Dhoni happy to quit captaincy if it helps Indian Cricket

Mirpur: After suffering the first-ever ODI series defeat against Bangladesh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has offered to quit captaincy and has wished to play as a player if it will help the team India.

India lost its second successive One-Day International to Bangladesh on Sunday to concede a 2-0 lead in the three-match series here. 

The neighbouring country won the first ODI match by 79 runs, followed by a six-wicket win on Sunday, marking a historic series win. 

Dhoni said he will be the first person to take the blame for the defeat in the series.

"If it is justified that you remove me and Indian cricket will start doing well, then definitely I would love to step aside and play as just a player. Ultimately, it is most important for India to win and not who is leading them to the win," the Indian skipper Dhoni said at the post-match conference. If you play long enough, you see the good and bad days on the field. But I am really enjoying my cricket.

"I was never really in line to become the captain, but it was given to me. Now if you take it away from me, I will still be happy because what is more important for me is to play for the country and contribute to a win," Dhoni added.

Dhoni, who had quit Test cricket last year, had won a Twenty20 World Cup, the 2011 '50-overs' World Cup and also the Champions Trophy in England, as well as taking India to the top of world test rankings.

“What is more important is to play for the country and contribute to the team and try to keep the dressing room atmosphere good,” said Dhoni, who pushed himself to number four in the batting order on Sunday and scored 47.

"It is simple to see what went wrong. It is our batting. I thought it was a decent wicket. Also if you see, our start wasn't good. Then we formed a partnership, after that Virat Kohli got out, then there was a partnership between me and Dhawan. After that, when we thought of increasing the run rate, then Dhawan got out, then Rayudu got out immediately. If the wickets keep falling, then there is a difficulty in rotating the strike freely," Dhoni said.

For the last 14-15 months, the Indian team has been playing non-stop cricket. When reporters asked whether fatigue was a reason for the loss, Dhoni said: "It has been a long season of cricket for us. Four and a half months in Australia, before that two and a half months in England. So it keeps going on.

"It is very difficult for me to say if this (fatigue) is the reason. But it is the same team that keeps on playing in every series. So it becomes a bit tiring to consistently turn up and perform," he said.

 

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