Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs no introduction. The legendary cricketer is one of the finest to be produced in the Indian ranks and the country is nothing but proud of him. His exceptional abilities as a wicketkeeper, batsman and of course, a captain, has seen him climb the top of the mountain and conquer everything that was laid in front of him.
The only captain in the history of the game to win the ICC Cricket World Cup, World T20, and the ICC Champions Trophy, turned 37 today. Hailed as one of the best finishers the sport has ever seen, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the owner of a plethora of records. and there is no denying the fact.
On the special occasion, let’s take a look at some of his records:
1. MS Dhoni is the only captain to have won all three big ICC trophies – 2007 World T20, 2011 World Cup and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. He also took India to the top of ICC Test rankings.
2. MS Dhoni is the third most successful wicketkeeper in international cricket. He has sent back 780 people in 500 games. Mark Boucher of South Africa (998) and Adam Gilchrist of Australia (905) are ahead of him.
3. Dhoni has most stumpings by any wicketkeeper in international cricket. He has effected 178 stumpings so far.
4. He is the most successful wicketkeeper in T20Is with 82 dismissals so far.
5. MS Dhoni scored his first ODI and Test hundreds against Pakistan. He scored 148 on both occasions.
6. MS Dhoni has scored 217 sixes in ODI cricket so far. He tops the list of Indian players and is fourth among all international cricketers in this regard. He has also hit most sixes as a captain.
7. Dhoni holds the record of scoring the most number of runs without scoring a half-century. He scored over 1000 runs without scoring a fifty.
8. Dhoni has scored most centuries by any batsman batting at no. 7. He has scored two centuries at this position- against Pakistan and Africa XI both at Chepauk in Chennai.
9. Dhoni holds the record for bowling the most number of times for a wicketkeeper. He has bowled 9 times in total in his career. Dhoni took his first international wicket against West Indies when he dismissed Travis Dowlin in 2009.
10. Dhoni’s sixth-wicket partnership of 218 runs with Mahela Jayawardene in the Afro-Asia cup 2007 is a world record!
11. MS Dhoni is the only man to win ODI cricketer of the year twice.