MS Dhoni on Sunday became only the fifth Indian and third wicket-keeper to complete 9000 runs in One-day Internationals. Dhoni achieved the feat during the third ODI against New Zealand in Mohali. Dhoni also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most sixes – 195 – in ODIs.
Thus far, only Sachin Tendulkar (18,426 runs), Sourav Ganguly (11,363), Rahul Dravid (10,889) and Mohammad Azharuddin (9378) have achieved the milestone. Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara (14234) and Australian Adam Gilchrist (9619) are the only other wicket-keepers in the world to have crossed the 9000-run mark.
As captain, Dhoni has led the Indian side to victory in the 2011 ICC World Cup. He was the first Indian captain to lift the trophy since Kapil Dev in 1983. Dhoni played was unbeaten at 91 off 79 deliveries and emphatically took the winning runs with a six.
Dhoni is still regarded as one of the best finishers in the game. There have been various instances when India have been saved by Dhoni’s last over heroics. His last international century, an unbeaten 139, came in Mohali in an ODI against Australia, albeit in a losing cause. In 90 Tests, Dhoni had made 4876 runs at an average of 38.09.
Dhoni is leading the Indian side in a five-match ODI series against New Zealand. The series was preceded by a Test series in which India trumped New Zealand 3-0. On account of Dhoni’s retirement from the longest format of the game, Virat Kohli was the man who led India in the series. Dhoni rejoined the Indian team for the first ODI that was played in Dharamsala.