Chandigarh: MS Dhoni created record when he became the fifth Indian cricketer to complete 9,000 runs in One-Day International (ODI) cricket.
Dhoni achieved the feat during the third ODI between India and New Zealand at Mohali on Sunday, wherein India were chasing a daunting target of 286 to win.
Coming into the third ODI, Dhoni had 8,978 runs from 280 matches for India. He has scored 9 centuries and 60 half-centuries, and averaged 51.01. Dhoni is also the fifth highest run-getter for India in ODIs, and also their highest run-scorer in the 50-over format since all the four preceding batsmen have retired
Dhoni, who made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in December 2004, made his first impression against India’s arch rivals Pakistan at Visakhapatnam in April next year. He scored 148 off just 123 balls with 15 boundaries and 4 sixes.
His highest score and perhaps Dhoni’s best innings, however came next year in October when he blasted 183 not out against Sri Lanka. In that innings, the right-handed batsman faced 145 balls, struck 15 boundaries and as many as 10 sixes to rattle the cricketing world.
Despite the feats, it has been a very long time since the dashing batsman has scored a century. His last ODI ton was against Australia, at Mohali in October 2013.
Dhoni is close to leading India in 200 ODIs, and his record as captain is impeccable. He has scored more than 6,500 runs as captain averaging more than 54, hitting 6 centuries and 46 half-centuries.