ON THE CUSP OF A SPE­CIAL 300

Mint ST - - THE BRIEFING -

Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni, the flam­boy­ant and un­ortho­dox crick­eter from the min­ing state of Jhark­hand, plays his 300th ODI against be­lea­guered Sri Lanka in Colombo on Thurs­day. He made his ODI de­but against Bangladesh in Chit­tagong on 23 De­cem­ber 2004 and took the world by sur­prise with his long hair and even longer shots. Two big hun­dreds within a year of de­but went on to de­fine his ca­reer. Un­der his lead­er­ship, the In­dian team has won ac­co­lades in ev­ery for­mat of the game: the in­au­gu­ral World T20 Cup in 2007; the tag of No. 1 Test team for 18 months start­ing De­cem­ber 2009; and the 50-over World Cup at home in 2011, 28 years after the team led by Kapil Dev won the ti­tle in Eng­land.

Dhoni has 377 dis­missals in 299 matches, the fourth on the list of most dis­missals by a wicket-keeper in ODIS.

Dhoni is tied up with Ku­mar San­gakkara of Sri Lanka at 99 stump­ings, the most by a wicket-keeper in ODIS.

With 9,608 runs, he is 14th on the list of run-get­ters in ODIS. He is the fourth high­est run-get­ter for In­dia and third on the list of wicket-keep­ers with most runs.

His 183 not out against Sri Lanka in Jaipur on 31 Oc­to­ber 2005 is the high­est in­di­vid­ual score by a wicket-keeper.

At 51.93, his bat­ting av­er­age is the sixth best all time and the best for a wicket-keeper.

Dhoni is the fastest wicket-keeper bats­man to reach 9,000 runs. It took him 244 in­nings.

Dhoni is In­dia’s most suc­cess­ful cap­tain in the ODI for­mat. He has won 110 of the 199 matches he played as cap­tain of the team be­tween 2007 and 2016.

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