MS Dhoni retired during India's tour of Australia 2014-15 © Getty Images
MS Dhoni retired during India’s tour of Australia 2014-15 © Getty Images

It is one year since MS Dhoni startled the cricket fraternity by announcing Test retirement at the end of the third Test against Australia Down Under. India toured Down Under last year in November for a four-match Border-Gavaskar Test series 2014-15. With Dhoni’s sudden retirement with immediate effect, Virat Kohli went on to lead the final match at Sydney. The Boxing Day Test at Melbourne lats year was Dhoni’s last Test for India which ended in a draw. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 24 in his last innings when the match was called off. The Indian skipper did not hint anything about the retirement during the post-match presentation. READ: MS Dhoni – the legend who debuted today 11 years ago

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BBCI) broke the big news via a press release which stated that strain of playing all the formats being the major reason behind Dhoni’s sudden decision.

The 34-year-old played 30 Tests scoring 4,876 runs with 224 being his highest score which was against Australia. Dhoni is always compared to Indian great Sourav Ganguly regarding India’s Test captaincy. Although Dhoni has a poor away record when compared to Ganguly but even the latter did not achieve what Dhoni did—leading India to the top-rank in Tests which happened withn a home series win against Sri Lanka in December 2009.

The player who hails from Ranchi also was the first wicketkeeper to lead India in Tests. The streak of losses to Australia, England and South Africa between 2011 and 2014 over-shadowed his good numbers as Indian Test skipper. Dhoni finished his Test career as India’s most successful Test skipper with 27 wins in 60 matches. READ: MS Dhoni retires: An ode to the magnificent

One of the achievements as a Test caption for Dhoni were hid not lose any of his first 11 Tests – longest unbeaten streak for any player since making captaincy debut. Also, he is the only Indian keeper to score 4000 runs and effect 200 dismissals.

With Dhoni passing on the baton to Kohli now in the whites, the latter has had a great start as India’s Test skipper with back-to-back series win. India beat Sri Lanka in the latter’s home for the very first time in 22 years and that was a flying start to Kohli’s Test captaincy. That series was followed by India thrashing South Africa at home 3-0 in the four-match Test series and thereby ending the visitors’ 9-year-run of away series wins.