MS Dhoni is one of the best players India ever produced. The ‘Captain Cool’ won the hearts of many due to his exceptional performances in the game. The Indian legend who debuted in 2004 soon won the heart of the entire World with his delightful batting and spectacular leadership skills. Even though he played his last game in 2019 there are many records engraved next to his name in the history books which might last a lifetime.
However, there are a few records registered under MS Dhoni’s name which might be broken in the near future. The prime records held by MS Dhoni which might soon belong to someone else are:
Most International Matches as a Captain:
MS Dhoni first captained the Indian side in the 2007 T20 World Cup. He had an average start of his captaincy career as could not win a direct game till his fourth match against England. However, it was a downhill battle since then and Mahendra Singh Dhoni redefined the skill of captaincy. The Indian skipper led the Indian side for over a decade in which he won Champions Trophy, T20 World Cup and ICC Cricket World Cup. He last captained the Indian side in 2018 taking his final tally of International games as a captain to 332.
However, his record seems in danger and its none other than Virat Kohli who might be coming after his throne. The 31-year-old has led the national side in 181 games and despite some criticism is expected to lead the national side till 2023 World Cup to the very least. The Cricket calendar these days often allows 50-60 International matches for a national side. If Virat Kohli plays played around 80% of these games he should easily eclipse Dhoni’s record.
Fastest Century Scored By an Indian Wicket-Keeper:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored his maiden century against Pakistan in 2nd ODI in a 6 match series against Pakistan. The Indian wicket-keeper who was playing his fifth match reached the milestone in just 88 balls. Even though the century was lightning-fast by the then standards it is just above par now. The current class of Indian wicket-keepers which include Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, and Sanju Samson are all equally capable to break this record.
However, Rishabh Pant will be the prime candidate to break this record. The Delhi batsman possesses a strike rate of over 162 in IPL and definitely has the potential better Dhoni’s record.
Most Wins as a T20 Captain:
MS Dhoni was the second captain to lead India in a T20 game. India played two finals of T20 World Cups under him and emerged victorious in one. The Jharkhand batsman led the Indian side in 72 games out of which he won 41. However, this is one of the records which is most vulnerable in the history books. With two T20 World Cups scheduled to play in the next two years a lot of T20 Cricket can be expected in the near future. Virat Kohli who has won 22 T20 games as a captain might reach this record first. However, Kane Williamson who has won 19 games as a captain and Aaron Finch with 18 games are also able contenders.
Most International Sixes as a Captain:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was particularly well known for his six-hitting ability. The player is often known as a death over specialist clear the ropes 211 times as a skipper in International games as the captain of the side. The special record might be in danger owing to the exceptional power present in the modern bats. Aaron Finch, David Warner, and Virat Kohli might be the closest candidates to this record.
But, all said and done, MS Dhoni’s contribution to Indian cricket is immense and even if these records are broken it won’t make any difference to his stature. He is an absolute legend of the game.