The ‘finisher’ MS Dhoni was on the task on Saturday as India chased down a target of 237 runs despite losing 4 wickets before even reaching the 100-run mark. His unbeaten 59-run knock was duly complemented by Kedar Jadhav’s 81-not out as the Men in Blue pulled the team 1-0 up by claiming a win in the first ODI by 6 wickets. Considering the sort of form Dhoni is in, he would back himself to add 33 more runs to the overall tally and join Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar among a total of 5 Indians to amass 17,000 runs across all formats in international cricket.
The year 2019 has seen Dhoni in extraordinary form, especially against Australia. Having bagged three back-to-back half-centuries in the ODI series during India’s tour Down Under, the former Ranchi-born wicket-keeper batsman bagged his fourth consecutive in the format against the Aussies in Hyderabad on Saturday. The tally of runs this year, sees him sit on a Don Bradman-esque average of 150.50.
Having accumulated a total of 301 runs so far this calendar year, the 37-year-old is currently second in the list of players with the best average in one year (minimum 300 runs). He is also the team’s third-highest scorer against Australia, having reached the 1600-run mark in the format during the first ODI.
The man who keeps reaching new milestones is now only 33 runs away from bagging another huge one. Dhoni would become only the 6th Indian batsman to score 17,000 runs across formats if he adds the said runs to his tally in Nagpur on Tuesday.
The milestone would put him in the elite list of players including Tendulkar, Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag. Here’s how the list goes:
- Sachin Tendulkar (34,357)
- Rahul Dravid (24,208)
- Virat Kohli (19,453)
- Sourav Ganguly (18,575)
- Virender Sehwag (17,253)
Here’s the breakdown of Dhoni’s stats in different formats in international cricket:
- Tests: 4,876 runs
- ODIs: 10,474 runs
- T20Is: 1,617 runs
The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur also is a happy hunting ground for the veteran cricketer. He has scored 268 runs in 5 match at VCA, which sees him sit top in the list of batsman with most runs at the venue. Having scored two centuries at the stadium already, Dhoni would hope to reach the three-figure mark once again, having not done so in January 2017.