MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket in Australia last year © Getty Images
MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket in Australia last year © Getty Images

Ravi Shastri, who was among the ones who witnessed the major change in Indian Test cricket when Mahendra Singh Dhoni made way for teammate Virat Kohli to take over the charge of the side, suggested that Dhoni had “realised that the latter was ready to handle the huge responsibility.” The transition took place last year in Australia when Dhoni called curtains down on his career in the longer format, while he continues to lead India in One-Day Internationals and Twenty20s. READ: Naman Ojha receives Test cap from Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri ahead of 3rd Test against Sri Lanka at Colombo

According to a report from IBNlive.com, Shahstri said that now everyone knows why Dhoni had all of a sudden announced Test retirement in Down Under last year. “I 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.

“Now if you think back, you will know why he made that decision. It was a good decision because it was clear in everyone’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,” the Team India Director said.

He also suggested that since Virat was the obvious choice after Dhoni to lead India in the whites, the former skipper was aware of the fact that Kohli was ready and just needed a chance to get going. “You know the obvious choice was Virat but by announcing his [Dhoni] retirement, he made it clear that ‘I believe this guy is ready and he needs a run,” Shastri added. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Colombo, Day 1

“It 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,” Shastri signed off.