I have stepped down from captaincy for Kohli: Dhoni

Photo of former Indian cricket team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Pune: Outgoing Indian cricket team skipper for the limited overs team Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said he changed his batting order according to the team’s requirement and have stepped down for batsman Virat Kohli.

Dhoni who has recently stepped down from captaincy of One-Day International and T20 International teams said he is ready to change his batting order again “if the team wants me to do”.

He said while addressing the media ahead of India’s first One-Day International (ODI) against England, here on January 15th, “The top-order batsmen batted really well and I felt there was no explosive finisher at the lower order and due to that I was batting lower down the order.”

He added, “Over the years, I changed my batting order according to the team’s requirements. I am ready to change my batting order according to the responsibility given to me in the times ahead.”

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“As a cricketer, many things have changed for me since 2007. I debuted in 2004, was given the captaincy in 2007. If I see my journey since then, I had to change according to the team’s needs. I started in the lower order, then moved up the ladder. My batting order was never fixed. I used to get batting for 25-30 overs. However, it changed in the last few years,” he added.

Dhoni also reckoned he prefers one leader in all three formats of the game.

“I don’t believe in split captaincy. For the team, there has to be only one leader,” the star wicketkeeper-batsman from Ranchi said.

The 35-year-old also heaped praise on his successor Virat Kohli, saying Virat always wanted to improve when he got chances to play.

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