MS Dhoni retires from Test cricket with immediate effect; Virat Kohli to lead India at Sydney
MS Dhoni (left) walks off Test arena for the last time after saving the game. David Warner (centre) and Ravichandran Ashwin are others in the picture © Getty Images

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect. Virat Kohli will lead the team in the final and fourth Test at Sydney.


This comes immediately after India drew the third Test at Melbourne against Australia.


Dhoni has played 90 Tests and scored 4,876 runs. He has taken 256 catches and registered 38 stumpings.


BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel in a press release said, “One of India’s greatest Test captains under whose leadership India became the No. 1 team in the Test Rankings, MS Dhoni, has decided to retire from Test cciting the strain of playing all formats of cricket.”


“Dhoni has chosen to retire from Test cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate on ODI and T20 formats. BCCI while respecting the decision of Dhoni to retire from Test, wishes to thank him for his enormous contribution to Test cricket and the laurels that he has brought to India.”


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“Virat Kohli will be the captain of the Indian Team for the Fourth and Final Test against Australia to be played in Sydney from the sixth of January 2015.”