ON THE CUSP OF A SPECIAL 300
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.