Former Indian cricket skipper MS Dhoni is all set to add yet another record to his illustrious career as he closes in on becoming only the sixth individual to amass 17,0000 runs across all formats in international cricket. The list, which features the likes of iconic veterans like Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly and current Indian captain Virat Kohli, is topped by Sachin Tendulkar.
Dhoni is regarded as one of the best finishers of the game and that was on display in the first ODI against Australia, where the wicketkeeper-batsman and Kedar Jadhav knitted a match-winning stand of 141 runs for the fifth wicket to provide India a clinical win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.
The 37-year-old unbeaten 141-run partnership with Kedar Jadhav is the second highest fifth-wicket stand by India against Australia at home. It was also the second best partnership for any wicket at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.
‘Maahi’ is already one of the most decorated cricketers of all time and earlier, head coach Ravi Shastri very appropriately summed up his glittering career saying; “Players like Dhoni only come about once in 30-40 years.” With 33 more runs, Dhoni can join the elite group of India’s finest batsman over the years:
Sachin Tendulkar (34,357)
Rahul Dravid (24,208)
Virat Kohli (19,453)
Sourav Ganguly (18,575)
Virender Sehwag (17,253)
So far Dhoni has amassed a total of 16, 967 runs across all formats of cricket, with 4,876 runs in tests, 10,474 runs in ODI and 1,617 runs in the 20-over format.
The 2nd ODI will take place at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur as the Men in Blue will aim to extend their lead to tw0-nill against the Aussies. With the ICC World Cup knock at the door, Dhoni will look to maintain his red-hot form. His expertise and understanding of the game along with his skills will be a major asset for the Indian cricket team in the global tournament which will take place in England.
All eyes will be on MS when he takes the long road to achieve a treble later this year – another World Cup victory after the 2007 T20 and 2011 50-over title.