July is MS Dhoni‘s birthday month and the Indian wicketkeeping legend has made July 2018 all the more special for himself as he has breached one milestone after the other during the limited-overs leg of India’s ongoing tour of England.
As the 37-year-old icon prepares for his final outing of this tour in Tuesday’s decider in Leeds, we take a look at all the limited-overs milestones that Dhoni has ticked off to underline and further strengthen his status as an absolute legend of the game.
1. 10,000 ODI Runs
During the 2nd ODI of the series at Lord’s, Dhoni breached the 10,000 ODI run barrier as he made his way to a rather uncharacteristic 59-ball 37 in a losing cause. In doing so, he became only the fourth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly and the 12th cricketer across the globe to reach the milestone.
In this elite list of 12 former greats, Dhoni is the only man to average more than 50, with a current mark of 51.30 from 273 ODI innings (with 78 not outs).
2. 300 ODI Catches
When he took Jos Buttler‘s catch of Umesh Yadav‘s bowling in the Lord’s ODI, MS Dhoni also completed 300 catches in ODI cricket and became just the fourth man in history to reach the milestone. This particular wicketkeeping milestone came after he had already passed 50 catches in T20 cricket earlier in the tour, including becoming the first man to hold five catches in a T20 match.
3. ODI double of 10,000 runs and 300 catches
Dhoni is also the second ever player after Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara to have completed the rare ODI double of 10,000 runs and 300 catches. The now retired Sanga is the second-highest run-getter in ODI cricket and is only behind the great Sachin Tendulkar who amassed over 18,000 runs in the format. The former Sri Lanka captain scored 14,234 career runs and effected 482 dismissals in ODIs, including 383 catches and 99 stumpings.
4. 500 International Games
The ongoing tour of United Kingdom has also seen Dhoni surpass the 500 games mark in international cricket. The third match of the ODI series against England on Tuesday (July 17) will be the 321st ODI of the former captain’s nearly 14-year-old career. He has also represented India in 90 Tests and 93 T20 internationals so far.
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