Following India's elimination from the World T20 in Mumbai in March previous year, Dhoni said he was determined to play on until the 2019 World Cup in England.
Dhoni probably would not have expected too many barbs from the media after leading his side to victory in the final of the 2011 World Cup.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's brand value is set to take a beating post his sudden announcement to step down as captain of the limited overs cricket format. The long wait ended when MS Dhoni catapulted his way into the global scene and cemented his place as a finisher by producing some whirlwind innings down the order.Dhoni and the word finisher became inseparable. Dhoni had earlier stepped down as Captain of India's Test team.
Dhoni has made himself available for the upcoming One-Day International and Twenty20 International series against England, which gets under way on January 15.
Dhoni's legacy as a leader and player is vast and he is greatly responsible for instilling a winning habit in the Indian team. The decision from the Dhoni did not come to surprise to Cricket Pundits as everyone was calling out to make Virat Kohli the full-time captain for all the three formats of Indian Cricket team.
Dhoni played 73 T20 internationals and in the shorter formats of the game was considered as one of the best finishers of the game.
The selectors will meet on 6th January in Mumbai to pick the ODI and T20 squad. Dhoni recorded the then best Test score by an Indian captain while bringing up an aggressive double hundred (224 off 265 balls) in Chennai.
Now any captain would go for the most experienced bowler in the team, but Dhoni did the opposite.
The news has come as a shock and utter disappointment for many Dhoni fans, including actor Sushant Singh Rajput who had portrayed the cricketer on screen in his biopic - MS Dhoni: The Untold Story past year.
Under Dhoni's captainship, India has won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and also reached the top Test rankings in 2009. The reasons behind MS Dhoni step down as a captain not yet know, but, we expect that these are the few reasons which push Dhoni to eject from captaincy.
Four years later, Dhoni took a captaincy gamble perhaps going ahead of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh in the World Cup final at the Wankhede. They start with a three-match ODI and T20 series against England.