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Mahendra Singh Dhoni's childhood coach says wise for him to step down on his own

Gut feeling and a sense of timing has always marked Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision making process in his illustrious captaincy stint and he once again showed that when he 'stumped' one and all with his decision to step down as skipper of India's limited overs team.

But it seems that there is one man who was not surprised by the shock move - Dhoni's childhood coach Chanchal Bhattacharya.

File image of MS Dhoni along with Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri. AFP

File image of MS Dhoni along with Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri. AFP

According to a Times of India report, Bhattacharya believes that his pupil, now a Indian cricketing megastar, has taken the right decision at the right time.

"He took the correct decision at the right time. Before the selectors removed him, it was wise to step down on his own. I am not surprised at all," Bhattacharya said.

On being asked if Dhoni should've waited till the end of the upcoming England series before giving up the captaincy, Bhattacharya said that he did the right thing by not delaying the decision, adding that, "before the bullet hit him (Dhoni), he moved away from its path."

Quelling doubts whether Dhoni can sustain as solely a batsman-wicketkeeper in the side, Bhattacharya said: "Of course. Provided he maintains the same fitness level and doesn't get injured."

The 35-year-old Dhoni under whom India had won two World Cups and a Champions Trophy title, stunned the cricket fraternity by relinquishing the captaincy barely 11 days before the ODI series against England.

While expressing his desire to quit captaincy, Dhoni conveyed to the selection committee that he will be available for selection as a player for the three ODIs and as many T20s against England starting 15 January.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Jan 05, 2017 12:55 PM

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