandan on December 30, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    It is somewhat sad, though many people say, not bad. He has been a revolutionary of sorts - and such people invariably live and perish in unusual manner. But he was a great captain, and a very good player. Barring a period when he had Kumble & Zaheer at their peaks, he never had the bowling to win away tests. No point blaming him.

    Let us see if there is another captain who can win matches and series with weak bowling. Not to mention, his very quick, if unorthodox keeping too.

    Good luck, captain cool. We will miss you - and more so, when people will realize how big those shoes to be filled are.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    This is indeed a great decision... otherwise MSD became worst test overseas caption....with 16 losses....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    He is a backbone that India would dearly miss. Not the most technically correct batsman but had steel in him to fight it out when more gifted indian players just wilted under pressure. I think India will start to value him once he is gone which usually is the case with indian and pakistani fans

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    I will miss dhoni. People realise the importance of palyer once they retire . We are still looking for a opener like Sunil gavaskor , an all rounder like Kapil and now we will miss a cool headed player who was a keeper and a dasher

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    India surely will miss him a lot in tests..I dont think the overseas results wil have an effect after Kohli takes over as Indian captain..unless we have a very good bowling line up..its hard for Indian test team to win a match outside Asia..Miss u #Thala #Dhoni

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Strain :s really dont think so, quiet many times MSD has expressed his disliking for Test Cricket. Five days are stress for any cricketer but then (specially Dhoni) are paid a handsome amount for that. So strain i think is a diplomatic word used for his disliking of test cricket.

  • msdfan_forever on December 30, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    It is easy to forget that he had to recreate the core of Indian cricket. The fab 4 quit cricket and the best of the rest (Zaheer, Bhaji, Gambhir and Sehwag) lost the plot. He had to hold the team together. Respect. MSD fan forever!!!

  • sanjaykk on December 30, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    with the kind of bowlers india has been having for overseas, india could never win there. It is not dhonis responsibility to bowl( with attacking field they would leak 10 runs an over as we saw here). with good bowling india won in england. zak was also injured most of the times when he was fit india nearly won a series in south africa. India could have won 2 test in the current series but for pathetic bowling. they could have taken a lead int eh second test, in the third test also they could not clean up the tail. harris is no batsman and he made 70's. will kohli want to lead india for long i have no idea. looks like dhoni wants to defend the world cup and than walk in to the sunset!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    We miss u ever great mahi....

  • Santhoshnair on December 30, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    It's like when you sing well, you must stop singing to give others chance! Really a true leader...

  • jatstheword on December 30, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    FINALLYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is Dhoni's best contribution to Indian Test Cricket!!! Still a very devastating One Day and T20 player though, hope he keeps playing these 2 formats for a few more years.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Australia Tour - A test of temperament. Unity breaks, team fails.. Happened to England and now its our turn. Bad timing MS, just not the time to run away!!!! ‪#‎MSDretiresfromtestcricket‬.

  • darpankalra on December 30, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    what you have done mahi..really sad news for all..we know india loose 6 series continuously at overseas but in 2011 in (england and australia) the team is different and whole team is not performed at that time and also now in 2013-2014 in SA, NZ, ENG and AUS the team is filled with young legs..they need some time...you struggled with the kind of bowlers we have to win overseas but in this series finally team showed some fight...and you need to carry on for many reasons for at least some more time...they will do better in upcoming overseas tests we believe...but its really sad to hear about you left like this...you are a great person..we will miss you a lot..even if you want to quit then you can quit captaincy but you have to carry on as a player in tests..but we need to still respect your decision..Really you deserve to be left on a winning note...but its now only a dream..i hope the whole team wake up now and do better in future and gave you a farewell..Love you a lot !!!

  • Ajith269 on December 30, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    I was expecting this from him at the end of this tour. But Dhoni is much quicker. I guess if we have won or drawn last game, he might have made this decision earlier.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    We gonna miss the dhoni magic's in test . we really miss you .

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Dhoni dont want to play under Kohli as captain.. so he decide to retire from test cricket.. well done Dhoni..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Finally!!! the biggest opportunist out of them all retires :) A Great day for Indian Cricket and may be now, we can think of a proper "cricketer", who has his basics right, leading our test team - One who does not make any absurd excuses and contributes to the team !!!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    a little too late. typical of dhoni

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    every one blames dhoni....nothing he can do with the bowling unit india having...i am the gr8 fan of MSD... v Miss u...in test cricket....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Welll... (As MS Dhoni speaks).. This had to happen! Nobdy can question his greatness in the limited overs cricket... in test cricket.. the change was needed.. Respect him for putting his ego aside and doing right for the team! You were the best captain we had so far!

  • ChrisMarx on December 30, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    To be a good captain you need a whole other skill set than those required for only being a good player. The ability to remain calm in stressful situations is one. Being a diplomatic spokesperson for your country is another, as well as being able to inspire loyalty and belief among your team mates. Not sure how someone who is unable to separate his emotions from the task at hand, throws public wobblies when things aren't going his way and has a nasty habit of shouting and getting angry at his own team mates on the field will do.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Respect for M.S Dhoni, His debut in ODIs is 2004 & tests in 2005 most successful Captain for India and yet announced retirement. On other side Afridi played almost 20 years and yet refuse to retire...And sadly when ever Afridi will retire most of PK fans will request him not to do so...hahaha (Afridi already retired almost 5-6 times during off season and take back retirements again at start of new season)

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Congrats on a fantastic test career, MS. We in AUS rarely saw you at your best on our TVs, but you have been a wonderful cricketer and a great servant to indian cricket. Enjoy your free time and good luck in the world cup, mate!

  • SHEREHIND on December 30, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Retiring from captaincy is o.k, but from Test Cricket ? I doubt. He still could contribute as a team member, though it may be difficult for him to play under any other captain.

    Anyway, Kohli, has better credentials. He has captained the team since his under 19 days.

  • shashwat0904 on December 30, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    He hinted this couple of years back that he will not be able to continue playing all the formats for too long and true to his word he has taken a great decision just like a good leader will do. All the best for the WC15 #Respect

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    unbelievable, will miss him in tests

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    A great captain .great person took a great decision .Country first---i respect his decision .We will miss you captain COOL .

  • bijijoseph on December 30, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Records not withstanding, what's the point in retiring mid-series? - should have done it before the start of the series or at the end.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    dhoni is a great cricketer. best of luck to him. from a pakistani fan.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    i think that it a late dicision but time is clear wrong it should after final match

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Dhoni is a legend. Respect.

  • Haleos on December 30, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    @sreekanth - i hope u meant dhoni's contribution in tests and not overall. Otherwise u should stop watching cricket.

  • arun_abishek on December 30, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    MS Dhoni captained most of the matches with the inexperienced test capped players.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Awesome player/captain with great presence of mind compared to most other captains out there, just because consecutive overseas loses he got into this cornered situation and made him to take this sudden decision. Anyways we have great opinion about. We all wish you great luck for the forth coming world cup and keep rocking in ODI,T20 and IPL....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Bright future, accepted!! But this also shows the atmosphere of dressing room when your best captain runs away.. Decision could have come after the 4th test as well, specially when its known that match is a dead rubber!!! Bad times!!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    i will miss you dhoni.. for me you are the best ever captain and wicket keeper batsman... for me you are best... :'( i am your small fan.. and all the best for 2015 wc.. prove everyone wrong,, won that wc for india

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    he dont want to play under juniors!!haha

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Wow what a innings today...respect is all i have for you sir!...i am not sure if we have any other better keeper in the country ...saha,naman and sam looks more likely.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    When India were getting thrashed under his captaincy, Dhoni said that as a captain, he would not like to leave the ship which was sinking. Now what has he done? Let the ship sink!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    A late decision....but a wise one....he should have continued as a test cricket player though

  • rajuramki on December 30, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    My team for the Sydney test ; Vijay , Dhawan , Pujara , Kohli , Rahane , Raina , Saha , Ashwin , Shami , Yadav , Ishant .

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on December 30, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Good decision. Long overdue. MSD is easily the greatest captain India has ever had in the shorter formats, but his captaincy of the test team has been negative and reactive at the best of times since several years now.

  • Karunk on December 30, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Appreciate his timely decision. Good that he did not wait like master Sachin to achieve some personal milestones..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    @ Sunny Sarkar: I do agree with you and share the same thought as you say. Dhoni according to me is a legend and though there were some areas of improvement with the bowlers he had there is nothing much he could have done.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Thank God for small mercies.This is the best news I Heard even though we lost the series.Long overdue retirement.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    now v have to think forward from him. give chance to young talent- SANJU SAMSON should get chance or PARTHIV / DINESH have plenty of cricket left

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Should have played the last test at sydney for a better stand off.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    India will miss MSD's captaincy from here on..wht made him to take this call now??..He should played atleast for next 3 years. Always his decision makes everyone surprise. this too did the same. cant imagine indian test cricket without MSD.. We will miss you THALA :( :(....

  • Kulaputra on December 30, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    It is high time Dhoni gave up test cricket. As a captain, as Ian Chappell said, he had outlasted his "Sell by" Date. As a wicket keeper, he was OK. As a test batsman, he was nothing short of disaster. This decision came at least a couple of years too late.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 30, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Good,smart decision by him to leave as it will give the incumbent young Saha a permanent run in the team.Which he deserves as he is easily the best gloveman and no.7 bat we have atm.And he had a good tidy game all round in the game in Adelaide.

  • Karthik_Jay_Cricket on December 30, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Dhoni, good luck for WC & good you made a good decision. We need to try something different if we need to success, we can't try the same thing again and again and expect different result. I believe the team is good enough to win, need good captain. We can't just tell if he is in the team from 1B people then he should know how to react and what to do so i don't need to tell. The direction set by the leader( it applies to company & sports) and which makes a success or failure to the team or company.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    shocking, one of the finest captain to have led India in all formats of the game, take a bow MSD

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    I would prefer Saha / Samson keeping wickets & Dhoni as a batsman who bowls a bit playing for India. Saha not because he is impressive, more because India seem to have no options. Maybe even Dhawan should retire from Test Cricket. His brand of hit or miss batting is fine in limited overs, but in tests it normally means India need an opener coming in at 3. In addition, Dhawan does not bowl & is not exactly a Jonty Rhodes on the field.

  • msdfan_forever on December 30, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    That's a master stroke from MSD... Yet again, puts the team ahead of personal records... With World cup and IPL to follow the Sydney test and no test cricket for next 4-5 months, people would have forgotten this series... Having said that, his batting was hopeless this series... He would have been forced to resign soon... Let us see what Kohli and Saha do what one man has been doing for years...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    He was a nice guy and a good batsman but he didn't have the tactical prowess to be a captain as we saw by his ineffective field settings and the lack of game plan especially wen bowling to lower order batsman.

  • senrohit on December 30, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    What goes around, comes around ;) if memory serves me right this is similar to the situation in which Dhoni had taken over test captaincy... From Kumble.. Against Australia perhaps. Dhoni is to test cricket what Cook is to the limited overs variety

  • andrew783 on December 30, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Stand up and applaud the man for his decision. Dhoni by style never suited test cricket but has achieved quite a lot... a victory at Lords, a double hundred, Number 1 test ranking. It was only in the last 3 - 4 years that his style start displeasing cricket pundits. Kohli is in form and perhaps the right man at the moment to continue the responsibility.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 30, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Should've happened 2 years ago but better late than never. Indian Test cricket in better hands now under Kohli.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    That was coming.. probably a match early.. but that was surely coming after this Australia series.. Eventhough not, he would have been sacked as captain from tests.. And then slowly he would be bound to lose his place in the test side also, with new and better keepers waiting for chances.. he did not want him to go out like Sourav Ganguly.. he played safe and wise.. good decision.. Thankyou MSD for giving us so much in your test career.. we respect your decision!!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    letting go is tough and hatsoff to Dhoni for that! levelheadedness of a different level! now that WC 2015 is around

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    A very sad day. Dhoni has been the beating heart of Indian cricket for a long time and this team still needs his experience. Without him at no 7 they will look weaker. If Kumar had played the whole series his bowling and lower order batting along with Dhoni and Ashwin would have made a big difference.

  • shaalim on December 30, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Thanks Dhoni... it's a prestigious retirement like dravid not like tandulkar

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    MSD what player you are,the player who always thinks about his team. Any way it z a great decision but will be a great loss to india..............thanks for being with the team in gud times as well as in good times............ And some people, who blames will realize one day what is the importance of player like u......it may impossibe to get a wick-batsman like msd.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    It's look very sad moment for the fans as he decide to retire from Test Cricket. But he is too strong mentally, may be the better decision to give chance to his team mates for opportunity to get indulged.

    A very good player and response back under tough and pressure situation. Salute for him.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    he losts his confidence!

  • Biggus on December 30, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Wow, so the genii's out of the bottle now, Kohli to be captain.........and by the laws of the game the captain is responsible for his team's behaviour. Now I'm not suggesting either team have much to be proud of thus far in the series when it comes to on field manners but how's he going to keep an eye on things when he's in the thick of it like a terrier that hasn't been fed in a week? Not even Warner is as omnipresent at a flashpoint as he is. Interesting times ahead methinks.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Virant still not grown as a captain. it is too early to give captaincy to virat. he is an immature like a baby. india's poor performance overseas blame cannot be put entirely on Dhoni. it will take a long to time to fill the gap of dravid, laxman, kumble and sachin. we dont have bowlers who can take 10 wickets on a bowling pitch. Dhoni absolutely cant be blamed. India will go down further under Kohli. it will be seen within a year.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Good luck to MSD, I have been waiting for this news for so any months if not year

  • rickyvoncanterbury on December 30, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Just like Sehwag, Satchin, Dravid and co... I look forward to the posts begging you back.... Good Luck

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    What a man... He must have resigned from the captaincy post and not retired as test player... Nobody can understand his stand at any cost... A perfect decision maker and he could be the best person to lead the country not just the Indian cricket team... of course if i am not wrong, MS must be having an idea entering into the Indian politic.. India need kind of personality to take instant, perfect, situation based decisions to the country to the top level...

    I will let my son each and everything about you and make him a perfect man like you... I know it is highly impossible to duplicate in this world like you...

    Hats of to you my dear perfect leader....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Dhoni should have played the test match so that he could get a befitting farewell for the contributions towards indian cricket.

  • DIFLEY on December 30, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Well Done dear MSD !, I sensed this decision will come at the end of test series but happy that you have done it today. I take a lot of pride in what MS has done for the country in all three formats and his professionalism, leadership and composure. Congrats to you for all your achievements !

  • Sharaz71 on December 30, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Dhoni brilliant leader of India. The amount of cricket he plays under constant pressure it's amazing he has kept going for as long as he has , he has given Kohli the reins at right time , dont forget vs England virat couldn't get a run , so yet again timing has been brilliant , time for one of the new breed to step up and fill those huge shoes , interesting to see how diplomatic virat will now be ..Clarke vs dhoni is now Smith vs kohli .

  • TravellerX on December 30, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Oh come on, I know we criticize you, but... I wish he was there for some time on test side.

    You are a great player Dhoni. One of the best players.

    Anyway, I respect his decision. So, team India is full of youngsters !

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    I still don't believe that Dhoni is leaving... all the best Cap.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Same should follow in all format including IPL.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Perfect time to take this decision... Thanks for your contribution MS..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Perfect time to take this decision... Thanks for your contribution MS..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    He shouldn't atleast have retired, he was still a decent wicket keeper batsman... we don't really have great wicket keeper batsman and don't want to go back to saha. Maybe it would be too awkward to play under Kohli for Dhoni? Dunno :\

  • mayoo123 on December 30, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    sad news... feeling disappointed :(

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Good Decision and also he has given KOHLI one (more) match to start his journey ala Kumble to Dhoni. Now Dhoni can play without any fan/pres pressure in WC. Watch out opponents, the LION will bite you like anythng...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Weldon mahi.. great decission in right time for the sake of india cricket....all crickets fans will miss....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    And it is about time too. Dhoni should now concentrate about retaining the World Cup.

  • Cric-Aus-SL on December 30, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    But I don't want to see Saha batting at Number 7, It should have been some other wicket keeper batsman, They must go with Naman ohja, Sanju Samson etc. DK will bang his head on the walls for his current form.

  • rajuramki on December 30, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    While Dhoni's contribution to India in ODI and T 20 formats cannot be questioned,he never lead the team well in Test cricket . His batting style i9s the same for all formats and that is a reason why he was not such a good batsman in Tests. In any case,he has taken the decision himself without being axed by the selectors in the near future. Let him now work out a plan to lift the upcoming world cup .

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Its strange how people forget what this man has given to Indian Cricket with the comments made above...under his reign for the first time India was ranked as the #1 test side for close to an year..... Virat is a wonderful player and I hope will be a great captain but hasn't learned the art of staying calm under specific circumstances which Dhoni has mastered over the years and is required in Test cricket. #Dhoni you will be missed.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Very good and timely decision taken by MSD.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Worst moment for Indian Cricket Team.. No one will replace him as a Captain in any format.. The one and only Indian Captain who is retaining in top 10 Successful Captain..

  • dhvkar on December 30, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Good decision by him so that he can concentrate his efforts and energy on which he has more control and confidence. He is a great captain for India for ODIs and did his best as test captain. Every test cricket tour outside India has been a failure and he cannot alone be blamed for this as the team which went to england, australia and new zealand under his captaincy had great names in the test squad but utterly failed in batting. It was a collective failure as far his test cricket is concerned.

    I wish MSD all the very best for WC 2015 and bring the coveted cup to India once again.

  • Flemo_Gilly on December 30, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Wishing him all the best and he will be missed, our thoughts are with his family

  • Akash_23 on December 30, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    This could be the defining moment for Indian cricket. Though dhoni will be missed for many reasons, Virat coming in as the test captain at this stage could work wonders for India. It can backfire as well, but if he comes good as an aggressive player and captain that he is, he can have a long and illustrious career as a captain who leads from the front and takes his team forward!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    very unlucky captain.. india cannot produce a bowling lineup which can can 20 wickets in a match shame on bowlers who led dhoni to this decision

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Indian cricket loss it best cricketer who won cup in all time

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    He is 124 short of 5,000 runs. Could have stayed for a test or two to achieve that.

  • DipanjanMitra on December 30, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Very reasonable and sensible decision given the batting form in test cricket, both overseas and home. he was never a test batter. never had the quality. MSD can now concentrate on his power hitting in ODIs, for which he is known.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    As a opponent I love to hear that Dhoni will not captain further for INDIA but as a cricket fan its a big loss for CRICKET....All the best for Dhoni the world will always remember him as one of the best captain in world.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Good Decision for his remaining career but not that good news for Team India Our Most Successful Test Captain as Retired. Many Say India were losing many Test matches but check out our history in test. We became better after his captaincy in all forms But no problem we trust in Kholi he is some what similiar to Ganguly very aggressive caption. It would be a change in India's Test career i should say

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    MS Dhoni should have done this two years ago. Indian Cricket Team Suffered only because of Dhoni's favoritism.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    bad decision at bad time. dhoni u r really good with the decisions in the field which yields more success rate. but went wrong this time, I believe this decision taken with the frustration on bcci, not from your own. you finally failed as a captain. all the best to bcom an actor.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Good Decision at right time by Captain Cool!!!!!! Best captain in World best of luck for World cup Maahhii . His own Batting failure is the main reason for his retirement .

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Surprised me alot, In Overseas he have failed but in Indian conditions he is key maker, Even I think he should be their for the Team as an wicket-keeper batsmen, Giving away the captaincy to anyone, But dhoni is not different from other captains of indian becaz he did it as each captain did and meanwhile he did betterthan the one's in past #Respect

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    To all those people who state that India Test team is in good hands, please reserve your judgement till Kohli proves his worth. I truly respect Dhoni's decision. #selflessplayer.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    please M S dhoni d'not take retirement test cricket you will play minimum 1 to 2 year as a captain of indian test team sir............

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    As much as i wanted ms to leave test cricket equally sad i am right now..dhoni atleast you should have played the last match..anyway you will always remain the best odi captain ever from india.best of luck for odi career.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Finally... the day arrived... Mahi's test stats are not so impressive.. Good decision.. he can concentrate much on ODI's.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Thank u Sir for ur service in test matches a good way to end ur career . U helped India draw the match thank u captian cool

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Good decision by Dhoni,,,

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Good news for Indian Cricket team..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Great Dhoni Good decision, i thing you avoid send off party

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Probably taken it at the right time... I felt he should have just retired from Captaincy but not from whole team... Any how he stuck upto his words "The time I feel team could do well, I shall get-off"...Kudos to one of the greatest captain Indian team could have ever had.

  • N.R.S on December 30, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    good from MSD.... so he is MSD... it gives good time for Virat to settle down... many home tests to come... only challenge is/was Indian bowling attack ... we need many more Javagal Shrinath/Kapil or Zeher @ his best...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Good call. Focus on ODI and see if we can swing one more World Cup. I wish he had done it before the test series, but maybe he needed to feel it in his gut!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Focus only on World Cup. He felt "this is time to retire & he don't want to hold a place in Indian Test cricket up to 40".

  • SwaggerJ on December 30, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Retired from Test cricket only, as he was failing in test.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    wow happy news for cricket lovers

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Wrong decision at this time.. Of course, wrong choice of the successor - Kohli.. Looks another Gavaskar to ruin the team.. Will miss you DHONI..

  • DakotaFellow on December 30, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Sad. I wish Dhoni stays with the team for couple of more years. He is a positive player and can bring in the confidence into the team. Indian team is mostly young & brash, so it needs to have a wise head to direct the team. Dhoni should have left the captaincy to Kohli and be as a vice-captain if he is really not keen to continue. Retiring in the middle of the series is not a right move.

  • ragu_lara on December 30, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Great MSD. Salute to you for your great and calmness

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Good Decision for Him as Well as Indian Team.. Thanks for your Entertainment.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Oh...! Oh.....! Should had completed the series mahi.....But ur always correct....we miss u Captain.....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    He was quite sure about his retirement from Test(No offense but his Overseas Test record was really sinking). I think he played 2 tests just for practicing for World Cup 2015. Now that long blocked spot will be open for youngsters.

    Well now new team India will be really worth to watch under Virat Kohli's aggressive leadership.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Oh..Well!! Was expecting this after the series. Take a time to bow for the man, who lead us so well...!! People may call him defensive...yes defensive he was, but then what else can he do with such a bowling attack?

    Respect to you man!! Will India fly in any replacement for him?? May be give Yuvi a go before the WC squad announcement?

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    No-One Could understand this guy's mind ... Greatest Captain that the cricket has even seen ...

  • AdhishS on December 30, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    finally... this decision should have been taken either by dhoni or by the selectors long back... good for indian cricket

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Good Decision at right time by Captain Cool!!!!!! Best captain in World best of luck for World cup Maahhii .

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    He could have retired from Test Captaincy only. Nevertheless its his decision and we respect that !!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Timely & good decision by MS Dhoni !

  • ragu_lara on December 30, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Great MSD. India would miss your batting even in tests. but your coolness really. As usual one more surprise no one knows that you are going to do this. No experts told this. That is MSD. You are greattttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • krishstarofcricinfo on December 30, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Thanks MSD for retiring...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Very good decision by Dhoni!! We all can see Virat Kohli is ready to take the captaincy in test cricket.

    I have never seen any Indian test team captain taking this kind of decision!! You deserves greater respect from Indian cricket fan and also from your team members. Your took the decision when people will ask why now instead of when??

  • anup5245 on December 30, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Hope we start blooding Sanju Samson as Dhoni's replacement for the test matches at least..More sense in investing in a 20 year old rather than Saha who might play for another 4-5 years.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Missed the chance for a Paul Collingwood at the SCG. Not in terms of the faded batting talent, but in terms of giving the team a chance to give a Dhoni send off in hopeful style. This feels like a face-saving cop out from a losing captain with no hope of contesting the final test.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Good decision....Putting team ahead.....

  • Gopal321 on December 30, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Well done Dhoni. You are the only captain who has won T20, the World Cup and lead his country to #1 Test team position. Great job MS. Win us another World Cup.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    One thing is clear - Dhoni didn't want to play under anyone.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Grt decision Mahi, well played and not waiting for any milestone, really an unselfish decision.

  • Ujjwalpraharaj on December 30, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    we need u dhoni. not at all great decision....

  • agnitroy on December 30, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    This was always on the cards given his overseas record as a captain.. However, not at all a good decision in the middle of a series.. He could have continued playing in tests as a wicketkeeper-batsman though supporting the team.. Was he scared of losing at SCG and thus such a hasty decision after salvaging a draw with his own performance? Or is there something else that's brewing inside? Shocking really!!!

  • BSRathi on December 30, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Those who are so much criticizing Dhoni as a wicketkeeper batsman please check records. he is in top 10 wicketkeeper batsman ever played in test cricket.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    India will never find a Captain like MS. Kohli is a good batsman but he can't be a good captain for India at all.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    good decision ms. u could have completed d series. but still I congratulate u

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Good decision.....Dynamic cap KHOLI

  • black_bird on December 30, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    No. The test cricket just lost the best player ever. He was good enough to play for another 5-6 years easily.

  • shashwat0904 on December 30, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    It's a welcome decision for the Team India. No doubt he has been the best ODI captain so he must focus only on the WC2015. However, it is sad to know we wont be able to see him again in the white jersey!!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    only reason he failed overseas : No dynamic fast bowler in the squad. #TheBestCaptain

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Thank God and its a wise decision by Dhoni as well because the BCCI were ready to sack him after this series. Dhoni was in test squad only because of his captaincy position. His batting average in test especially away from home is poor. 6 consecutive SERIES LOSS abroad has caused him to make this decision.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Good decision, was under performing and always defensive. Agree with the above comments, he should've announced his retirement after the fourth test.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Timely decision, this will benefit India in tests and MSD overall. Test Cricket is very demanding and it would help him to gain adequate rest and focus in the other forms of cricket where his presence is much needed both as a leader and player. I am big fan of him, but he was quite average as a test player and captain compared to his ODI and T20 exploits....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    timely decision to quit .. virat has the potential to captain the side for another 6 to 7 years...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    True gentle man true leader for Indian cricket

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Had he retired before the series the result could have been different.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Dhoni taken the right decision and now his concentration is much on world cup 15......

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    But he looks great as a captain. :(

  • Gopal321 on December 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Well done Dhoni. You are the only captain who has won T20, the World Cup and lead his country to #1 Test team position. Great job MS. Win us another World Cup.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Well that escalated quickly.....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Can Ishant Sharma take a cue from Dhoni please? Most over rated player of recent times.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Very bad news for Indian Cricket... Kohli can't lead the Team he will lose his temper...

  • santosh_sipu on December 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    He should have left the captaincy.. Bt shouldn't have retired...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Very Good decision. Better late then never

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    its an inevitable decision which team India really require at this moment. Dhoni's ideas and batting is outdated and couldnt able to contribute benifits to Indian batting for recent times. GO out Dhoni, welcome KOhli.....

  • Anuzzz on December 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Sad to see Dhoni go.. but BCCI should take a leaf from here and bring back Naman Ojha in the squad.. Naman is a better keeper than Saha and a better bat than Rahul..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    BCCI had blind faith in MSD any other board should have shown him the door long ago considering the poor track of last 6 overseas series.

  • CKansal on December 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Very nice decision taken by Dhoni. All the Best to Dhoni and the Indian Team for ICC World Cup 2015. Also All the Best to Virat Kohli for his new role.

  • bijendrasinha on December 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    on the field he may not have taken those game changing decisions in recent years.. but here his decision is spot on. #RespectTheCaptain he indeed gave India a strong leader in himself and now leaving behind an young energetic #ViratKohli . well timed shot very much like his #HelicoptorShot All the Best to him for his #ODI assignment.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    A good news for indian cricket team .

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    finally a good decision

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Very good! It was going nowhere! Exemplary!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    We all Should respect his decision. Proud to be a dhoni fan that he make India No.1 in Test Cricket won several series i.e in NZ 09, SA 1-1 in (10-11) etc. servral moments he give to us the only captain who may loss to austrlia twice but he's the only captain win 8 out 8 matches in India against Australia.

  • sandeepknk on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Finally disaster going out from indian team,good for India test team.I will watch test matches from next game onwards

  • yoohoo on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    @venkateswarlu84 - you will now realise after a few matches how important he was to the team.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    well well, that's a news.. after a brave effort to try to win tests in overseas, MSD settled himself with a draw.. cheers to MSD, he did everything he can from behind the stumps..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    thank goodness but a couple of years too late. a test captain has a shelf life of 4-5 years.

  • talhanaik on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    wow!!!!!!!!!! that seems like dream come true...............

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Must have done earlier

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Good Decision from a very good player and captain. I think he has done a great job as captain. Winning Test Matches overseas is a mysery that India has been facing since long, No Dhoni Fault At All. Only time will tell that.

  • subratiter on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    This is shocking news!! Just before the World Cup 2015... Indian players will morally go down.. Virat is good..BCCI this resignation should not accepted. Players are having more bad time in other Countries

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Good decision but very bad timing!!! captain retiring in the middle of an overseas series is. never a good news for the team

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    The best in my sight India or the Subcontinent ever produced as a leader greater than Imran Khan in my eyes. Thanks for entertaining the World of Cricket. Respect from across the border!

  • satchander on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    The best news I have heard since "Tendulkar's retirement news". Both simply prolonged their careers in spite of poor performances for a long time in Test matches. Dhoni still is a good ODI player and I would still want him to lead India in WC 2015.

  • InsideHedge on December 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    He needed to go but at the end of the Test series. This will create un-necessary media speculation. Ironically, the decision will mean one of Dhawan or Pujara will now be saved when in reality both need to be dropped. India can only make so many changes.

    Of course, the serious issue is with the abysmal bowling. At least we won't have to hear MSD telling us that the bowlers are learning and need some more time. As an example, Ishant has played 60 Tests and we're supposed to be impressed that in the 2nd inns, he finally managed to bowl some good length balls. Test cricket is not for learning BASIC skills.

    Hopefully, MSD is fully available for the limited overs formats.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    It's a good decision by Dhoni.. but, Kohli's attitude and behavior is not good at all for India team as a captain.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Brave decision .. He is different !!! Unlike other captains who were asked to leave, Dhoni never let others take his decisions .. A brave cricketer who changed the face of Indian cricket .. Who proved that India could win tests in tough countries like NZ, SA and Australia .. We miss you DHONI

  • gmsjgmsj on December 30, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Sad end to his test career. While many people are in glee over his insipid captaincy, please do consider that as a test bowling side India were never in international class. We could never take 20 wickets in a test match and that has been our woe from post April 2011. With no bowling support, MS manfully tried to play it the only way he knows like in ODIs - stem the flow of runs and build the pressure.

    Even in this Ind-Aud series, so many bad balls were bowled by Shami, Aaron and Yadav in an over after Ishant had impressed with consistency form the other end. What can MS do? No genuine spinners, no quicks, no all rounders like Kapil, no solid openers...

    But i also feel something fishy in the dressign room. Why retire before the WC? Something brewing up and that not good for the title defense. Maybe MS will also quit ODI captaincy before WC ?

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Good decision at right time, kholi is best for test

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Shocking News, retirement .. no way .. It should hv that he stepped down as captain ... and not RETIRE .. I agree he had worst overseas record, but at home he had good test record (One of India's greatest "HOME" Test captains under whose leadership India became the No. 1 team in the Test Rankings) .. MS Dhoni Please pull back TEST retirement ..

  • dhruvonium on December 30, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Great decision...handing over to Virat at a time of his ascendancy! Absolute "guts" from Dhoni..typifies the guy! Would have loved to seem him do well in Test cricked, but unfortunately, the format never loved him!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Good Decision but should have stuck around as a test player for one more test match before moving on ...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    For all those people who talk about Dhoni's Captaincy and said he was the worst captain, dont forget he was the one who led India to world No: 1.No other captain did that. Now India is in bad hands, Virat will surly not fit to lead India, with his worst temperament he has.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    So all the hypes around declaration, results etc. were finally over. So the difference between AUS and IND is 48 RUNS,,,If we got that runs in Adelaide then the story will be different now.. We never going to win a test match with only four bowlers.. Playing Raina is not a bad option IMO as it will less some burden for the other bowlers. I want to know one thing,,how long will Dhoni play in the longer format?

    I just now typed all these things

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Good Move... if you can't do well then give way to youngsters.... respect for MSD

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Dhoni retires from Test cricket effective immediately, I hate to say this being a die hard Sachin Tendulkar's fan but Indian team is going to miss MSD more than they missed Sachin in the Indian team. This retirement will have the same effect as the retiremen of Gilchrist on the Australian team. Anyways the greatest Indian wicket-keeper batsman to play the game..........wishing him luck............

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Should have done long time ago. Dhoni destroyed Indian Test Cricket.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Dhoni is best captain in all formats Very sad news for india

  • Shaggy076 on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Completely surprised thought he dobbed the Kohli/Dhawan spat to the media to protect his captaincy. There is something Kohli still needs to learn from Dhoni as he is a great statesman of the game and doesnt give the opposition much ammunition in the media. He can look for excuses but he is a statesman in global diplomacy and this is the area I fear with Kohli.

  • Harish_Ravi on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    timing not that good..but anyway worlds best player retires

  • vinjoy on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Dhoni's retirement is a POOR decision for so many reasons. (a) Announcing quitting midway on an important tour is always bad; not good for the team dynamics. Its distracting. But DHONI's approach has been like his batting., NO timing. (b) Even if Dhoni thinks that Kohli is a better man to lead (he would cite this reason now, for sure), he could have shown some courage and stepped down from captaincy only. However, I can't fault Dhoni because particularly the Indian cricketers have often been poor in timing their announcement.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Jai Ho. Good Bye Captain cool. You are good Captain in T20 and One Day Formats but worst in Test. Bye Bye from Whites. See u more years in color...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    mis u dhoni....

  • Davidmartin321 on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Dhoni is struggling in overseas conditions...so good decision by a True gentle man

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    I think they brought naman ojha in test he is best replacement of msd saha is not a long-term keeper but kohli is an attacking captain

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Oh MS, What have you done? Retirement in the middle of the series? You are one of the most respected Indian Cricketers and we didn't want to let you go like this. While a lot of people criticize your test captaincy, your stats show that you are the most successful captain for India even in tests with 27 wins in 60 test matches. Retiring not just as captain, but also as a player? It is defenitely early and shocking. Anyway, we have to respect your decision end of the day. Hats off to you captain cool. I don't usually post comments, Cricinfo - please publish this.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    I think that's an immature decision taken by dhoni. He should have stepped down as captain and could have played few more test matches as we don't have any experience guys left in the team. And then he should have retired once rahane, kholi gets handful of test experience.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Good News for Indian Cricket. Awesome!!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Not sure if loss of such a good keeper batsman can be made good soon. I'd have been much happier if he just resigned as captain and continued as a keeper and top order batsman. May be too much cricket for him to handle.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Well done Dhoni, you have served Indian cricket with full heart. Good luck for World Cup

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Better late than never. He has been a fantastic limited overs player/ captain for India. But as a Test captain, he has made a big contribution to India sliding from no. 1 in 2011 to no. 7 now. Poor Test captaincy has, sadly, been his hallmark.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    He has been thinking of this quite some time. He has taken a correct decision. All the best MSD for the Tri series and World Cup.

  • PaiKishan on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    who will be backup keeper for india

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    He is very inspired and true leader .He can still enjoy with his capitancy but realise to give chance to young players . Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St Tests 90 144 16 4876 224 38.09 8249 59.11 6 33 544 78 256 38

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    I'm not a Dhoni fan but I think he should get retirement with good farewell. Actually as a Sri Lankan fan i don't like him. But as a cricket fan i think Dhoni should not retire like this even in test cricket. He should get good farewell he deserve it. He is not a good test player, but he should get some good farewell.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Decision was expected.... but not an worst captain..... People remember he is the only captain who made INDIA No. 1 test team in world cricket.... He is the captain who brought world cups, and made INDIA a No. 1 team in world.... Who brought 2 WORLD CUP's for INDIA...

    All The Best INDIA for WORLD CUP 2015

  • praneet on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    I think he should have withdrawn the captaincy instead of retiring.

  • sam6e on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    New year...new captain and new begining...I wish he is knocked out from ODI captaincy too so that the indian team is selected on merit basis not franchise basis

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Wow!!! Thought he would retire after this series........ Don't know how this will affect his mentality in the ODI's. Still he's been gracious and decided to not tarnish his already mediocre test record any more.......... Hats of to a great entertainer!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Should have done earlier......... no point in playing a game when u r not liking it or not competitive enough after a certain limit

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Reading through the comments, dont think anyone remembers that India was the No:1 test side under his captaincy. A captain is only as good as his players. Yes Kohli has been impressive. But am sure the same bunch will cry for his blood as soon as we loose a couple of series!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Love the Dhoni Play and manage team.....India will badly miss him

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Well done Dhoni. right thing to do. He was lacking ideas off late and good to see him go. thanks a lot for your contribution to indian test cricket. wish virat good luck.

  • vissu295 on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    He can concentrate on ODIs and the world cup now.. he doesn't enjoy test cricket that much, so it's a good decision for himself and the team as well. Saha should be capable enough to replace Dhoni in tests, particularly in overseas conditions. Maybe full time captaincy will have calming effect on Kohli

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Suddenly a shocking decision from one of Indias greatest captain and wicket keeper.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Suddenly a shocking decision from one of Indias greatest captain and wicket keeper.

  • gladiator1976 on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Dhoni have served indian cricket well. Especially when playing in sub continent conditions. He did not have the best technique but he did what was necessary for his team.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    MS Dhoni has retired from test cricket, following the series loss against Australia..Probably one of the greatest captain India has ever had, our players should learn from this and retire on their own rather then being on the mercy of selectors....

  • rajakumar-rengasamy on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Good decision dhoni.. Thanks for your wonderfull effort as a test captain. Time to rest.

  • krishstarofcricinfo on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    A great turning point of Indian Test Cricket.... Time to celebrate...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    The Test of the tenacity of virat as a capacity and captaincy needs will start now Dhoni s cool head would've gone to. Six

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    As a captain Dhoni might not be missed but as a world class wicket keeper and a batsman will be missed.... will see know how team responds ....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Dhoni.. the man of his words.. remember the 2011 Oz tour when dhoni said he would retire in 2014... here it comes..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    sad to knw bt well played Dhoni. ...though, would hv been happy to see him play as othr player..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    i am pakistani but as a cricket fan or lover i like Dhoni. his is the best captain India got, his decision is not correct at this time because Kholi dont have ability to take the team ahead he just play for himself nothing els

    he is busy to making record but tam dont need records it needs some decision power.

    i saw people said he is poor captain. guys he is the only captain who sustain indian cricket and he is the only captain who have all trophies

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Expected but feeling bad too... as he was cool man & supporting to players... as well

  • deeprakesh on December 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Dhoni should have completed the ongoing series.. This Retirement has sent wrong message in world cricket... It was expected but not in current series... His retirement will effect his ODI captaincy also...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    We'll miss u Dhoni. All the best for your one day and T20 career

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    I think this was the right tie for the Decision, If he is not a captain their is no place for him in playing XI also, Virat has the capabilities of Sourav and which is good ...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Everyone blames Dhoni , however no one really gets it that , India's bowling line up is very poor and can not win matches , what Dhoni can do about it . MSD one of the best ever, you will be missed. Hope to see for for at least 2 more yrs in ODI and T20. Best wishes !!!!!

  • Rags57 on December 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Shocking decision - especially the timing before the final test. He could have stepped down as Captain and played a few tests under Kohli - that way the transition would have been smoother as well. But I for one am surprised at so many haters of Dhoni going by the number of people who are overjoyed by the decision. He may have been defensive in his tactics as a captain but given the quality of pace bowling at his disposal I am not sure if India could have won substantially more tests even if some one more attacking had captained India. In any case Dhoni has been different from everyone else in timing his decision - he was not worried about records, did not want to cling on to his captaincy or test place. Hats off to one of the greatest cricketers ever to have played the game for India.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Shocking at first but then after so many losses outside Asia and a Test ranking of 6 or 7, this was inevitable. I did not expect him to retire from test cricket though. He may have performed really well as a keeper and a batsman without the pressure of captaincy.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    No..... MSD, every captain has had bad series, India has been fairly competitive in this series. You are the best captain India has had in couple of years.The title "Captain Cool" wil always be yours. You gave Indian team your best all the time. Hope you do well in future and win the world cup for us. Best of luck.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Surprising move, but I guess it was about time. Only unfortunate thing is that this decision is coming after India lost the series.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Thala surely we will miss you, the unorthodox field setup and brave decision like you were doing, going to miss all, thanks for your contribution, Concentrate on ODI's and the world cup which is nearing soon. Love you Thala#MSD...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Am unhappy with this news. .so sad. ...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    I think he made a very good decision... Unnecessarily taking blames all the times whenever team loses... You are a Champ Dhoni... We support you like always...:-)

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    expected.all the best virat

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    dhoni...u r da legend...all da bst..mis u a lot..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    It is shocking news for the entire Indian cricket

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    India needed him to be in playing 11 if not the captain.shocked

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Hard decision before the start of Worldcup, india will miss the best tactical mind captain in test cricket. He failed and raised so many times, no matter whatever other says, he kept his head up right. bold and timely decision. Salute to the best ever Indian Cricket Team captain MS Dhoni...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Good news for India in test and it will also help Dhoni to concentrate on odis and will prolong his career in shorter version where he is master. In test cricket his mindset was very defensive. Selectors should now give free hand to Kohli in longer version to build this unit into very good one

  • sanjaykk on December 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    there goes indian tail. So after 5 it is all over in the next 20 runs! there is no wicket keeper who is in dhonis class! saha is no dhoni by any stretch of the imagination. they will have to get some top guy to replace that spot! May be the other wojha!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    This is i was waiting for last few years.. Especially after losing 8 consecutive tests in England and Australia..And then 1-2 against England at home..Dhoni was never a good test palyer..poor captain..and very conservative captain and risk averse..not proactive enough to win tests overseas or not good enough to grab momentum and to convert into win..welcome win..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Hope this young blood will make history at Sydney.

    Why should we depending on experienced players..? If new player plays 4 test series, he will get experience. Give chance to youngster...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Good Decision !!! Late But still acceptable !

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Not many captains took responsibility for poor results and dragged on till someone pushed them out. He retiring at such an early age is a first of a kind for indian cricket. Respect

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    i am pakistani but as a cricket fan or lover i like Dhoni. his is the best captain India got, his decision is not correct at this time because Kholi dont have ability to take the team ahead he just play for himself nothing els

    he is busy to making record but tam dont need records it needs some decision power.

  • airbus380india on December 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    A bit surprised, but as I always he made a right decision at the right time. He lead India till the end of 2014. First match 2015 is a test match and he has handed it over the the new leader who everyone belives is going to be the next gen captain for India. So New Year, New Captian. Hats off to you MS for leading and building an Indian team. Enjoy the WC now.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    This is a good decision on Dhoni's side. Though for the kind of contribution he has made to Indian cricket both in Tests and ODIs (despite a poor overseas record, he took our side to No. 1 in Tests, which is commendable), he deserved to go out on a high in a home series.

    But I believe, this decision has come in good time. Virat Kohli is the future and it is good to give him the reins now, when he is in peak form to build this Test team around him. He first needs to look at strengthening our bowling attack and work out strategies of bowling out the tail of teams effectively.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Very sad day for all Dhoni fans. All those hailing Virat Kohli as a great captain will soon bight their words. He is way too immature and crazy for media hype to be a long term successful captain. I think we as Indian team fans have got so used to Dhoni's excellent handling of the press that we've started to take it for granted. Dhoni had some tactical limitations but there is a lot about his captaincy and batting that will be missed. Unfortunately, knowing Indian fans, they will realize this only months later!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    He was not enjoying the GAME,Took the right decision.Good Luck for WC 2015

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Thank God! Dhoni is great... But only in limited overs format.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Only Dhoni can do!!! He is unique personality!! Hats off to Dhoni

  • KALPANA. on December 30, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    OMG.. A huge decision. Can't believe this is happening. I was expecting him to retire from tests after completing 100 test matches. But this is a shocker.. Certainly. In the hindsight, he knew he would be sacked and not even considered as a test player in future. So, retiring was the best option. Similar to what Ganguly did.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Too early to retire

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Decision….Wise decision. He's been a champion player and captain. He did the right thing and timing probably just right. Great cricketer. Will surely Miss #MSD in whites. Not even a farewell test for #msdhoni #Bizarre #cricket

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    While it was inevitable and a welcome decision, let's take a moment to appreciate Dhoni for whatever (little that may be) that he did for India.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    He should have left captaincy but not retire , should continue as wicket keeper.

  • prithviraok23 on December 30, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Perfect decision but a little too late

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    He is without a doubt a wonderful Captain.But his tactics did not work well in tests. Good decision, he was neither good in batting nor in handling the resources well.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    While it was inevitable and a welcome decision, let's take a moment to appreciate Dhoni for whatever (little that may be) that he did for India.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Good Player!! Will miss him in tests

  • Cric__Dude on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    @Praveen Raj whats wrong? He is not retiring from cricket entirely. He will be playing WC15. I wish and hope he wins the WC15.

  • Tap1918 on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Its very unbelivabledescion,ihope its the effect in dressing room.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    He should have continued as a player handing over the captaincy to Kohli. India still needs him as a wicketkeeper batsman, at least for one year.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    MSD retiring after being the fall guy for India's overseas debacles speaks volumes about his leadership. His captaincy may be lacking aggression but certainly the team wasn't ready for a new captain beforethis tour. Imagine Virat Kohli as a captain in the England series with his lack of runs and volatile temperament. Thanks MS!

  • rajnish7 on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Really stunned to hear!!!!on dhoni's part it is really a sensible move considering his test record...now world will get to know how tough it is to captain indian test team without any spearhead who can burst through any opposition(critics have always blamed dhoni of being too defensive and blah blah...without understanding the match situation...feeling very sad that he didnt allow his team mates to carry him on their shoulder for a farewell lap!!!! True world leader...

  • srikanths on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    He did well in India and as a ODI captain. Let us not denounce due to bad Test overseas performances. Bowling was terrible

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Good for Indian cricket! Hope overseas record of India will improve.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    He always be an example ( including retirement) for other cricket players in both on and off the filed. All the best Mahi

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Good decision on time by Dhoni.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Good decision! Kohli is best to lead at this stage.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    at last some some gud news...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Wellll... (like MS Dhoni starts his statements). This had to happen! Nobody can take away his glory of limited over internationals but no one can forget his failures in Test Cricket! Given our track record in recent past.. there is only on way.. that is up!

  • aby_97 on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Selfless, I must say.124 runs away from 5000 Test Runs.A milestone for a wicket keeper batsman.6 dismissals away for 300 dismissals test cricket.10 matches away from 100 Test Matches.Then, he retired at a very crucial junct

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Great new years's gift !!!

  • ut4me87 on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Worst Test captain in modern times. Allowed the game to drift, bad wicket keeper but good enough batsman. We look back to days of Ganguly, now look forward to the days of Kohli.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Its sad to see that Indians are criticizing Dhoni for his performance as bad performer !! Wake up guys he is the most successful captain India ever produced. He has top leadership quality. He is risk Taker not Risk Averse. Amazing Sportsman !!

  • prasanna on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Great decision, he will be remembered for this efforts to save this test. India needs him in ODI till the 2019 World cup and now he can focus on the format he loves and leave behind him a rich legacy as one of the great finishers in world cricket.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Dhoni shud've stayed for 4th test (as a player!)

    Anyway now that he's gone the side for 4th test should be

    #1 KL Rahul #2 Vijay #3 Pujara #4 Kohli #5 Rahane #6 Raina #7 Ashwin #8 Bhuvi #9 Aaron/Akshar Patel #10 Umesh #11 Ishant

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Dhoni should have waited 6 months so Virat took the job when he is ready for it. Virat needs to develop a greater sense of keeping a cool head

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Good decision!! before 2015 WC

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Yes test cricket is safe hands now but still ODI team is critical, poor team selection for world cup 2015, team like INDIA A team.

  • Rajiv007 on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Great decision...hats off to Dhoni. Thanks you have been a wonderful captain all these years and earned respect from everywhere but no point hanging around when your leadership bringing only DEFEATS. BTW nice not to lose your last TEST.

  • akheel_aa on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Instead of persisting with Saha, India should look at Uthappa for Tests. He is a wicket keeper and opening batsman. India need someone for both.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    good decision....virat kohli rocks....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Thank God...at last...Good move MSD...you were never up to Test Match.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Brave and Clever decision..It's only possible with Dhoni!!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Probably deserved a better send off. Nevertheless one of the best ODI cricketer ever who disappointed me big time time in test.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Thank God Finally..... Best Decision for Indian Test Cricket Future !!!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Dhoni groomed Young Indian Cricketers and made them to fight as unit

  • niazbhi on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    That's a huge surprise... without captaincy Dhoni would be under pressure to keep his place in the team (his batting average is not much worse from other indian batsmen other than Puajara, but he may not be india's best wicketkeeper). I do feel Kohli is talented... but too aggressive to be a great captain... Dhoni also came as a superbly talented wicketkeeper batsman with courage and calmness... now he retires at an young age

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    a good decision....there would be many smiling now..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Good Decision... Expecting a good lead from Virat Kohli...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    All the best MSD! All the best Virat!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Shocking.. :O In spite of few failures he was one of the best Test captains India had.. Thanks for everything and All the very best for Virat

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Right decession @right time . Looking forward to see Virat's magic in the coming era

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Good news... But bit sad he could not test success overseas due to pathetic bowlers.best of luck KOHLI

  • ibrahim_bm on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Finally !! But Expected..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    it is good for Indian cricket as he is past his expiry date by more than a year. hope kholi does not bring in his own set of new favorite players... this team is good enough with minor changes...

  • Cric__Dude on December 30, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Good decision by Dhoni though I am a big fan of him. He is playing non-stop cricket from years. And his game is not suited for longer formats. Also his way of captaincy is not great for tests. Let him play for few more years in ODI and T20 formats. Time for CM Gautam and Sanju Samson to show their talent and win games for India. KL Rahul can also be developed as a keeper. He is a short term keeper. If he is trained properly, he is a good prospect.

  • Siva_Bala75 on December 30, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    He could have retired after playing the Sydney test

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    OH!!!! MS you were my favourite player of cricket.WHY?Just lost one series and you have retired from test cricket.Will look forward you in the World Cup

  • Blackholesun on December 30, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Wrong timing Mr Dhoni ! You have just cemented Australia as a place where career ends in between the series.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Dhoni is still young dont know why he has declared he is a gud player nd Gud Person I read that they have some team issued

  • balajik1968 on December 30, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    The timing is poor. He could have waited until the end of the test series.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Not good, after loosing match and taking immature decision in other countries.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Shocking decision. However bad his batting is for test cricket, we don't have a quality replacement for him.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    I agree with @nick. Last few years pulling india back with his poor tactics Never did rate him

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Whaaat....why mahi...we love you...you r the beat in india...how could u leave india in test cricket...dislike...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    If I was Dhoni, I would retire from all formats and say 'so long haters' ... that will teach the hypocritical indian fans a lesson when they get out in the early stages of the world cup ..

  • anver777 on December 30, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    I think Dhoni should have completed the entire series and then announced the retirement !!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Wow thats a good decision and great news for Indian Cricket team

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Dhoni retires from test cricket!!!!!!

  • chougle.azhar on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    right decision mahi, ,,,,,

  • jprakash504 on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Good news to India ! This is the best decision ever taken by Dhoni #TheBestCaptain !

  • gagan_deep on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Sudden retirement..Little bit s'prize. He can retire after completing the series. Well his overseas records was very poor since last couple of years. But we should not forget that Indian Team was moved to no.1 rank under his captainship as well. But since last 2 years he seems very defensive Captain in Test Cricket. Overall he was the best wicketkeeper batsman in Test Cricket so far for India.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    He should have retired from captaincy only.

  • mlscricfan on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Dhoni may not be a good captain overseas, but he is one of the best in Asia. Ind will miss his captaincy in Asia.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Good Decision. Dhoni does not hold back, at the first instance when he feels the team will move forward and do well n needs fresh legs.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    You have done a great job with the cards you were given. All the best for the world cup, Cap. Indian Test team will look little bland now!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Good timely decision. This is why I love this player, this captain. Quick decision maker, he is. #Respect.

  • sanjaykk on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    if you want your hair to go white then become indian captain. I liked kohli as the wise captain and let some body else be bothered with india captaincy. raina was the best guy but he did not keep his place, gautam gambhir is the best choice as a serious gautam gambhir is totally different( he won 2 ipls's). So hope it wont effect kohlis run making and aggression! some how I felt dhonis time is up. It will be quite sad if he retires all together after world cup! it looks like it!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    A true legend....Will be missed.... He knew his time has come..... A very brave and good decision.... Will miss you..... God bless

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Too late, but fair decision...!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Its Good for Indian cricket.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Was about time!!! India has to think beyond MSD and he was pretty useless in tests anyway.... Hope we find someone better than Riddhaman saha by the way..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Its a surprising decision in the mid of a series. An appropriate call would have been that he retires post the Sydney test. Is all the criticism finally getting to the captain cool? Anyways he was running out of time. I hope this provides an opportunity to Saha, Sanju and Naman Ojha!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Timely retirement.. Brave decision..

  • Ujjwalpraharaj on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Really. he is best captain we have... he should not. he should carry that burden

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    good for indian cricket team

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Thanks for everything MSD.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Never rated him as a test player,let alone a test captain

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    NOt the great decision to say..... but worth it.....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Whyyyyy that's really sad for cricket !!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    That's a poor way to depart! Thanks nevertheless MSD!

  • DCP1985 on December 30, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Very very shocking indeed, expecting his retirement from test cricket though but a little later. End of an ERA not just as a captain but as a wicket keeper batsman he has done exceptionally well. By-far the best wicket keeper batsman India had ever produced. All the best to Kohli the future captain and all the best to wriddiman saha the rock solid keeper.

  • Prats_27 on December 30, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    What! When! Why? Shocking! Totally unexpected. Don't know the impact on rest of the Indian team

  • SnehitBorse on December 30, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Good decision Mr. Dhoni... We are eagerly waiting for your retirement announcement from ODI and T20 too

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Shocked by hearing this now.

  • _PrashantSingh on December 30, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Great News- in Wrong time. He never looked connected to his job anyways.

  • krishstarofcricinfo on December 30, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    One of most surprising things in World Cricket is Dhoni managed to play 90 test matches...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Gr8 man taken the gr8 decision and at gr8 and right time....I don't have other words to discribe on Dhoni's decision. Hats off Dhoni Bhai and all the very best ...you have contributed a lot for Indian Test cricket (Become No1. team under your captaincy) and we are confident that you will continue to contribute in limited over matches.....once again hats off Dhoni bhai...u r real cricketer with right attitude....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Dhoni had a nataral instinct to attack and play powerful on-orthodox shots. In tests, he had to restrain his natural game and was indecisive lately with his shot selections. This indecisiveness usually led to his dismissal more often than not in recent years where he was unable to adapt to a batting style required for test matches. This could be a possible reason for the retirement

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    This is called self respect .....Hats off to the great player MS the living Legend

  • Teja9 on December 30, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Good decision by MSD. He leaves before he is asked to....

  • AncientAstronaut on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Wow! That was unexpected, and to be honest, a welcome decision. Dhoni's test captaincy was terrible, especially abroad. Kohli is energetic, optimistic, and a terrific batsman. It's the right time for him to take over. Thank you, Dhoni, for leaving at the right time.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Thank god!! Better sense prevailed finally!

  • agnitroy on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Shocking... He could have continued as a player though...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    sudden & shocking

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Good decision by dhoni..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Here starts India's struggle to find one wicketkeeper batsman.. Hope they won't mess up as they did before MSD came into the team..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Really india need dhonee and as pakistani fan, i will miss dhonee. Haroon Sulaman ACA Faisalabad.

  • rhome on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    I wonder what was the back stage discussions / arguments happened after this match

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Expected after England series, he was never a good test player, leave alone to be a test captain.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Correct decision at correct time

  • DeTurzo on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Whole world is shocked!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    this was a bad decision by dhoni. He should have stayed till India get a better wicket keeper batsmen. By far dhoni is the best Indian wicket keeper across all formats. KL Rahul needs some time to get his batting right in the international level. Anyways even though not a great player in Test he is by far the best wicket keeper batsmen for india and a man with a golden touch.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    shocking news....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    at least he deserved to play the last match of the series

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    thats inconsiderate! he should have played the last match before retiring!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    I have been typical critic of dhoni and always wanted him to retire from test cricket . But don't know why suddenly I feel that he should have played retirement match atleast.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Sad decision from an outstanding captain.. Respect for Dhoni From Pakistan,Sindh.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Not Fair. Dhoni shouldn't done this to india

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    I am heart broken...everybody goes through a lean patch..I am sure a lot of people have been asking for this head..but to go out this way? Not good at all...

  • PaiKishan on December 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Good decision..His over seas record is pathetic. Robin utthapa should be the wicket keeper batsman for india

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Absolute shocker !! Anyway Congrats to Dhoni for his wonderful services to Indian test cricket. This gives him the necessary rest to concentrate on short formats.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    good decision

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    MS Dhoni now becomes the Indian captain to score most runs in Tests MS Dhoni - 3452* Gavaskar - 3449 Azhar 2856 Ganguly 2561 #DhoniTheMass

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    I know that he hasn't done particularly well in away tests either as a batsman or as a captain - but I feel terrible thinking that this might be the beginning of the end of the great Dhoni era. ODI and T20 retirements might not be far away. For all his struggles in test, he was a beloved captain. Go well, dear sir. You have been a great fighter :(

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    do not know if its a good news or bad. but his test form was pretty poor recently. glad he was out there fighting for a draw in his last test and also took a couple of neat catches. all the best MSD, your contributions will not be forgotten by any Indian towards Indian Cricket. cheers

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Common..You cud have waited till WC 2015...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    cannot still believe this decision came as fire India loosing upon captain cool really a worry or gain

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Its Late , but it is most welcome decision from MSD , as he doesn't deserves for the test captain of India . Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan along with Ishant Sharma should also ruled out from Team as they are real loosers to play in test squad.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Very good decision by dhoni it is too late , it good for indian cricket team , soon he may retire from odi after failure in upcoming 2015 world cup because probables 30 team is very like it like India A team.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    good decision dhoni! thanks for your wonderful effort in test cricket...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    Its a very shocking decision. He should Play as a Palyer.. we need him badly.. No body will replace him..... we don't have any wicket keeper.. all are waste ....

  • trumpoz on December 30, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    After the performance of Virah Kohli as captain the end of the series was the right time to hand over. Somewhat perplexed by the timing - congratulations on a long test career.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    Wow......shame he is going like this but will be respected for letting it go.....on his own terms....he is world class player but much suited for shorter form of game.....

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    cricinfo, plz acknowledge i predicted this 5,6 hours ago even before the end of the match. Good decision a year late though !

  • PriyankGupta_CHD on December 30, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    Shouldn't have retired. It would had been better if he would had played with Kohli and helped him in making decisions.

    Still... Now we have Saha, Naman, Samson, Dinesh and Robin... Lets hope we get a good Test keeper and batsmen.

  • Prakashjha1389 on December 30, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    so he realized he can not do better in tests. What an ending to the captain whose winning percentage was 100 once.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    Bad decision from dhoni.. better quit the capitancy and continue as a player too young to retire must guide other young players in the middle and lower order batting as well as in the dressing room .......but well done u r the best wicket keeper batsman india ever seen great career now starts india's problems more

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    simply one of the best captain in world cricket........ done great service to indian cricket.......

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    very SAD TO KNOW- one of the greats of the game is unnecessarily blamed for a while and now he takes this call. Want to see you back Mr. Cricket

  • sujeemuller on December 30, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    Good and calm player.. hat of from Sri Lanka. . Koli is a good player but he has to learn lot and hope he will not act as a child specially when India win ..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Nice move. He didn't have a good time as a captain since last few months.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Middle of series.. captain retires?? I know he had to go.. but middle of the series??

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    India has 19 players on this tour but not specialist test keeper now......

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Very smart move, albeit slightly delayed. But hats off to Dhoni to know when the time was right. Similar to Nasser Hussain's exit to pave way for Michael Vaughn. Dhoni will definitely go down as one of the better captains India has had. He has achieved all that he wanted, so I laud his decision to step down now.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    I know he has to. But not this way. Not at this time.

  • BiSymonds on December 30, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Typical Dhoni. Left it until the very last minute.

    Should've quit 2 maybe 3 years ago.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Sad news :( . It is not a right time to take this decision .

  • venkateswarlu84 on December 30, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    The best ever thing happened to Indian cricket in recent years :) Cheer up India :)

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    I must say "Brave Decision" .........

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    We Miss you MSD #thala Waiting to see you in ODI.. hope you will get back cup again #WorldCup

  • cric_lver on December 30, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    what a shame..he should have at least play in sydney. Lol.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    Yay to all the fans who demanded it.. now let's just go and see what virat brings to the table with this, less than mediocre bowling attack... congrats virat for this crown of thorns that is now yours

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    I hope MS Dhoni has a great retirement< where he was a great player also a great captain for his country

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    Very Good Decision from MS Dhoni...really loved your gamble

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    Respect DHONI :) You are truly the GEM of Indian Cricket

  • pawan2428 on December 30, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    It's a decision which was expected,i feel very much for MS as his Test Career was not so good as per his caliber.Though he is a great leader but somehow he was not able to perform as batsmen for the team.I really pray that Indian Test Cricket is in safe hands of Virat Kohli

  • fulltoCricket on December 30, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    I think we will miss the captain cool. Today India would have lost the match if MSD wasn't there with Ashwin. All the best for the world cup MSD,Keep calm and do well.

  • bskotch27 on December 30, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    Why retirement when a resignation is sufficient. Is there a better wicket-keeper ? cant see w.saha or Dinesh karthik. Sad that he retired. Hope Virat will usher a brave attitude to the Indian team.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    shocking news for me....a legendary warrior

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    good decision msd hope ur jalwa shows in short format

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    OMG!!! I was expecting him to lose his captaincy. This decision has came from nowhere. Desperately waiting for more information.

  • chintanmistry on December 30, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    well played MS. Proud of your achievements.

  • vrazak on December 30, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    That's the best decision from MSD. Now he can focus on ODI & T20

  • talkcricnotrubbish on December 30, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    I knew it was coming sooner than later but he should have waited for one test match atleast. Anyway, he must have given a proper thought to it so have to honor his decision. Thanks a lot for serving indian Cricket.

  • Poonthamilarasu on December 30, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    this is not a right time to retire now, i think so...got shocked

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Right Decision and most favorable to Indian Cricket.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Very bad decision at this time. And now those who want that I think they will be happy, But I thought Dhoni is too early to take this decision

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    It was evident from his test form and it is good for Indian cricket too.

  • PPL11 on December 30, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    A Bit surprised with still a match to be played but really he can explode fully now in ODIs

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    selfless decision from Dhoni

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Dhoni has used his street smartness here. Rather than being dropped as test captain and player after this series, he retires with one test to go so that it looks like he's going on his own terms! Captain Cool does it again!

  • Vaughanographic on December 30, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Mid-test series? I wonder if he will get as much critiicism as Graeme Swann?

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    finally dhoni decided to retire, as he never justified his place in the test team. Dhoni would have never played so many test matches for India if he was not the captain. now india have a chance to blood someone in who is worth it. anyways , Dhoni is a great ODI player.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    What ?????????????????????? India need Dhoni's coolness more then ever and not Kohli's extravagent temper !!! Indeed he is not performing well as a batsmen in Test cricket,but still he is class apart and no one can replace him. Do you think likes of Saha/Naman Ojha can ever replace him. He still have lots of cricket in him and he must re think on this decision

  • Chris_P on December 30, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    MS has been a great servant to both India & cricket. I'm happy that he finished his career saving a test match. His legacy will be appreciated in coming tests.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    At last the decision came !!!

  • krishstarofcricinfo on December 30, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Good news for Indian Test Cricket...

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Really sad to see him go. But it was probably for the best. Dhoni's style of captaincy is not suited for test cricket, only for ODIs and T20s. India needs an aggressive captain like Ganguly for tests.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 30, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Not a moment too soon. India can finally move ahead.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Big loss for test cricket!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Ganguly united the Team India and Dhoni continued with that and had great success in leading the team well. Now the youngsters are groomed already to take over the leadership. Since Dhoni left, is there a chance for Sehwag, Gambhir or Yuvraj to return?

  • legfinedeep on December 30, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Good decision from Dhoni. Always good to leave on your own rather than being axed. Not sure Kohli is the right choice as captain, given the way he got completely ruffled and unsettled after Johnson threw at the stumps and struck him, but one can hope the added responsibility will make him calmer, more mature and less aggressive. Good luck.

  • INTUTIONSXI on December 30, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Well done Dhoni...You took right decision......Test match was not your cup of tea.....I respect you as a ODI and T20 Captain.

  • zeeshan.mehtab on December 30, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Captain cool was a great leader for India. I am pretty sure they will miss him badly. Specially when they would replace Captain Cool with The Red Hot Virat. I dont thing the team will bind well around Virat.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    MS this is not the right time.....................shocking to me................

  • usernames on December 30, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    No, dude, no, no, no, no. No.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    So we will have one more 'test' batsman fr the next match... :P

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Sad but the right decision

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Thanks a lot MSD..was waiting for it..

  • aseng on December 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Gavaskar retired when he had cricket left in him and said that one should retire when people ask why the player was retiring and not why he wasn't retiring. Dhoni should have retired after the England debacle.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    thts really surprising....but that was need i guess

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    not a good end for Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He deserves a good end of his career.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Wishing all the best for CWC 2015. You have take the right decision to retire from Test cricket. thanks for the memories.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Looking at current status of India in five day format, I strongly believe there is need to bring back experienced players like Gambhir, Sehwag, Harbhajan, Yuvraj. Young Blood combined with experience can do wonders. Moreover, Yuvraj and sehwag have shown some form lately.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Fantastic news.This was much needed.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Sad Sad News.... Legend, we will miss your leadership skills, captain like MSD born in generations

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Great Career Dhoni well played, I guess you under achieved in test cricket compared to the shorter form of the cricket but never the less great career

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    oh so early..

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    i am so disappointed....:(( will miss dhoni in white. almighty please make him play in colours at least for 3 years.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    RIGHT DECISION by dhoni. He did nothing during the last 5 overseas tours and was a walking wicket. I wish him all d best for the World Cup.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Best thing ever to happen to Indian cricket

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Good for Indian cricket. His tactics were poor.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Its Not a correct decision before WC15

  • ashes267 on December 30, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    great news .. finally he realized that he is not a good test player .. forget about the captaincy

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    That's a welcome decision. Well done Team India for a speedy decision here.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    The timing is not right but anyways it was inevitable. Dhoni has his share of great days and poor days. Anyways, wish him very good success in ICC World Cup 2015.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    This is shocking and welcome decision for Indian team.

  • BillyCC on December 30, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Good riddance. Worst captain ever in a side full of promise ever since he took over.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Shocking !!! but expected.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    India in safe hands now...!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    India in safe hands now...!

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Shocking !!! but expected.

  • BillyCC on December 30, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Good riddance. Worst captain ever in a side full of promise ever since he took over.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    This is shocking and welcome decision for Indian team.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    The timing is not right but anyways it was inevitable. Dhoni has his share of great days and poor days. Anyways, wish him very good success in ICC World Cup 2015.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    That's a welcome decision. Well done Team India for a speedy decision here.

  • ashes267 on December 30, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    great news .. finally he realized that he is not a good test player .. forget about the captaincy

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Its Not a correct decision before WC15

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Good for Indian cricket. His tactics were poor.

  • on December 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Best thing ever to happen to Indian cricket