Mahendra Singh Dhoni aka captain cool has scored loads of runs at will all through his 14 years long and illustrious international career. The length of the time saw India’s most successful captain rule the headlines with interests ranging from glittering performances, averages, strike rates, brand value, commercials etc.
Going into the ODI series at the ongoing India-England series, one of the most prolific scorers in Indian cricket will be desperately chasing 37. The runs that have now become more important than most of his biggest knocks.
Another 37 runs and the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman for limited overs cricket, Dhoni will scale the peak of 10,000 runs in one-day international cricket.
Only 11 cricketers in ODI history of four decades have reached the landmark. Achieving this astounding feat will put him in the league of the Indian cricket legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.
Dhoni is poised to become fourth Indian and 12th overall to achieve the milestone.
Master Blaster Sachin currently own the top honours in the list with 18,426 runs in ODIs. He is followed by Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara (14,234), Australia’s Ricky Ponting (13,704). Sri Lankans Sanath Jayasuriya (13,430) and Mahela Jayawardene (12,650), Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul Haq (11,739), South Africa’s Jacques Kallis (11,579), Ganguly (11,363), Dravid (10,889), West Indian Brian Lara (10,405) and Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan (10,290).
Dhoni will also become only the second wicketkeeper-batsman to touch the 10000-run mark. Sangakkara was the first designated wicketkeeper-batsman to achieve the milestone.
Among other unimaginable records, the 2011 World Cup winning captain has taken 297 catches in ODIs and is fourth in the all-time list. He is behind Australia’s Adam Gilchrist (417), South Africa’s Mark Boucher (402) and Sangakkara (383 catches). He dominates the stumping records in ODIs smashing with 107 stumpings in his 318-ODI career. Sangakkara is second in the list with 99 stumpings.
Dhoni is in the number three position for the most number of dismissals – 785 – behind the wickets in all the three formats of international cricket. South Africa’s Mark Boucher tops the chart with 998 dismissals across all formats, followed by Australia’s Adam Gilchrist who has 905 dismissals to his name.
Indian cricket team, under Dhoni’s leadership, has won the ICC World Cup in 2011 and the inaugural World T20 in 2007. Dhoni also led India to the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 in England.