MS Dhoni becomes the second-most capped Indian player: With his 505th match for India, MS Dhoni has become the second-most capped Indian player.
During the third match of the Super Four stage of the ongoing Asia Cup between India and Pakistan at Dubai, former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni surpassed another former captain in Rahul Dravid to become the second-most capped Indian player.
Playing his 505th match (across formats) for India, Dhoni is second on the list now, only behind Sachin Tendulkar, who has played a mammoth 664 matches for India. Dravid had played 504 matches for India.
Overall, Dravid (509) has played more matches than Dhoni (507) in international cricket. However, some of those matches have come for Asia XI and ICC XI (Dravid) and Asia XI (Dhoni) respectively.
The next Indian on the list is former captain Mohammad Azharuddin, who had played 433 matches for India during his tenure. Among the other current Indian players, Virat Kohli (344) and Suresh Raina (322) are next on the list.
Having made his international debut in 2004, Dhoni went on to become a regular in the Indian team across formats. He captained India in all the formats of the game for around seven years. Retiring from Test cricket in 2014, Dhoni is still an active member of India’s limited-overs team.
Of late Dhoni has been severely criticized for his indifferent form. Not being able to stand tall on his reputation, there have been many questions raised on Dhoni’s place in the team. Having looked good during his innings in India’s last match against Bangladesh, Dhoni had put on board some signs of good form.
In the ongoing match against Pakistan, Dhoni urged captain Rohit Sharma to go for a DRS which earned India the first wicket of the match. Watch some of the Twitter reactions on the ‘Dhoni Review System’:
Dhoni encourages Rohit to go for a review and it’s an excellent one, three reds and Imam-ul-Haq is trapped lbw by Chahalhttps://t.co/EX19pXQfzE #INDvPAK #AsiaCup2018 #AsiaCup pic.twitter.com/EAy3uxoNcf
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 23, 2018
DRS – Dhoni Review System is back!@yuzi_chahal gives India the first breakthrough in the Unimoni #AsiaCup 2018 Super 4 tie against Pakistan! Can the bowlers keep the pressure on? Stay tuned to Star Sports for the LIVE action! #KnockThemOut #INDvPAK
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) September 23, 2018
What a review, incredible MS Dhoni. #IndvPak
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 23, 2018
👉Bowler Not Convinced
👉Captain Not Convinced
👉Umpire Not Convinced
👉MS Dhoni Convinced
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) September 23, 2018