Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the best captains the game has ever produced. He has enjoyed a great career, and etched his name in the annals of cricket. Dhoni has amassed a large number of records under his impressive name. Let’s take a look at 5 of his records which have a strong chance of belonging to the former skipper.
Only Captain to win all the 3 ICC trophies
MS Dhoni is widely considered as one of the best captains of the game for this major reason. He is the only captain to have led the team to all the 3 ICC trophies. India won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, the ODI World Cup in 2011, and the Champions Trophy in 2013. With he Champions Trophy tournament now phased out, there is no chance of anyone taking this accolade away from the prolific batsman.
Only player to lead a team in 6 T20 World Cups
MS Dhoni has enjoyed a lengthy career in the national team. He has also been a captain for the majority of his career. Thus, this record was an easy grab for one of the most successful captains in the world. He led the team to World Cup glory in the very first edition of the T20 World Cup by defeating Pakistan in the finals. To break this record, a player would have to captain the team for more than 12 years, which is a huge task in itself. Leave it to the master to be the constant presence in a dynamic dressing room.
First Indian To Reach 350 dismissals
Dhoni is a prolific wicket-keeper, and his reaction time while stumping is less than a second. He is the only Indian wicket-keeper to get to 350 dismissals. The next Indian after him is Nayan Mongia, who recorded 154 dismissals. Unless another special talent keeps the wickets for the country, Dhoni’s record looks to stand the test of time.
Most stumpings in International cricket
We already talked about Dhoni’s talent behind the stumps. This entry is another example of his lightning-quick work with the gloves. He has effected an incredible 188 stumpings. The second in the list is Kumar Sangakkara with 134 stumpings. In the modern era, Sarfaraz Ahmed is the closest to Dhoni’s record with 54 stump-outs. The deficit alone tells the story of a long-standing record for the former Indian skipper.
Most International matches as captain
Longevity has been a huge part of Dhoni’s success in the game. Since being made captain after India’s dismal showing in the 2007 ODI World Cup, Dhoni has been consistently showing good results. Dhoni officially handed over the charge to Virat Kohli in 2017, putting an end to a 10-year long captaincy. He led the team in 331 matches. The next Indian after him is Virat Kohli with 126 games. Kane Williamson is another captain who has 116 matches. These are low numbers as compared to Dhoni’s, and it looks like he will reign comfortably for the foreseeable future.