Indian Board has appointed wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as one-day captain after Rahul Dravid abruptly resigned from the captaincy last week. Dhoni was thought to be in competition with former captain Sachin Tendulkar but apparaently Tendulkar did not want to lead India in one-day internationals.

Dhoni, 26, has been named the captain of India for its series of one-day matches against Australia and Pakistan, to be played over the next two months.

Dilip Vengsarkar, chairman of the selection committee, said "Dhoni is young and has all the qualities of a good captain and it is the right time to groom him.’’

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