Mahendra Singh Dhoni: The Crowned Head Of ODI Internationals

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The Big Dog of Indian Cricket Team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already tagged himself as one of the greatest one day players of this era. That tag of his has become much bigger with his fourth ODI stint against Sri Lanka in Colombo today as it would be the completion of his landmark 300 One-Day Internationals.

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Starting from his impeccable captainship to his unorthodox brain work, he carried the connotation of Best Captain for our nation along with the two World Cup titles, the World T20 in 2007 and the 50-overs World Cup in 2011. Post his retirement from captainship he has been a pivot for Indian cricket team whether being a guide to the current skipper Virat Kohli or being the senior most cap holder to Indian dugout. All in a slot it is evident considering today’s game to all that he has become only the sixth Indian player to feature in 300 ODIs and the 20th player overall in world cricket.

One of the fittest members of the squad, Dhoni recently silenced all his critics with two good knocks (45 not out and 67 not out) in tight run chases against Sri Lanka and also settled the debate about him going on to play till the 2019 World Cup.

Dhoni boasts an impressive record for India in ODIs, with 9,434 runs at an average of 51, with most of them coming under pressure in tight run chases, including his amazing 91 not out in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka which has been etched in the memory of Indian fans forever.

Not surprisingly, the King of Run Chases averages an astonishing 101 in 95 matches in successful run chases! Surely that record would do some talking on his behalf. Dhoni is one rare player who is never affected by the extra burden of captaincy, with a much better average as skipper than when playing as a pure batsman.

Dhoni’s record in One-Day Internationals

TEAM MATCHES RUNS HIGHEST SCORE AVERAGE STRIKE RATE 100 50
India 296 9,434 183* 51.55 87.99 9 65
Asia XI 3 174 139* 87.00 125.17 1 0
ODI career 299 9,608 183* 51.93 88.47 10 65

Dhoni: Year by Year

YEAR MATCHES RUNS HIGHEST SCORE AVERAGE STRIKE RATE 100 50
2004 3 19 12 9.50 135.71 0 0
2005 27 895 183* 49.72 103.11 2 3
2006 29 821 96 41.05 92.97 0 7
2007 37 1,103 139* 44.12 89.60 1 7
2008 29 1,097 109* 57.73 82.29 1 8
2009 29 1,198 124 70.47 85.57 2 9
2010 18 600 101* 46.15 78.94 1 3
2011 24 764 91* 58.76 89.88 0 6
2012 16 524 113* 65.50 87.62 1 3
2013 26 753 139* 62.75 96.04 1 5
2014 12 418 79* 52.25 92.07 0 5
2015 20 640 92* 45.71 86.83 0 4
2016 13 278 80 27.80 80.11 0 1
2017 16 498 134 83.00 82.86 1 4

Dhoni: Against each opponent

OPPONENT MATCHES RUNS HIGHEST ZSCORE AVERAGE STRIKE RATE 100 50
Sri Lanka 61 2,261 183* 64.60 90.07 2 18
England 44 1,425 134 45.96 88.95 1 10
Australia 43 1,255 139* 41.83 81.22 2 6
Pakistan 33 1,230 148 55.90 90.50 2 9
West Indies 33 899 95 59.93 90.26 0 7
New Zealand 21 773 84* 51.53 81.45 0 6
South Africa 30 727 92* 31.60 88.76 0 4
Bangladesh 18 465 101* 51.66 85.32 1 2
Zimbabwe 6 208 85* 208.00 112.43 0 3
Africa XI 3 174 139* 87.00 125.17 1 0
Hong Kong 1 109 109* 113.54 1 0
Ireland 2 34 34 34.00 68.00 0 0
Bermuda 1 29 29 29.00 116.00 0 0
The Netherlands 1 19 19* 47.50 0 0
Scotland 1
UAE 1

Dhoni: Batting first and second

MATCHES RUNS HIGHEST SCORE AVERAGE STRIKE RATE 100 50
Batting 1st 134 5,323 148 53.23 95.12 8 35
Batting 2nd 160 4,285 183* 50.41 81.40 2 30
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Successful chases 95 2,546 183* 101.84 89.42 2 17

Dhoni’s Scoring Pattern

DOTS 48.3 %
Ones 36.6 %
Twos 5.9 %
Threes 0.5 %
Fours 6.8 %
Sixes 1.9 %

Dhoni’s Record as a Captain/Player

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MATCHES RUNS HIGHEST SCORE AVERAGE STRIKE RATE 100 50
As a player 100 2,975 183* 47.98 93.73 4 18
As a captain 199 6,633 139* 53.92 86.29 6 47

Dhoni, Under Various Captains

CAPTAIN MATCHES RUNS HIGHEST SCORE AVERAGE STRIKE RATE 100 50
Sourav Ganguly 12 418 148 46.44 107.45 1 2
Rahul Dravid 65 1,719 183* 40.92 91.97 1 11
Virender Sehwag 4 166 96 55.33 94.31 0 1
Mahela Jayawardene # 3 174 139* 87.00 125.17 1 0
M S Dhoni 199 6,633 139* 53.92 86.29 6 47
Virat Kohli 16 498 134 83.00 82.86 1 4

(# for Asia XI)Dhoni’s favorite bowlers

BOWLER BALLS RUNS WKTS AVERAGE STRIKE RATE
James Faulkner (Australia) 108 152 1 152.00 140.74
Shane Watson (Australia) 115 135 1 135.00 117.39
Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) 317 268 2 134.00 84.54
Farveez Maharoof (Sri Lanka) 121 127 1 127.00 104.95
Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka) 107 119 1 119.00 111.21
Abdul Razzaq (Pakistan) 124 117 0 94.35
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) 250 207 2 103.50 82.80
Graeme Swann (England) 135 101 1 101.00 74.81
Thilan Thusara (Sri Lanka) 109 101 1 101.00 92.66
Johan Botha (South Africa) 101 99 1 99.00 98.01
Nuwan Kulasekara (Sri Lanka) 105 97 1 97.00 92.38
Stuart Broad (England) 102 92 1 92.00 90.19
Dwayne Bravo (West Indies) 92 87 1 87.00 94.56
Tim Southee (New Zealand) 85 85 1 85.00 100.00
Samit Patel (England) 78 83 1 83.00 106.41
Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan) 135 81 0 60.00
Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan) 111 79 1 79.00 71.17
Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka) 69 78 1 78.00 113.04
Jason Holder (West Indies) 66 75 0 113.63
Nathan Hauritz (Australia) 110 75 0 68.18
Xavier Doherty (Australia) 109 69 1 69.00 63.30
Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka) 190 204 3 68.00 107.36

Dhoni’s nemesis

BOWLER BALLS RUNS WICKETS AVERAGE STRIKE RATE
Brett Lee (Australia) 91 71 5 14.20 78.02
Shoaib Malik (Pakistan) 101 94 4 23.50 93.06
Dilhara Fernando (Sri Lanka) 119 102 4 25.50 85.71
Tim Bresnan (England) 96 111 4 27.75 115.62
James Anderson (England) 115 112 4 28.00 97.39
Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka) 120 115 4 28.75 95.83

Dhoni’s captaincy records in ODIs

MATCHES WON LOST TIED NR WIN%
199 110 74 4 11 55.28

Dhoni’s Wicketkeeping

MATCHES CATCHES STUMPINGS
299 278 99

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