India vs Australia 1st ODI Sydney: Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni brought up his 68th half-century in One-day internationals in the ongoing match against the hosts Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. This was his second slowest ODI half-century, which came in 93 balls while chasing the total of 289 runs. His first slowest half-century came in 108 balls against West Indies at North Sound in 2017.
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Meanwhile, Dhoni also becomes the fifth Indian batsmen in the history of Indian cricket to reach the 10000-run mark in ODIs. With this achievement, the 37-year old former India captain has joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli in the exclusive 10K club. Overall, he becomes the 13th player in the world to reach the milestone of 10,000+ Runs in ODI format. Interestingly, Dhoni is the sixth fastest to achieve this feat.
Also, he becomes the second wicketkeeper-batsman in the world after Kumar Sangakkara. After missing out from the India squad for the three-match T20I series against Kangaroos, the veteran stalwart of Indian cricket was included in the squad as a replacement of young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. Dhoni’s form will be crucial as India prepare for the upcoming ICC World Cup in England
Among many fans waiting to see India’s World Cup-winning captain in action, Australia Test captain Tim Paine is no less excited to see him bat in the highly-anticipated ODI challenge. Praising the 37-year-old Indian wicket-keeper, Paine told cricket.com.au: “I think he is one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen to ever play the game. He is right up there, no doubt about that, particularly in white-ball cricket.”