Former Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has added another record to his illustrious career after becoming only the fourth player from the nation to register 13,000 runs in List A cricket. The 37-year-old has amassed 13,054 runs in 412 List A matches at an average of 50.79. With this achievement, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has joined an elite club, comprising iconic names with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid.
Dhoni 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.” He achieved the milestone during the first One-Day International (ODI) against Australia when he scored a gritty half-century to power India to a six-wicket victory. Former England star Graham Gooch is at the top of the list with 22,211 runs in List A cricket.
Apart from this, Dhoni’s unbeaten 141-run partnership with Kedar Jadhav is the second highest fifth-wicket stand by India against Australia at home. This was also the second best partnership for any wicket at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here.
The highest stand was put up by Shaun Marsh and Shane Watson of Australia when they produced a 145-run opening partnership in 2009.
Dhoni, the mastermind of the game, has led the Men-in-Blue to several victories. His finishing skill is renown as one of the best in Indian cricket’s history. Following a lowly, 2018, Dhoni kicked-off 2019 is some swagger as he displayed top performances in the ODI series against Australia.
Earlier, in the first ODI against Australia, MS Dhoni 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. At 99/4, things didn’t look rosy for the hosts after they lost the wickets of captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu in quick succession. But a cool and composed batting performance by Jadhav (unbeaten 81) and Dhoni (59*) helped India to cross the finishing line with 6 wickets in hand and 10 balls remaining.
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.
(With Inputs From IANS)