In the recently concluded limited overs tour of England 2018, India’s wicket keeper batsman in the limited overs format Mahendra Singh Dhoni had broken a few records. He had created records that many players dreamt of on both sides of stumps – with the bat in front of the stumps and with the gloves behind the stumps:
500 International Matches:
MS Dhoni joined this elite club in the third and final T20I of the three match series against England at the County Ground in Bristol. He is the ninth player overall and the third Indian to get to this milestone! Sachin Tendulkar with 664 International matches tops the list. Rahul Dravid (509 International matches) is the other Indian in this list.
Dhoni till date played 504 matches scoring 16,409 runs at a batting average of 45.07 across all formats. Behind the stumps, he had affected 788 dismissals (610 catches & 178 stumpings) thus far.
Five catches in a T20I:
Dhoni took five catches in the third and final T20I against England at the County Ground in Bristol. These are the most number of catches taken by any wicket keeper or a fielder in a T20I game. Dhoni’s previous best was 4 catches (twice) – against Afghanistan (in 2010) and against Pakistan (in 2012).
Also, Dhoni became the second player after Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad to affect five dismissals in a T20I game. While Dhoni took 5 catches against England in Bristol (July 2018), Mohammad Shahzad took 3 catches and affected 2 stumpings against Oman in a T20I in 2015.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni now has 54 catches in T20Is – second player to complete 50 catches in Twenty 20 Internationals. AB de Villiers is at the top of this list with 65 catches in T20Is.
10,000 runs in ODIs:
In the second ODI of the three match series against England at Lord’s, MS Dhoni became the 12th player overall and fourth Indian to complete 10,000 career runs in the ODI format. Sachin Tendulkar (18,426 runs), Sourav Ganguly (11,363 runs) and Rahul Dravid (10,889 runs) are the other three Indians in this list.
Dhoni got to this milestone when he was batting on 33 in the second ODI match against England at Lord’s. He is currently with 10,046 runs in his 321 ODIs, which he scored at an average of 51.25. A point to note here is MS Dhoni is the only player till date to have a 50+ batting average among the players with 10K or more runs in ODI cricket.
300 Catches in ODIs:
MS Dhoni in the second ODI against England at Lord’s became the fourth player overall and first Indian to take 300 catches in One Day International matches. Australia’s Adam Gilchrist (417 catches), South Africa’s Mark Boucher (403 catches) and Kumar Sangakkara (402 catches) are the top three in this list.
Dhoni got to this milestone when he caught England’s wicket keeper Jos Buttler off Umesh Yadav’s bowling in the second ODI match against England at Lord’s.
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