India’s MS Dhoni retires from Test cricket to focus on shorter formats

The India captain, 33, announced his immediate retirement on Tuesday following the draw with Australia in the third Test in Melbourne. Virat Kohli will captain India for the fourth and final Test.
India captain MS Dhoni, left, shakes hands with Australia's Chris Rogers at the end of the final day of the third Test on Tuesday in Melbourne. Andy Brownbill / AP / December 30, 2014
India captain MS Dhoni, left, shakes hands with Australia's Chris Rogers at the end of the final day of the third Test on Tuesday in Melbourne. Andy Brownbill / AP / December 30, 2014

India captain MS Dhoni announced his retirement Tuesday from Test cricket shortly after his team lost a series against Australia.

Dhoni had chosen “to retire from Test Cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate” on 50-over and T20 cricket, said a statement from cricket authorities.

The announcement comes just weeks before India are due to begin their defence of the 50-over World Cup trophy that Dhoni lifted on home soil in 2011.

The statement also said star batsman Virat Kohli would captain the Indian team for the fourth and final Test against Australia that begins in Sydney on January 6.

While India managed to hang on for a draw in the third Test in Melbourne earlier Tuesday, it was not enough to prevent Australia from regaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The 33-year-old Dhoni, who is also the team’s wicket-keeper, took over as Test skipper in 2008 after a succesful spell captaining the one-day and T20 sides.

Under his leadership, India at one stage became the top-ranked Test nation. But they have struggled when playing away from home.

Before the series in Australia, Dhoni was in charge for a five-match series in England which India lost 3-1.

Dhoni ends his Test career with 4,876 runs at a 38.09 average in 144 innings. He made six Test centuries and 33 half centuries in 90 matches since his 2005 debut.

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Published: December 30, 2014 04:00 AM

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