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Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s contribution to Indian cricket “cannot be measured in words”.
Gavaskar’s comments come just a few days after Dhoni announced his retirement from Test cricket.
“What he has achieved for Indian cricket is incredible, what he brought and his contribution cannot be measured in words,” Gavaskar said. “It just got a little too much for him. There were huge expectations, so they were putting a lot of strain on him. The overseas defeats and seeing the team concede 500 runs and bowling 100 overs in almost every Tests took a toll on his mind also. I have always said that a captain is as good as the team.
“He may have thought that it’s the right time to hand over Test captaincy to Virat Kohli. Virat was not affected by the captaincy as he reeled off a century in each innings. That’s why he is stepping away for Kohli, who is having fantastic series in Australia.
“This will give him more time to get his mind rejuvenated for the tri-series and World Cup.”