The small-town boy from Ranchi, MS Dhoni is now 10 years old in Indian Team. On December 23, 2004 he played his first international match representing India in an ODI against Bangladesh. Starting from a Golden duck and no success behind wicket after a decade, Dhoni’s name is enough to scare away a team, in shorter formats. As a cricketer, his achievement is less about himself more about the development of India as a cricket crazy nation. Besides international cricket, Dhoni has been the top-most star of IPL and the biggest Rockstar cricketer in Indian history.
Starting his career as a Ticket Collector, as an international player he has made it a habit to collect records and trophies. Name a Trophy, and you will find Dhoni’s imprint on that, including the elusive World Cup delivered directly through his attacking game and served to Indians by a “Helicopter”. The Only captain in World Cricket to win T20, World Cup and Champions Trophy has taken India to the top in ODI and Test matches both. He has played 389 internationals by 23rd December, 2014.
Dhoni’s Records in Cricket
For Matches till End of 2014
- 1st Record was of equalling Indian record of maximum 5 dismissals (in his 3rd ODI). He repeated the feat thrice more.
6 dismissals in an ODI saw him equalling the world record, which is the best by any Indian keeper.
312 dismissals in 247 innings of 250 matches make him 4th best ODI keeper in the World.
For Matches till End of 2014
- 148 runs in 123 balls with 15 boundaries and 4 sixes vs Pakistan at Visakhapatnam in his 5th ODI on April 5, 2005 was his first of the 9 ODI centuries.
183* runs, his highest ODI score, with 15 boundaries and 10 sixes on 145 balls vs Sri Lanka at Jaipur on 31 Oct, 2005 in 22nd ODI got him the entry to Test Matches.
139* on 121 balls with 12 boundaries and 5 sixes vs Australia at Mohali on 19th Oct, 2013 was his last
For Matches before Dec 25, 2014
- Test Debut on Dec 2, 2005 vs Sri Lanka at Chennai.
30 runs with 6 boundaries on 54 balls coming at No. 7 was his debut score in the only innings India played.
51* vs Sri Lanka in 2nd Test is his first 50+ test score.
After getting Golden duck in first ODI, in the second test he opened his batting account with 18-ball 21 runs and wicketkeeping account by grabbing his solo catch of opener Nafees Iqbal on the ball of Agarkar. The third and final ODI of the series saw him hitting his first boundary, not surprisingly a six as he scored unbeaten 7 runs in 2 balls. In keeping he had 5 victims in the match with 3 catches and 2 stumpings. That was his first record in Cricket.
Dhoni’s International Batting record
Test: 89 Test, 4841 runs, 6 100s, 33 50s
ODIs: 250 ODIs, 8192 runs, 9 100s, 56 50s, 177 6s
T20s: 50 matches, 849 runs, 48* highest score, 24 6s
He is the greatest captain India ever had as statistics prove it taking India to the top of the rankings in ODIs and Test matches as well as being the only captain in the World to win all three major ICC Championships.
T20s: 2006 World Cup
ODIs: 2007 from Rahul Dravid
Test: 2008 from Kumble
- Home: 10, 5 won, 5 lost
AWay: 38, 21 won, 15 lost, 1 Tie
Total: 48 T20s, 26 won, 20 lost, 1 Tie
- Home: 60 ODIs, 36 won, 20 Lost, 1 Tie
AWay: 102 ODIs, 55 won, 37 lost, 3 Tie
Total: 162 ODIs, 91 won, 57 lost, 4 Tie
- Home: 30 Tests, 21 Won, 3 Lost
AWay: 26 Tests, 6 won, 12 Lost
Total: 56 Tests, 27 won, 15 lost
He started his career under India’s Greatest test captain Sourav Ganguly when he was called to keep wickets against Bangladesh in ODIs.
- ODI: Dec 23, 2014 vs Bangladesh at Chittagong
T20: Dec 1, 2006 vs South Africa at Johannesbergunder Sehwag as Captain.
Test: Dec 2, 2005 vs Sri Lanka at Chennai.
- Golden duck in his first innings of ODI and T20.
148 runs is his first century in ODI as well as Test, both against Pakistan.
18 Man of the Match Awards in ODIs.
2 Man of the Match Awards in Test Matches.
Centuries and High Scores
- 148 vs Pak at Visakhapatnam, 2005
183* vs SL at Jaipur, 2005
139* vs Africa XI at Chennai, 2007
109* vs Hong Kong at Karachi, 2008
124 vs Australia, at Nagpur, 2009
107 vs Sri Lanka at Nagpur, 2009
101* vs Bangladesh, at Dhaka, 2010
113* vs Pakistan at Chennai, 2012
139( vs Australia at Mohali, 2013
Highest ODI Scores Outside India in ODIs
2 centuries outside India at Karachi and Dhaka.
67* vs Zimbabwe at Harare, 2005
88* vs SL at Brisbane, 2008
94 vs SL at Colombo, 2009
84* vs New Zealand at Napier, 2009
95 vs West Indies at Kingston, 2009
78* vs England at Lord’s, 2011
56 vs Australia at Brisbane, 2012
65 vs South Africa at Johannnesburg, 2013
- 148 vs Pakistan, Faisalabad, 2006 in 6th innings of his 5th test. It was his first innings abroad.
110 vs Sri Lanka, Ahmedabad, 2009
100* vs Sri Lanka, Mumbai (BS), 2009
132* vs South Africa, Kolkata 2010
144 vs West Indies, Kolkata 2011
224 vs Australia, Chennai 2013
Highest Test Scores Outside India in ODIs
- 74 vs West Indies, at Roseau, 2006
51* vs Bangladesh, Dhaka, 2007
92 vs England, The Oval, 2007
76 vs Sri Lanka, Colombo (SSC), 2010
90 vs South Africa at Centuron, 2010
57* vs Australia at Sydney, 2012
68 vs New Zealand, Wellington