MS Dhoni – one of the greats

ICC congratulates MS Dhoni for a marvellous career after the legendary keeper/batter tweeted his retirement. Photo: ICC/Getty Images

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has congratulated former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for a wonderful international career that saw him lead his team to victory in all three major ICC tournaments for men.

The 39-year-old, who was captain of the teams that won the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2011 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013, has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Dhoni was an accomplished all-rounder with his smart work behind the stumps and with the bat and was known as one of the greatest finishers in limited-overs cricket.


ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney: “MS Dhoni is one of the all-time greats of the game. The image of his winning shot at the Wankhede Stadium in the 2011 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final is etched in the memory of cricket lovers around the world.

“He has inspired a whole generation and will be sorely missed. On behalf of the ICC, I congratulate him for an outstanding cricket career and wish him all the best for the future.”

Dhoni scored 4,876 runs in 98 matches with 256 catches and 38 stumpings in a Test career that he called an end to in 2014. In ODIs, he scored 10,773 runs with 321 catches and 123 stumpings, last turning out for India in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. In T20Is, he aggregated 1617 runs with 57 catches and 34 stumpings. He scored six centuries in Tests and 10 in ODIs.

Dhoni spent 656 days as the top-ranked batsman in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings from 2006 to 2010 and was the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009.

He was in the ICC ODI Teams of the Year in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and in the ICC Test Teams of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. He won the ICC Spirit of Cricket award in 2011.

Dhoni’s Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 90 144 16 4876 224 38.09 8249 59.11 6 33 544 78 256 38
ODIs 350 297 84 10773 183* 50.57 12303 87.56 10 73 826 229 321 123
T20Is 98 85 42 1617 56 37.60 1282 126.13 0 2 116 52 57 34
First-class 131 210 19 7038 224 36.84 9 47 364 57
List A 423 364 99 13353 183* 50.38 17 87 402 141
T20s 317 283 117 6621 84* 39.88 4882 135.62 0 27 451 295 170 83

Source: Cricinfo

Dhoni’s international records (Source: Wikipedia)
Test cricket
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India topped the Test cricket rankings for the first time, in 2009.
Dhoni is the most successful Indian Test captain with 27 Test wins, eclipsing Sourav Ganguly’s record of 21.
Dhoni has the most overseas Test defeats by an Indian captain, with 15.
Dhoni is the first Indian wicket-keeper to complete 4,000 Test runs.
Dhoni’s 224 against Australia in Chennai is the third-highest score by an Indian captain.[153] En route to 224, Dhoni registered the highest Test score by an Indian wicket-keeper when he was on 193, beating Budhi Kunderan’s 192. It was also the highest score by a wicket-keeper–captain beating Englishman Alec Stewart’s 164.
Dhoni’s maiden century against Pakistan in Faisalabad (148) is the fastest century scored by an Indian wicket-keeper, and fourth overall.
After hitting a six in the third Test against England in Southampton, Dhoni completed 50 sixes as a captain, an Indian record.
Dhoni, with 294 dismissals in his career, ranks first in the all-time dismissals list by Indian wicket-keepers.
Dhoni shares the record for most dismissals in an innings (6, with Syed Kirmani) and in a match (9) by an Indian wicket-keeper.

ODI cricket
Dhoni is third captain (and the first non-Australian) overall to win 100 games.
Fourth Indian to reach 10,000 ODI runs after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly & Rahul Dravid and also the second wicket-keeper to reach the milestone.
First player to pass 10,000 runs in ODI cricket with having a career average of over 50.
Dhoni has the fifth highest batting average (51.09), among cricketers with more than 5,000 runs and the second highest batting average among players with an aggregate of over 10,000 runs.
Most career runs in ODI history when batting at number 6 position (4031)
Only player to score more than one hundred in ODI cricket when batting at number 7 position or lower (Dhoni has 2 centuries at number 7).
Most not outs (82) in ODIs.
First Indian and fifth overall to hit 200 sixes in ODIs.
Dhoni’s 183* against Sri Lanka in 2005 is the highest score by a wicket-keeper.
Dhoni’s 113 against Pakistan in Chennai in 2012 is the highest by a captain batting at number 7.
Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were involved in a partnership of 100 not out against Sri Lanka, which is India’s highest eighth wicket partnership in ODIs.[166]
Most unbeaten innings and highest average (among batsmen with more that 20 such innings) in successful ODI run-chases.
Holds the record for playing the most matches in ODI history as captain who has also served as a wicket-keeper(200)
Dhoni holds the records of the most dismissals in an innings (6) and career (432) by an Indian wicket-keeper.
Dhoni has the most stumpings (120) by any wicket-keeper in an ODI career and is so far the only keeper to pass 100 stumpings
First Indian wicket-keeper to take 300 ODI catches and fourth wicket-keeper in the world to achieve the feat.

T20I Cricket
Most wins in T20Is as captain (41)
Most matches as captain in T20Is(72)
Most matches in T20I history as both captain and wicket-keeper (72)
Most consecutive T20I innings without a duck (84).
Dhoni holds the record for playing the most T20I innings (76) and scored the most runs(1,153) before scoring a fifty.
Most dismissals as wicket-keeper in T20Is (87)
Most catches as wicket-keeper in T20Is (54)
Most stumpings as wicket-keeper in T20Is (33)
Most catches as wicketkeeper in a T20I innings (5)
International records (combined ODI, Test and T20I)
He has played the most international matches as captain (332)
Dhoni is the first, and so far only, wicket-keeper to effect 150 stumping dismissals across the three forms of the game. His current total of stumpings in internationals stands at 161.

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