New Delhi: MS Dhoni, recognised as one of the best finishers the game has ever seen, wrote another record in his name on Sunday by completing 100 international half-centuries.
The former India captain produced yet another example of his calmness under pressure when he, in partnership with Hardik Pandya, stitched a 118-run stand in 116 balls for the sixth wicket to help India set a target of 282 runs for Australia in the first ODI of the five-match series.
Dhoni fell in the final over of the innings after scoring 79, thereby becoming the second wicketkeeper to achieve the milestone after Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka.
Watch Dhoni’s half-century video here:
Dhoni, who brought up his 66th ODI fifty to add to his 33 in Tests and one in T20Is, is also the fourth Indian to complete 100 half-centuries in International cricket after Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.
Also, the former Indian captain registered a few more records in the last series against Sri Lanka, when he completed his 100th ODI stumping and achieved the most number (73) of unbeaten knock in ODI’s.
Meanwhile, India bounced back in the match on Sunday after losing early wickets to score 281/7, as Pandya smashed his career-best ODI score of 83 runs beside Dhoni’s half-century.