Dhoni is leading the Indian cricket team for the first time since stepping down as captain in 2016 in the team’s final Super Four match of Asia Cup 2018 against Afghanistan on Tuesday, September 25.
Quite a few cricket fans would have rubbed their eyes in disbelief when MS Dhoni walked out for the toss during India’s final Super Four match against Afganistan of Asia Cup 2018 on Tuesday. Dhoni had stepped down as captain of the limited-overs sides after the five-match home series against New Zealand in October 2016.
Despite being among the leadership group of the team. The 37-year-old has never led the team even in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli.
Dhoni, who had left odi captaincy on his 199th innings as captain. He is the player who had the opportunity to become only the third player to complete 200 ODIs as captain. Top two of the list are Ricky Ponting (230) and Stephen Fleming (218).
Dhoni believes the guest appearance as captain wasn’t in his control but believes it is part of destiny. Dhoni is chosen the captain as Rohit Sharma the stand-in-captain and Shikhar Dhawan the vice-captain both are given rest as India had already assured a spot in the finals.
The seasoned wicketkeeper-batsman has been guiding the youngsters, including the skipper so much so that his fans call him the unofficial captain of the side. Dhoni’s inputs have certainly helped Kohli’s team over the last two years.