Today is the day when MS Dhoni shocked everyone with his decision of retiring from Test cricket. Nobody had an idea that the wicket-keeper was playing his last Test match of the career except his close teammate Suresh Raina.
In Broder-Gavaskar trophy (four-match Test series) 2014-2015, India failed to register the victory in the first two Test matches as Australia got the lead of 2-0. In the third Test match at Melbourne, Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami were the effective players. The then-captain MS Dhoni scored unbeaten 24 runs to save the third Test match.
In the post-match press conference of the third Test match, MS Dhoni shockingly announced retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect. Indian cricket fans were astonished by MS Dhoni’s retirement. The young player Virat Kohli was handed over the captaincy of the Test format. The last and the fourth Test match of the series was also drawn, and Australia won that series by 2-0.
Indian cricketer Suresh Raina was the only one who had an idea about MS Dhoni’s retirement.
“Nobody had a clue about retirement. He came up to me & said that ‘I have an extra-large (jersey). This is Double XL. Keep this!’ He was having his breakfast & not talking to anyone. So, I thought something is going to happen in the evening.”
"Nobody had a clue about retirement. He came up to me & said that 'I have an extra large (jersey). This is Double XL. Keep this!' He was having his breakfast & not talking to anyone. So, I thought something is going to happen in the evening.”
— Whistle Podu Army ® – CSK Fan Club (@CSKFansOfficial) December 30, 2019
Like the limited-overs formats, MS Dhoni was also a successful Test captain
MS Dhoni was the most successful Test captain of India before Virat Kohli took the team forward. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, the Indian team played 60 Test matches among which India won 27, lost 18 and drew 15. In total, the former Indian captain played 90 Test matches and scored 4876 runs.
Currently, Dhoni has taken a long break from Indian cricket. He is out of the action after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. His absence from the game has increased the speculation of his retirement from cricket.