Dhoni retires from Tests, Kohli takes over

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Melbourne/Mumbai, Dec 30 (IANS) India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Tuesday announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect, with Virat Kohli taking over at the helm.

Dhoni’s announcement in Melbourne came following end of the third Test, which ended in a draw, and gave Australia a 2-0 series win with the final match to be played in Sydney Jan 6.

Kohli will captain the Indian side in the fourth and final Test.

“MS Dhoni has chosen to retire from Test Cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate on ODI and T 20 formats,” said a BCCI media statement issued in Mumbai.

“BCCI, while respecting the decision of MS Dhoni to retire from Test Cricket, wishes to thank him for his enormous contribution to Test Cricket and the laurels that he has brought to India.”

“Virat Kohli will be the captain of the Indian Team for the Fourth and Final Test against Australia to be played in Sydney from the Jan 6 2015.

Dhoni has played 90 Tests for India, scoring 4,876 runs and was instrumental in taking the Indian team to the top of Test rankings.

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