New Delhi: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision to retire from Test cricket, mid-way through the Test series against Australia took everyone by surprise.
This is probably the first case in history of Indian cricket that any Test skipper has decided to retire with immediate effect in the middle of a series.
The shocking announcement came through the BCCI's official Twitter handle.
Virat Kohli will take over as India captain for the fourth and final Test of the series, which India has already lost, in Sydney.
Though, the timing of Dhoni's retirement is still a mystery. Dhoni has been facing criticism from quite some time now for his Test captaincy. Recently, former India captain Sourav Ganguly also criticised his captaincy by stating that the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has been struggling for some time as the skipper in the five-day format.
"It's not just these two matches, it's for a while now (that Dhoni has struggled). He just has not really got the team going at Test match level. That's up to the selectors but he has had a lot of time as captain, close to 60 Test matches. I think he has had a lot of time," Ganguly said.
"I think Dhoni is a good captain. The record he has in one-day cricket, he is a good captain. But in Test conditions overseas, it's just fallen away a bit. This series is not over yet so maybe we can talk differently at the end of this series. Hopefully he can reinvent himself and find a way to lead this team forward," he added.
With one Test still left in the series, Dhoni's decision to quit from Test is certainly taken everybody by surprise. So the timing of Dhoni to retire with immediate effect seems debatable.