Won't grow my hair again, says Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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"I think this team will be the most successful Indian team under Virat", said Dhoni ahead of the first ODI against England in Pune before adding that he will always be there to assist Kohli. When the next Test in Melbourne ended in a draw, Dhoni did the unexpected by announcing he was quitting Test cricket altogether.

One of the fans invaded the playing area to meet Dhoni and touch his feet and there was brief interruption to the match.

Obviously, the news gave birth to rumours. On January 4, he decoupled himself from the captaincy in limited overs. But, during a press conference, Dhoni cleared the air and revealed the real reason behind him leaving the captaincy. "I was waiting for right time, was aiting for Virat to ease in into the Test format", he said. "I just hope there should not be any serious injuries or grievances to the core members of our Indian Team", Dhoni said.

"And I firmly believe that this Indian team will rewrite history and will do something very special in the coming years".

The last time an global match was played in Pune was a T20 match between India and Sri Lanka, the pitch was a green track which helped the seam bowlers and both sets of bowlers had a brilliant day in office.

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"We played T20s in America in between, that was a bit of a good switch. He was always ready".

- According to Dhoni, the current Indian team has the potential to win games everywhere and the pool of fast bowlers can do well in any condition.

The ideal finish may have eluded him, as his team lost by three wickets, but Dhoni, in a video chat with Yuvraj Singh, assured that he would continue to hit those trademark sixes if they are to be hit. "You have to make sure that everybody is playing to the kind of potentials they have". Since he is the wicket-keeper, he explained how his role will be as crucial as the skipper's. "Limited over captaincy is not a big challenge and this was the time I finally decided, it was the time to move on and give Virat the full captainship", he added.

When asked is it hard for him to captain a side having senior players, Kohli said it is a privilege and there is a lot of mutual respect in the change (dressing) room.

"All you need is to believe in yourself". Also, they have made this mew jersey which is suited more for the India cricket team. Dhoni made his debut as a captain in 2007 and has come a long way. "I don't regret anything in life". What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. Overall, it has been a journey for me right from when I started. "It brings smile on my face irrespective of whether it was a tough or good period", Dhoni concluded.

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