Colombo: Team India Director Ravi Shastri has revealed that before hanging boots in Test Cricket, MS Dhoni had realized that his teammate had evolved enough to take the huge responsibility of leading the Indian team in the longest format of the game.
Dhoni had announced his retirement from Test Cricket last year in Australia to hand over the reign to Virat Kohli. However, the â€˜Captain Coolâ€™ still leads the Indian team in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
Now, Ravi Shastri has explained that now it is known to everyone why Dhoni had bid adieu to Test Cricket all of a sudden while touring Down Under.
â€œI think that was one of the reasons why MS decided to quit. You know he realised that there are three formats of the game. It is becoming hard for him. But at the same time he knew there was someone ready.
â€œNow if you think back, you will know why he made that decision. It was a good decision because it was clear in everyoneâ€™s mind, across the media, that this [Kohli] is your future captain and let him captain in that last Test match in Australia so that all speculation goes to rest,â€ the Team India Director said.
Shastri also suggested that as Virat was the obvious choice for the captainship of team India in Tests, the former skipper was completely aware that Kohli just wanted a chance of proving his abilities as a captain.
â€œYou know the obvious choice was Virat but by announcing his [Dhoni] retirement, he made it clear that â€˜I believe this guy is ready and he needs a run,â€ Shastri added.
â€œIt is still early days but you will see it [success] in time. Each captain has his own style. You can see with Virat, like I said before, he is pretty much in your face. He will play to win, and he will want to be positive all the time. There will be intent in anything he does,â€ Shastri signed off.