MS Dhoni’s retirement from Test Cricket after the third Test in Melbourne against the mighty Aussies came as a surprise to many. The first person to hear it was none other then BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel.
After the BCCI’s press release regarding Dhoni’s retirement, Patel told PTI that:
“MS is a very practical man. Today, he called up just after the Test match in Melbourne and told me that he wanted to retire from Test cricket. I asked him, ‘What happened are you injured or what?’ He just calmly told me, ‘No, I just want to quit Test cricket for good.’ He is an Indian captain and a distinguished cricketer. It’s his personal choice and I needed to respect that.
“I asked him, ‘Is it your final decision,’ and he told me, ‘Please wait a bit as I want to inform the boys about my decision and then you can make an official announcement.’ He duly called up and told me that I have informed the boys and you can go ahead. In the meanwhile, I also contacted chairman of selectors Sandeep (Patil) and Shivlal Yadav. Both felt that we should respect Dhoni’s decision.”
Patel believes that it wasn’t a decision Dhoni had made in haste and it was taken after due deliberations.
“I was a bit taken aback by the suddenness of his statement. But we had spoken about it before the Test also. Now what transpired between us is an internal matter but I can tell you that it wasn’t a decision taken in haste.
“You have to understand that Dhoni knows the rigours that his body has taken in Test cricket more than anyone else. But there isn’t a single murmur about his leadership in the shorter formats. There is no question of any change in that regard,” Patel added.
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