BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel has said that they have no issues with Dhoni quitting midway through the test series. He also revealed that Dhoni would have remained as captain for the fourth test in case he had continued. Patel added that there was no way that the captain would have been replaced midway through the series.

Patel said, “He has been the best bet as the captain of the Test team. But his retirement has come as a big surprise. If he had not retired, he would have continued as the captain. In fact, there was no talk within the board about any change in captaincy at all, even at the selectors’ level. I was deeply shocked when he broke the news to me. We tried to make him reconsider his decision. But he is a lion-hearted cricketer and he knows what is best for him. “It’s sad that the Test team won’t have the services of Dhoni, but he has left behind a great legacy. Now, it’s time to cherish his contribution to Indian cricket in Test matches.”

Patel said that Dhoni deserved a place in the Test team. “He was the one of the most successful batsmen in the last England series. As a player, you can’t question his place in the team. But at the end of the day, you have to respect his decision also. He wants to concentrate on ODIs and T20s only and BCCI is right behind him. He is only 33 and has some solid years ahead of him where he will be mentally and physically fresh for all kind of challenge. If you ask me about my personal opinion, I would like to see him play till the 2019 World Cup. Dhoni must have thought time was up for him. The board has no complains that Dhoni left without playing the last Test in Sydney.” 

Asked about what he thought of new captain Virat Kohli Patel added, “Virat is an emotional cricketer but he is great fighter. Virat’s decision making has matured a lot. He will be fantastic captain.”

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