MS Dhoni, the legendary captain of the Indian cricket team, made the shocking decision to quit his Test career in the midst of the 2014-2015 Border Gavaskar Trophy. Dhoni threw a bone to all-rounder Axar Patel, who got his call-up in that series alone, before waving farewell to the longest version of the game.
Dhoni said after the third Test in Melbourne that it will be his last in red-ball cricket. He also missed out on the series’ first Test. Former India captain Virat Kohli took up the reins after Dhoni’s departure. Wriddhiman Saha, the wicketkeeper, was chosen to replace Dhoni.
Patel told the Delhi Capitals in a video interview that he arrived in Australia the day before Dhoni made his declaration. It was just his second day with the senior players, but he stated everyone became really upset and he didn’t know what to do. The captain of the Chennai Super Kings, MS Dhoni, was in top form when he met Patel.
After all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was injured during the series, Patel was brought in to take his place. He said that Dhoni had joked that Patel’s entrance had precipitated his departure. In his inexperience, Patel experienced the same thing and ended up in tears. Dhoni gave him a bear hug, ending the joke.
Patel was added to the Test squad in 2014, but he won’t get to play his first red-ball game for his country until 2021. He has 50 wickets to his name from 12 Tests, and he has also contributed 513 runs with the bat. In his first Test series, he took 27 wickets against England and was named Player of the Series.
India’s last Test in Sydney was Kohli’s responsibility after Dhoni stepped down as captain. He led by example with a superb century in the first innings. Following the game, Kohli stated his hope for a four- to five-year reign of dominance by the Indian squad. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India’s performance in SENA nations was abysmal.
India’s standing in the game’s longest format rose dramatically thanks to Kohli. With a winning rate of 58.82% (40 wins in 68 games), Kohli became the most successful Indian Test captain in history.