Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar defended the sudden retirement of MS Dhoni, claiming the departing skipper was overburdened.
Dhoni, 33, quit Test cricket on Tuesday, handing the Test leadership to vice captain Virat Kohli for the fourth and final clash with Australia in Sydney, starting January 6.
The drawn Boxing Day Test sealed Australia's reclaiming of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, with the hosts' 2-0 lead unassailable heading to the Harbour City.
Critics have taken to Dhoni's sudden retirement claiming he has jumped off a sinking ship, but Gavaskar said the burden was too much for the wicketkeeper-batsman to handle.
"I don't agree with this view [that Dhoni abandoned a losing cause]," Gavaskar told NDTV.
"I have been a captain and there is a time when the burden becomes just too much and you think the next man will do a better job.
"It may not be tactically [the right move], but the next captain may have better luck.
"Dhoni knew Virat Kohli was ready to step in and therefore his decision is not surprising."
Gavaskar did claim, though, that had India won the Melbourne Test that Dhoni would still be leading the team to Sydney.
"The burden on him grew over the last 2-3 days in Melbourne," the 65-year-old said.
"Had India won at [the] MCG, Dhoni would have been in a better frame of mind to resign after the Sydney Test."