STEPS DOWN AS CAPTAIN…

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India’s legendary captain,Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain but will still be available for selection, the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) said on Wednesday.”Mahendra Singh Dhoni has informed the BCCI that he wishes to step down as the captain of the Indian Cricket Team from the One-Day Internationals and the T20 Internationals formats of the game,” the BCCI said in a statement.

Dhoni not only holds the record for most matches as captain of an international side, with 331 games across all formats, but also is the only captain to have won all three ICC trophies — ODI World Cup, World Twenty20 and Champions Trophy.Considered India’s most successful ever captain, Dhoni stunned everyone when he announced his decision to quit test cricket in the middle of an Australian tour in 2014, handing the mantle to Virat Kohli who is likely to be also given the reins in the shorter formats.The BCCI, however, did not immediately name a successor.

The 35-year-old Dhoni, who was named captain in 2007, led the cricket-crazed country to the top of the world test rankings and is the only player to captain in more than 50 matches in each of the three formats.Having made his international debut in 2004, Dhoni, whose life inspired a Bollywood biopic in 2016, quickly rose up the ranks in Indian cricket.

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