INDIA'S much criticised captain MS Dhoni has retired from Test match cricket.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that Dhoni would be giving up the five-day games after the end of the third Test between Australia and India in Melbourne.
The game ended in a draw but Australia has already won the series 2-0 with the final game to be played out in Sydney.
The 33-year-old had earlier given a post-match press conference where he made no mention of the decision.
Dhoni was in an upbeat mood when he faced the media after play despite the result.
Around 45 minutes after his press conference concluded, the BCCI issued a statement announcing his retirement.
"MS Dhoni has chosen to retire from Test cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate on ODI and T20 formats," the BCCI said in a statement.
Dhoni will retire with immediate effect, meaning Virat Kohli will captain India in the fourth and final Test against Australia at the SCG on January 6.
MS Dhoni's Test record
High score: 224
The wicketkeeper-batsman played 90 Tests for India, scoring 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09.
In his last innings, Dhoni helped guide his side to a draw by holding off the Australian attack on the final day for a composed 24 not out.
Though he was successful as a captain, leading India to the top of the Test rankings, his record in the longest form of the game was never as impressive as his one-day statistics.
Yes, Dhoni was a fine batsman, but it was as a wicket keeper and captain that it has not recently been working. And that's important!— Henry Blofeld (@blowersh) December 30, 2014
In Australia, he has been savaged by commentators for his field placements and failure to be aggressive enough to get key Aussie wickets.
In ODIs, Dhoni averages 52.85 and he is expected to captain his country at the 2015 World Cup.