MS Dhoni added yet another milestone to his glittering career after completing 500 international games when playing in the second T20I against England at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. Dhoni is now the ninth player in the history of cricket and only the third Indian player, after Sachin Tendulkar (664 matches) and Rahul Dravid (509), to complete 500 international games. Some of the other names to feature on this list are – Mahela Jayawardene (652), Ricky Ponting (560), Shahid Afridi (524) and Jacques Kallis (519). Incidentally, Dhoni’s fastest ODI fifty also came at the Sophia Gardens, thus making it a special venue for the Indian wicketkeeper.
So far Dhoni has featured in 92 T20Is, 90 Test matches and 318 One Day Internationals. In 90 Tests, he had scored 4876 runs with six centuries and 33 half-centuries before retiring in 2014. So far in the 318 ODIs, he has scored 9967 runs with 10 hundred and 67 half-centuries. In T20’s before the current match, he had scored 1455 runs with two half-centuries. In 499 international matches so far, he had taken 602 catches and effected 178 stumpings. Dhoni will be turning 37 on Saturday and had made his international debut in 2004 against Bangladesh in an ODI in Chittagong.
In the T20, however, it wasn’t a magical end for Dhoni and Virat Kohli’s men as they suffered defeat when England pulled off a five-wicket win. Alex Hales played a crucial role in England chasing down 12 runs in the final over as Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded a six on the final and the job was complete with a boundary with two balls to spare. Had India won, it would have been their eighth successive win in T20Is – their longest streak ever (they’ve had two streaks of 7 wins before this).
Source: Indian Express