MS Dhoni’s retirement from Test cricket on December 30, 2014, shocked the cricket world. His last appearance in the Test format came against Australia in Melbourne.
No one expected the greatest connoisseur to call it quits before the end of the Test series. Australia were already on the front foot with two wins.
India fought out a drab draw in the third Test and little did the onlookers know Dhoni’s Test retirement was on its way after when he uprooted the stumps one last time.
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“I had no inkling about what he had in his mind but that’s typical of MS Dhoni. There are no half measures in what he does,” the Indian journalist, Rajdeep Sardesai who has been opening up Indian sensations was quoted saying in his book, Democracy XI.
Rajdeep Sardesai also revealed in his book that Ravi Shastri got shocked by the decision and he had absolutely no idea why MS Dhoni called curtains in his Test career.
MS Dhoni revealed that he thought it was the right time for him to make a move. He sensed that Virat Kohli was raring to lead the team and Saha was up for grabs as wicketkeeper. So, he calmly left the job.
“I just felt that it was the right time and the right thing to do. Virat was ready to lead the team and a young wicketkeeper was emerging in Wriddhiman Saha who I felt deserved more opportunities,” Dhoni said according to Democracy XI.
“Look we had lost the series so there was no point hanging on. Virat was in great form and deserved a go. As for Tests, to be honest, milestones don’t make a difference to me.
Maybe if I had played 100 Tests I would have thought otherwise, but I was happy with what I had achieved and was leaving with no regrets,” Dhoni said.