Mahendra Singh Dhoni returned to lead India after a gap of almost two years as Rohit Sharma was rested for the Super Four match against Afghanistan at the Asia Cup in Dubai on Tuesday. Dhoni had stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in January 2017 and handed over the reins to Virat Kohli. Dhoni returned to lead India for the first time after 696 days. This is Dhoni’s 200th ODI as India captain. He had last captained India in the ODI series against New Zealand.
On Tuesday, Afghanistan had won the toss and elected to bat against India. Speaking after the toss, MS Dhoni said this match gave him the opportunity to play in his 200th ODI match as a captain. “I was not really sure of where I am standing. I have captained 199 ODIs, so this gives me an opportunity to make it 200. It’s all destiny and I always believed in that. It’s not in my control, once I left captaincy. Good to complete 200, but I don’t think it really matters,” he said.