Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who has achieved many a records in his glittering ODI career is on the verge of reaching another career milestone.When the Indian wicket keeper steps on the field against Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Thursday, he would be playing his 300th ODI match.
Dhoni is widely regarded by cricket pundits and fans as as one of the best-limited overs players to have ever played the game for India. The 36-year-old has proven his pedigree as an impeccable finisher over the years and his wicket keeping abilities behind the stumps have drawn everyone attention. Dhoni has been India's best ever skipper in ODI's with two major ICC trophies in his cabinet.
Dhoni, on Thursday (31st August), will become the sixth Indian to join the 300-ODI match club. Batting greats Sachin Tendulkar (363) leads the all-time list, which also has Rahul Dravid (344), Mohammad Azharuddin (334), Sourav Ganguly (311) and Yuvraj Singh (302).
As Dhoni plays his 300th One Day International, let us have a look at the ODI records held by India’s most beloved and trusted sportstar in his favourite format.
# In 299 matches ODIs, Dhoni has scored 9608 at an average of 51.93 with 10 centuries and 65 fifties
# Dhoni's unbeaten 183 against Sri Lanka at Jaipur on October 31, 2005 is his highest ODI knock
# 99 ODI stumpings to his name, which is joint most with Kumar Sangakkara
# MS Dhoni has 74 half centuries to his name in ODIs for India. Among Indians, only Sachin, Dravid and Ganguly have more
# He is now the fourth highest run scorer in ODIs for India, behind Tendulkar (18426), Ganguly (11221) and Dravid (10768)
# He shares the record for most not-outs in ODIs with Chaminda Vaas and Shaun Pollock at 72
# Dhoni is only the fifth batsman to hit 200+ sixes in ODIs. His 203 is behind Shahid Afridi’s 351, Sanath Jayasuriya’s 270 and Chris Gayle’s 238