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India wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni has revealed that he decided to step down as limited overs captain in January 2017 in order to ensure there would be a smooth transition.
Virat Kohli succeeded Dhoni as limited overs skipper and now captain India in all three formats of the game
Dhoni added that his decision also boiled down to making sure there would be enough time for his replacement to build a team in the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup.
“I resigned from captaincy because I wanted the new captain to get enough time for preparing a team before the 2019 World Cup,” he was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council’s website. “Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain appropriate time isn’t possible. I believe that I left the captaincy at the right time.”
Meanwhile, when asked about India’s 4-1 loss in the recent five-Test series against England, Dhoni pointed out that having just one three-day warm-up match prior to the Test series didn’t serve the national team well.
“The Indian team missed out on playing practice matches before the series, which is why the batsmen are finding it difficult to adjust,” he said.
He also noted that even though India lost the series, they still maintained their position atop the Test team rankings.
“This is a part of the game. We shouldn’t forget that India is currently No. 1 in the rankings,” he said.