Wednesday 31 December 2014

MSD walked in Test Sunset

Everyday is happening something that leave you either surprised or Emotional bounded. On the Very same,Yesterday all of sudden, Indian skipper MS Dhoni surprised all cricket fans with his "Test Cricket Retirement" step. Many of us while feeling bit relaxed after a test drawn against Australia , who could think MSD has decided to give shock to all cricket fans. But as per records and stats suggest that he was not that much successful as a test skipper than ODI & T-20 skipper. Thus to give more attention on One day and t20 matches he gave up test cricket for better concentration in Short-format cricket. 
MSD left test cricket the way he entered without any fuss, farewell and without outpouring of emotions.
MSD retired from test cricket

 His Shocking retirement report was broken on BCCI's tweet feed after minutes of end of Melbourne test. According to that tweet, "MS Dhoni has chosen to retire from Test Cricket with immediate effect".

"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 statement said.
Test Career Stats of MSD

A look back at the career of India's most successful captain:-

December 2, 2005: Made his Test debut (30 off 54 balls) and holds a catch behind the stumps vs SL in chennai.
December 12, 2005: Scored his first Test fifty (51* off 51 balls) in the 2nd innings at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
January 23, 2006: Dhoni's 148 off 153 balls to help India post 603 against Pakistan's 588. The Test was drawn.
July 23, 2007: Helped in a nerve-wracking draw at Lord's, scoring 76* off 159 balls.
April 11, 2008: Leads in a Test for the first time in Anil Kumble's absence. India beat South Africa inside three days on a rank turner at Kanpur.
October 21, 2008: Dhoni won his first Man-of-the-Match award for innings of 92 and 68* in a 130-run win in the second Test against Australia in Mohali.
November 6, 2008: Dhoni takes charge as full-time Test captain with Kumble retired. India beat Australia by 172 runs in Nagpur to win the series 2-0.
April 7, 2009: Dhoni became the second Indian captain in 41 years to win a Test series in New Zealand.
December 6, 2009: Following a 2-0 series win over Sri Lanka, India become No 1 in the ICC Test rankings for the first time. Dhoni scores an unbeaten 100 off 154 balls.
February 18, 2010: India managed to keep their No 1 ranking with an innings win over South Africa at Eden Gardens. Dhoni made 132* off 187 blls
February 24, 2013: A first for Dhoni in Tests: a rollicking double-century (224 runs).
March 5, 2013: Dhoni became India's most successful captain who gone past Sourav Ganguly's record of 21 Test win.
March 24, 2013: Oversees India's first Test series whitewash over Australia by 4-0.
July 21, 2014: India win at Lord's for the first time in 28 years, arguably the most famous Test win under Dhoni.
December 30, 2014: Dhoni announces his retirement from Test cricket at the MCG after sixth consecutive series loss. 

Some Test Records and statics : 
  • Most test played as a skipper - 60 matches
  •  4th skipper to lead team in most time of span - 6 years
  • Highest win percentage among all Indian captains (minimum 10 test) - 45%
  • Captained in 60 matches: won 27, lost 18, Drawn 15.
  • Most runs by an Indian Captain in tests - 3454
  • Most dismissals by an Indian wicketkeeper in a test - 9
  • MSD in Test (Asia) : Captained 34, won 23, lost 4, drawn 7
  • Outside : Matches 26, Won 4, lost 14, drawn 8
  • Most wins by an Indian skipper- 27
  • Most Sixes as an Indian captain- 51
  • Higest runs in an inning as an Indian skipper - 224 (vs Aus, 2013)
  • Played Most tests in dual role as captain-keeper-60 
  • 3rd overall, wicket-keeper batsman to score highest runs - 224 runs
  • Most Runs as an international captain (5th player) -10003 runs 
    MSD taking away Stump during his final Test
 As a batsman, he retires with a total of 4876 runs at an average of 38.09, with six hundreds and 33 fifties in 90 matches. His Test best is 224 in a big win over Australia in 2013 at Chennai. Dhoni took 256 catches and 38 stumpings in 90 Tests.
Though he will continue to serve India in One day international and T20 matches but it is just like an era of practical game has retired. Dhoni infused a belief in small-town folks that they could rise to the top if they backed their talent. Many of his team mates and even other players from different countries wished him for best test career.
So what will we remember of MS Dhoni, the man from Ranchi who wore the number 251 on his white India shirt? The views can be different but one thing is sure that Dhoni has made changes possible by stepping aside. The timing will be debated, but it is the right choice.
On This Note, I Wishing Him All the best for World Cup 2015. 

Happy New Year 2015 

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