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17th of October 2018


Left captaincy to give Virat Kohli enough time for 2019 World Cup: MS Dhoni - Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has revealed the reason behind his decision to leave the limited-overs captaincy. Speaking at a motivational event conducted by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in Ranchi, Dhoni said that he wanted to give the new captain Virat Kohli enough time to build his team for the 2019 ICC World Cup scheduled to be held in England and Wales. "I resigned from captaincy because I wanted the new captain (Virat Kohli) to get enough time for preparing a team before the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019," Dhoni, who led India to 2011 World Cup triumph, said. Dhoni quit the ODI and T20I captaincy in January 2017 to hand over the reign to Kohli. The veteran wicket-keeper batsman believed that his decision was a timely one as it gave Kohli more than two years to build his team. "Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain appropriate time isn't possible. I believe that I left the captaincy at the right time," the 37-year-old added. Dhoni had retired from Test cricket in December 2014 to fully dedicate himself to the shorter formats of the game. Read More

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