New Delhi - Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Friday he quit as
India's limited overs skipper last week because a split captaincy was not right
for the country's cricket team.
Dhoni, 35, led the team to victory in both ODI and T20 World
Cups during his decade-long stint and was India's most successful limited overs
But he said the time had been right to go and allow Virat
Kohli to take full charge.
"I don't believe in split captaincy. For the team there
has to be only one leader... split captaincy doesn't work in India," Dhoni
told journalists at a press conference in west India's Pune city.
Kohli, the swashbuckling batsman who has presided over an
18-match unbeaten run as India's Test captain, has replaced Dhoni in limited
He will lead the Indian team, which includes Dhoni, in the
upcoming ODI and T20 series against England.
"I was waiting for the right time. I wanted Virat
(Kohli) to ease into the job. There is no wrong decision in it. This team has
potential to do well in all three formats. I felt it was right time to move
on," Dhoni said.
A former ticket inspector on India's railways, Dhoni made
his international debut in December 2004 and soon established a reputation for
his flamboyant stroke playing, in particular his trademark
Dhoni has so far played 283 ODIs, with a batting average of
nearly 51 while he has also appeared in 73 T20 internationals.
In the past he has voiced confidence he would still be fit
enough to play in the next 50 over World Cup in England in 2019.
Batting for his successor, Dhoni said that the team would
win even more games under Kohli's captaincy.
"I feel it will be most successful team ever. That's
the kind of experience and potential they have," he said.