5 records which Dhoni can break: The Sportsrush present before you six records which MS Dhoni can achieve during 2019 World Cup.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be the fourth such tournament for former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The 37-year old cricketer still being a crucial cog in the wheel for India speaks highly of him saying relevant during his 15-year long international career.
Having played his first World Cup as a wicket-keeper batsman in 2007, Dhoni led India to the title and semi-finals in 2011 and 2015 respectively. Now again playing as a wicket-keeper batsman, the Indian team would be looking to bank on the veteran cricketer’s experience.
For someone who has been constantly playing international cricket for so long, milestones are bound to be in vicinity and the situation is no different for Dhoni.
5 records which Dhoni can break in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Most runs in ODIs
In 341 ODIs, Dhoni has scored 10,500 runs at an average of 50.72 and a strike rate of 87.55 including 10 centuries. Currently at No. 11 in the list of highest run-scorers, Dhoni has the chance to improve his rank in the iconic list.
India captain Virat Kohli (10,843) and legendary batsman Rahul Dravid (10,889) are currently above Dhoni in this list. Since Kohli will also be playing in the World Cup, no exact amount of runs are known to surpass him. However, Dhoni needs 390 runs to surpass Dravid.
Most 50s in ODIs
In 341 matches, Dhoni has scored as many as 71 half-centuries. Currently at No. 9 in the list, Dhoni needs one half-century to draw level with former India captain Sourav Ganguly (72) and two half-centuries to move above him in the list.
Hundred for MS Dhoni!
A scintillating century, one that’s come from just 73 balls. pic.twitter.com/Uos2gDRwl3
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 28, 2019
Among the other Indians in the list above Dhoni are Rahul Dravid (83) and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar (96).
Most runs as wicket-keeper batsman in World Cup
In 20 World Cup matches, Dhoni has scored 507 runs at an average of 42.25 and a strike rate of 91.18 including three half-centuries. Currently at No. 6 in the list, Dhoni has a clear chance of improving his rank in this category.
While Dhoni needs only four runs to surpass Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, the same can’t be said as even Rahim is taking part in the tournament.
However, what can be confirmed is that Dhoni needs only 14 runs to move past Brendon Taylor and Alec Stewart, both of whom have scored 520 runs in the World Cup. The top two spots are comfortably occupied by Adam Gilchrist (1,085) and Kumar Sangakkara (1,532).
Most dismissals as a wicket-keeper in World Cup
During his World Cup career, Dhoni has affected 32 dismissals (27 catches and five stumpings) behind the wickets. Currently at No. 3 in the list, Dhoni will have to put in extremely hard yards to improve his rank in this category. The two stalwarts above him in the list are Adam Gilchrist (52) and Kumar Sangakkara (54).
Dhoni needs to affect 20 and 22 dismissals with his gloves to draw level with Gilchrist and Sangakkara respectively. If Dhoni becomes successful in doing so, he should also create a new record with respect to most dismissals as a wicket-keeper in one World Cup.
The record currently lies with Gilchrist, who had affected as many as 21 dismissals during ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. Dhoni’s best World Cup as a wicket-keeper was the last one in Australia when he had affected 15 dismissals.
A wicket-keeping record which is in Dhoni’s vicinity is regarding most stumping dismissals in World Cup. Having stumped five batsmen during his World Cup career, Dhoni needs three more stumping dismissals to top this list. The current record of seven stumping dismissals in World Cup is with Kumar Sangakkara and Moin Khan.
Most runs by an Indian batsman in England
In 29 ODIs in England, Dhoni has scored 665 runs at an average of 36.94 and a strike rate of 83.22 including six half-centuries. Among the Indian batsmen with most runs in England, Dhoni is at No. 8.
His current teammates in Rohit Sharma (687), Virat Kohli (873) and Shikhar Dhawan (976) are all above him. Dhoni needs only 24 runs to surpass Yuvraj Singh (688).
The Top three spots currently rest with Rahul Dravid (1,238), Sachin Tendulkar (1,051) and Sourav Ganguly (1,034).