Test cricket will miss MS Dhoni, says Michael Clarke

Injured Australian skipper Michael Clarke paid a glowing tribute to Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the latter announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect. Clarke took to micro blogging site Twitter to share his sentiments where he said Dhoni was not just a tremendous player but also one of the nicest guys he has played against.

By Dattaraj Thaly | Last Updated: Dec 31, 2014, 12:16 PM IST
Test cricket will miss MS Dhoni, says Michael Clarke

New Delhi:Injured Australian skipper Michael Clarke paid a glowing tribute to Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the latter announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect following a drawn third Test in Melbourne on Tuesday. Clarke took to micro blogging site Twitter to share his sentiments where he said Dhoni was not just a tremendous player but also one of the nicest guys he has played against.

Clarke, who just played the first Test in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after injury forced him to pull out of the remainder of the series also said, Test cricket would miss MS Dhoni.

News of Dhoni's sudden retirement came as as a shock to the cricket fraternity.

He was unbeaten on 24 when Steve Smith offered a draw with four overs were left and India had four wickets in hand. Even while speaking to Mark Nicholas, Dhoni did not hint at hanging up his boots in the longer format of cricket.

Despite his place in India's Test side was never in doubt, Dhoni's batting form slumped in 2014 with an average of 33 in 17 innings this year. Having won only two out of 22 away Tests and losing 13, India's form away from home under Dhoni's leadership has been dismal. Dhoni played 90 Tests for India and scored 4876 runs and retired as India's most successful captain.