SPLIT CAP­TAINCY DOESN’T WORK IN IN­DIA: DHONI

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Harit N Joshi

PUNE: Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni may have owed his ap­point­ment as In­dia skip­per for the vic­to­ri­ous 2007 World Twenty20 cam­paign to the na­tional se­lec­tors’ un­con­ven­tional ap­proach.

How­ever, In­dia’s most suc­cess­ful skip­per across all for­mats de­clared on Fri­day that split cap­taincy does not work for In­dia. Dhoni’s com­ments came at his first news con­fer­ence since he stepped down as In­dia’s lim­ite­dovers cap­tain on Jan­uary 4.

“Split cap­taincy doesn’t work in In­dia. It was the right time for me to move on. The In­dian team un­der Vi­rat Kohli will be the most suc­cess­ful team ever,” he said, two days ahead of his younger team­mate’sfirstas­sign­mentafter­be­ing handed the reins in all for­mats.

In­dia’s first ODI against Eng­land will be played on Sun­day. Dhoni, who led In­dia to record vic­to­riesinTests(Tests(27),ODIs

(110) and Twenty20 in­ter­na­tion­al­sion­als (41), abrupt­lyly re­tired as Test skip­perkip­per in

De­cem­ber,er, 2014.

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