Mahendra Singh Dhoni's almost decade-long run as India's limited overs cricket captain has come to an end.
The 2011 ODI World Cup and 2007 ICC World Twenty20-winning skipper announced he was stepping down from the position on Wednesday, through a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) press release. Dhoni had also led India to the ICC Champions Trophy title in 2013.
"Mahendra Singh Dhoni has informed the BCCI, that he wishes to step down as the captain of the Indian Cricket Team from the One Day Internationals and the T20 Internationals formats of the game," the BCCI release stated.
However, the BCCI hastened to clarify that Dhoni was not yet retiring from these formats - that he will still be available to play the shorter formats, including the ODIs and T20Is against England scheduled to begin on 15 January.
"He will be available for the selection for the Paytm One Day Trophy and Paytm T20I Trophy against England and the same has been conveyed to the Senior Selection Committee," the release added.
Dhoni led India in 199 ODIs, registering 110 wins, 74 losses, four ties and 11 no-results.
His own performances as captain were also staggering, as he scored 6,633 runs at an average of 53.92, with six centuries. He also held 185 catches as captain, and effected 71 stumpings.
In T20 Internationals, too, Dhoni had a magnificent record as skipper. He has captained India in all but one of their 73 matches, and in these 72 matches, Ranchi boy notched up 41 wins, 28 losses, one tie and two no results.
As skipper in T20Is, Dhoni scored 1,112 runs at an average of 37.06, held 40 catches and effected 22 stumpings.
Rahul Johri, Chief Executive Officer of the BCCI, was quoted by the release as saying: "On the behalf of every Indian cricket fan and the BCCI, I would like to thank MS Dhoni for his outstanding contribution as the captain of the Indian team across all formats. Under his leadership, Indian team has touched new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian cricket."
Kohli set to be king
The All India Senior Selection Committee of the BCCI is set to meet on Friday, 6 January, to pick the team for the ODIs and T20Is against England.
It is widely expected that Virat Kohli, who has led India in Test matches ever since Dhoni quit the format at the end of the 2014 Melbourne Test against Australia, will be named captain of the ODI and T20I sides as well.