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Dhoni to quit Test match format

Mumbai, July 24 (): Dhoni, India’s skipper who scripted a victory at Lord’s after 28 years made a statement that should have rattled the cricketing world. As India was busy pouring over statistics and singing praises of Ishant Sharma, Dhoni’s statement went unnoticed.

Dhoni who has captained India to win the World Cup and achieved many milestones in cricket said that this will be his last in Lord’s and added ‘for sure’ due to which it is memorable for him. This statement would have created headlines if Dhoni had said after India lost the game at Lord’s. This signals that Dhoni ,who had been at the helm of Test cricket as well one day and T20, might just pull away from Test cricket.

Dhoni, according to cricket analysts, has put in place a plan to gradually exit from Test cricket. It has to be gradual as the new incumbent has to be groomed for captaincy. BCCI too would not want Dhoni to quit all formats.

Maybe it is not the first time Dhoni had hinted at his exit, only that it was not taken seriously. At the age of 30, Dhoni who steered his team to victory in all ICC matches in January 2012, said that if he was to play in World Cup 2015, then he will have to give up one of the formats. However, he added that the decision will come in by 2013 end but it did not happen.

Two years and six months later, Dhoni at 33 is probably tired of international test cricket. Cricket analysts say that Dhoni might quit the game and exit after 2015 World Cup scheduled in Australia and New Zealand.

Dhoni’s name has been dragged into a match fixing case involving CSK and a court appointed probe is on. Srinivasan who owns CSK has now become ICC president. The concluded IPL was conducted under Sunil Gavaskar’s supervision as Srinivasan has been asked to keep away from BCCI till the probe is over.