MS Dhoni announced his resignation on Wednesday night    Getty Images
MS Dhoni announced his resignation on Wednesday night Getty Images

New Delhi: MS Dhoni surprised the cricketing world by stepping down from India’s limited overs captaincy but it was a well thought out decision, said his close friend and confidante Arun Pandey on Wednesday. “You don’t take decision like this overnight. It was well thought out. Dhoni thought this was the right time to step aside and continuing playing as wicketkeeper batsman,” Pandey told PTI. Pandey also manages Dhoni’s commercial interests. Dhoni is known for keeping his card’s close to his chest. He had caught the cricketing fraternity by surprise when he announced his retirement from Test cricket midway into the series in Australia.

Talking more about Dhoni’s decision to step down, Pandey said: “His thinking was that he has build the crux of the team now (for future and next World Cup) and it is the right time to give up captaincy. He is not someone who would cling on to something. For him, the team’s interests is first and foremost.” Former cricketers including Sourav Ganguly had earlier backed Virat Kohli to take over from Dhoni in all three formats. Asked Pandey was that playing in Dhoni’s mind, he replied in the negative.

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“Dhoni is beyond all this. A chunk of current cricketers playing for India blossomed under Dhoni. Now he thinks it is the right time to step aside for the larger interest of the team. Not many would do that but Dhoni has done that. It has always been India first for him,” added Pandey.

Dhoni’s last series as captain was against New Zealand that India comprehensively won by 3-2. Many were expecting to see Dhoni back in blue as the captain cool. However, many will be now looking forward to watch Dhoni as a player in the upcoming England ODI and T20I series beginning from January 15.