New Delhi: Former Indian Skipper Dhoni will set a new record in his name on Friday when he will play the second T20I of the three-match series against England. He will become just the third Indian cricketer to play 500 international matches.
Captain Cool Dhoni has played 499 international games till now. He will join Indian legends Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in the list of Indian players who have played over 500 international games.
Tendulkar played a total of 664 international games during his 24-year long international career while Dravid featured in 509 international games during his illustrious career. The list topped by the Master Blaster is followed by Mahela Jayawardene (652), Kumar Sangakkara (594), Sanath Jayasuriya (586), Ricky Ponting (560), Shahid Afridi (524), Jacques Kallis (519) and Dravid.
Dhoni played his international debut match in 2004 in an ODI against Bangladesh while his Test debut came in 2005 against Sri Lanka. The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman has so far played 499 international matches (90Tests, 318 ODIs and 91 T20Is) and today’s match will be his 500th international game.
In 2008, after the retirement of Indian Jumbo spinner Anil Kumble from Test cricket, Mahi also took over the job of Test skipper and went onto lead Men in Blues across formats for next six years.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India won the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup and ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
MS Dhoni leads the list for India, having played 91 of the 101 games that the Men in Blue have played in the shortest format. He made his T20I debut in India’s first ever Twenty20 game, against South Africa back in 2006.
Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014. In a total of 90 matches, he amassed 4876 runs. In 2017, Dhoni quit as captain of the Indian cricket team in limited overs cricket as well. Virat Kohli took over the post after team India’s most successful captain stepped aside from the leadership job.
Dhoni’s international cricket stats so far: