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Dhoni open to quitting captaincy if asked

Mon, Jun 22, 2015, 02:03 PM
Mirpur (Bangladesh), June 22: India's limited overs cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said he will happily step down if that facilitates a performance upliftment, following the team's first ever One-Day International (ODI) series loss against Bangladesh.

India lost their second ODI by six wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Sunday night to surrender the three-match series 0-2 after going down in the first game by 79 runs.

India's descent began with a poor ODI tri-series in Australia at the beginning of the year followed by a flop World Cup defence where they exited at the semi-final stage against eventual champions Australia.

India's performance came in for sharp criticism from all quarters and when asked if he would be willing to take the blame and quit captaincy, Dhoni said that he wouldn't bat an eyelid about resigning.

"Yes, if it is a justifiable thing that if you remove me and the Indian cricket will start doing really well and if I am the reason for all the bad that is happening to Indian cricket, definitely I would love to step away and play as a player," he said at the post-match press conference.

"Ultimately, you want India to win. It doesn't matter who is the captain. I was never really in line to become a captain. It was a job or responsibility for me. I have taken that responsibility. If they want to take it away, I am happy to give it away."
Agency: IANS

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