Team members baffled over Dhoni’s silence

For some Indian team members as well as the world, MS Dhoni’s sudden retirement from Test cricket following the draw at Melbourne came in as a shock. According to a teammate, Dhoni’s behaviour just before he went on the crease to bat on the fifth day was unlike him.

“He was unusually silent at that time… just before the fall of the second wicket. We have never seen him so quiet and self-occupied. He didn’t speak to anyone and seemed lost in thoughts…that was something really exceptional,” the teammate was reported to be saying to Hindustan Times.

Dhoni taking out a stump the moment after the draw and shaking hands with the Australian players was another instance that was quite unusual.

“It was something we could not understand…taking out a stump in a drawn match. In fact, one of the teammates joked that, perhaps, Dhoni had unmindfully done it out of habit,” he added.

Going by the narration of the team member, following his post-match presentation, Dhoni instantly had a word with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials and made sure that the media didn’t come to know about this decision before he announced his teammates.

“He wanted to tell us first. When he called us together, we thought, maybe, he would discuss the match, which he normally doesn’t do. But the moment he said he was quitting, honestly, none of us had any idea about it. We were shocked and stunned. We really couldn’t make out what had happened. He, for a change, got really emotional,” said the player.

Virat Kohli has replaced Dhoni as the captain ahead of the last Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2014-15, at Sydney starting January 6. Meanwhile, Dhoni will continue to play One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals for India.