Indian Cricket Captain M.S.Dhoni has become the first Indian Wicket Keeper to score a double century.
On the 3rd day of the 1st Test against Australia on 24th February 2013, held at M.A.Chidambaram Stadium Chennai, Dhoni scored 206 runs in 243 balls –Not Out.
Highest Score By an Indian Captain Against Australia in Test Cricket:
The above is the highest score by an Indian captain against Australia in Test Cricket.
Crossed the 4000 Runs-Mark:
Dhoni crossed the 4000-run mark in Test cricket against Sri Lanka at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
Highest Individual Score By An Indian Wicket-Keeper-Batsman:
Dhoni also has the highest individual score by an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, surpassing Budhi Kunderan’s 192.
Tops in the List of Wicket Keepers Captained Tests:
Only 9 cricket players have captained 10 or more Tests while playing as wicket-keepers.
Dhoni tops the above list with 33 Tests as captain, 15 ahead of Gerry Alexander who is in the second place with 18 tests as captain.
The Most Expensive/Costly IPL Cricket Player:
Dhoni was contracted by the “Chennai Super Kings”, in the IPL Cricket, for 1.5 Million USD, which made him the most expensive/costly player in the IPL for the first season auctions.
Highest Score By Any Batsman in the Second Innings:
On 31 October 2005, Dhoni scored 183 runs in just 145 balls, against Sri Lanka,in Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, which is the highest score made by any batsman in the second innings, which was latter bettered by-
Australian player Shane Watson who scored 185 runs in 96 balls against Bangladesh at Dhaka on 11 April 2011. The innings featured 10 Sixes – the most by an Indian in an innings, and the fifth highest in ODIs. Dhoni broke Adam Gilchrist’s record of 172 runs for the highest score made by a wicket keeper.
The innings set the record for the most number of runs scored in boundaries (120 – 15×4; 10×6) breaking the record held by Saeed Anwar of Pakistan.
However this was later broken by Herschelle Gibbs (126 runs in boundaries – 21×4; 7×6) against Australia during his knock of 175. The score of 183 of Dhoni equalled Ganguly’s innings during the 1999 Cricket World Cup as the highest individual score against Sri Lanka.
Among Indian batsmen who have played more than 50 matches, Dhoni has the highest runs-average.
Dhoni’s batting average is also the highest amongst wicketkeepers in ODIs.
In June 2007, Dhoni(139) and Mahela Jayawardene(107) set a new world record for the sixth wicket partnership of 218 runs against Africa XI during the Afro-Asia Cup.
Highest Individual Score By a Number 7 Batsman in ODI:
Dhoni passed Shaun Pollock’s record for the highest individual score by a number seven batsman in one-day internationals during his unbeaten innings of 139. Incidentally, Pollock record stood for just three days as his score of 130 came in the first match of the 2007- Afro-Asia Cup while Dhoni’s century came in the third and final match of the series.
The Most Number of Dismissals in an innings by Indian Wicket Keeper:
Dhoni also holds the records of the most dismissals in an innings by an Indian wicketkeeper and joint International (with Adam Gilchrist) with 6 dismissals (5 catches and one stumping) against England at Headlingly 2 September 2007.
Dhoni holds the Indian record of most dismissals in ODIs. He went past Nayan Mongia’s 154 for India on 14 November 2008, when he caught Ian Bell off Zaheer Khan at Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot. However including 3 ODIs against Africa XI, his 155th dismissal was TM Dilshan caught off Munaf Patel at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on 24 August 2008
Having already effected 165 dismissals (125 catches + 40 stumpings), Dhoni became the sixth wicketkeeper to complete the “double” of 4,000 runs and 100 dismissals in the history of ODIs. Dhoni’s feat of completing the “double” of 4,000 runs and 100 dismissals in only 114 innings is a world record. He is the youngest wicket-keeper batsman to do so (27 years and 208 days) after the following Wicket Keepers :
- Adam Gilchrist of Australia
- Andy Flower of England
- Alec Stewart of England
- Mark Boucher of South Africa and
- Kumar Sangakkara of Srilanka–
Dhoni is the only captain in the ODI history to score a century while batting at No.7. He did this against Pakistan on 30th December2012.
Dhoni topped the ICC -ODI Batsman rankings for several months continuously in 2009, Hussy from Australia replaced him for the top spot in the beginning of 2010.
Dhoni had an excellent year in ODIs in 2009 scoring 1198 runs in just 24 innings at an astonishing average of 70.43.
Dhoni was also the joint top-scorer in ODIs in 2009, along with Ricky Ponting, who had played in 30 innings.
Scored 2 Centuries in Srilanka Tour 2009:
Dhoni scored two centuries in Sri Lanka’s tour of India in 2009, a series of 3 matches, in which he led India to a 2–0 victory. With this feat, India soared up to the number 1 position in Test cricket for the first time in history. It was under his captaincy that India climbed to No. 1 in the ICC Test Rankings in December 2009.
After that Dhoni managed to lead India in a series-levelling world championship of Tests against the South Africans in February 2010.After winning the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup for India against Sri Lanka on 2 April 2011 with his match winning knock of unbeaten 91, Tendulkar heaped praises on Dhoni, claiming him to be the best captain he has played under.
Won the 2011 World Cup:
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India won the 2011- World Cup.
The Fastest Century Scored by an Indian Wicket-Keeper:
Dhoni’s maiden century against Pakistan in Faisalabad (148) is the fastest century scored by an Indian wicket keeper.
Only three centuries by two other wicket-keepers Kamran Akmal and Adam Gilchrist were faster than Dhoni’s 93 ball century.
Biggest Ever Win in terms of Runs:
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India defeated Australia by 320 runs on 21 October 2008, biggest ever win in terms of runs for India.
The Most Number of Catches:
Dhoni holds the record for most catches by an Indian player in an innings.He achieved this feat by taking six catches during the first innings of the third test against New Zealand in Wellington in April 2009.
Dhoni also equalled Syed Kirmani’s record for most dismissals in an innings by an Indian wicket-keeper.
Syed Kirmani had effected 6 dismissals (5 catches and 1 stumping) against New Zealand in 1976.
Dhoni now has equalled that record for most dismissals with 6 dismissals (all 6 catches) against New Zealand in 2009.
Dhoni currently ranks third in the all-time dismissals list by Indian wicket-keepers. With the six dismissals in the first innings of the Test match against New Zealand in Auckland in April 2009, Dhoni has now been involved in 109 dismissals.
The following is the list of top five Indian wicket-keepers, in terms of all-time dismissals
in test matches:
- Syed Kirmani -198 dismissals
- Kiran More -130 dismissals
- Dhoni -109 dismissals
- Nayan Mongia – 107 dismissals and
- Farokh Engineer- 82 dismissals.
Denis Lindsay had accomplished the feat for South Africa against Australia at Johannesburg in December 1966 — 69 & 182 and 6 catches + 2 catches.
The Highest Test Score by India:
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India reached their highest test score of 726–9 (declared) during Sri Lanka’s tour of India in 2009.
Their 2–0 victory in the series took them to the number 1 ranking in Test cricket for the first time in history.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India did not lose a test match until the first test versus South Africa in Nagpur in February 2010.
The Longest Un-beaten Tests:
As a captain, he holds a record for longest unbeaten run in tests from his debut, 11 tests (8 wins and 3 draws).
This record crossed former Australian captain Warwick Armstrong’s run of 10 unbeaten tests (8 wins, 2 draws) from debut. In Dhoni’s streak, however, there was a period of injury in which Virender Sehwag led the side (for 3 draws).
So India’s unbeaten streak was for 14 tests, of which 11 were Dhoni’s. However Dhoni’s unbeaten streak of 11 Test matches ended during India’s tour of England in 2011 and England also replaced India from No. 1 spot in ICC Test team rankings.
The Most Dismissals:
Dhoni shares with Nayan Mongia the record of most dismissals (8) by an Indian wicket-keeper in a Test match, as of February 2013.
Dhoni holds the record of most dismissals (8 – 7 catches and 1 stumping) by an Indian wicket-keeper in a Test match which includes at least one stumping, as of Feb 2013.
The Most Stumpings:
Dhoni holds the world record for most stumpings (12) in test wins as a captain, as of February 2013.
In Dada's Test-winning tally, there are 8 wins over Zimbabwe.. And the topic here is, whether MSD is India's greatest Caption… So the comparison should be with all of his predecessors, not only with Ganguly.
As a player, Dhoni delivers when most needed. Whenever he promotes himself up the order, he delivers, a fact well proved from his classic world-cup innings, or recent 200 run counterattack in tests vs Aussies, or famous 183 run innings..
More than a captain, he should be regarded as a 'package'- a keeper, batsmen and a captain with a enduring fitness. Dhoni, unlike Dada is does not go at the extremities of the play.. I remember, once Sachin was on 194, and Ganguly declared the innings, unnecessarily. And later on the match was drawn.
Moreover, Dhoni is well proved player in all the formats of the game whereas Ganguly's contribution in T-20's is not so worth mentioning(did not have single bid over him in IPL auction)… So the right comparison of Dhoni will be possible only with Kapil Dev who always lead from the front with his superb all-rounder heroics.