New Delhi: Chairman of Board of Control for Cricket in India’s senior selection panel MSK Prasad on Monday squashed reports, which stated that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was asked to give up captaincy in the limited over format.Speaking exclusively with CricketNext, Prasad rubbished the reports saying there is no truth to such rumours.”There was no pressure on Dhoni to resign from captaincy. It was his personal decision. He informed me during the Ranji Trophy semi-final between Jharkhand and Gujarat in Nagpur,” the former India wicket-keeper said.
Prasad, who took over as the chief selector from Sandeep Patil in September 2016 lauded Dhoni for taking the decision at the right time to give Virat Kohli enough exposure to lead the team ahead of the all important ICC Champions Trophy later this year.”Dhoni is an honest man and the decision didn’t come as a surprise. It was timed perfectly as Kohli needs enough matches to settle down going into the Champions Trophy. I thank Dhoni for his contribution, but his job doesn’t end here and he needs to guide Kohli.”A national daily reported on Monday morning that Dhoni had been asked to vacate the post of India’s limited overs captain.This came after the BCCI had sent an official mail on Wednesday evening about Dhoni’s decision to step down as captain.