MS Dhoni 4th Indian after Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid to score 10000 ODI runs

MS Dhoni became the fourth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid to score 10,000 ODI runs. He needed 33 to get to the milestone before the first ODI of the three-match series between England and India.

Overall, Dhoni became only the 12th player in ODI history to reach the 10000-run club. Besdies the four Indian stalwarts, the elite list includes

Tillekaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka), Ricky Ponting (Australia), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Brian Lara (West Indies) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan).

Tendulkar was the first to reach the 10000-run mark and remains the fastest to get there. After debuting on December 18, 1989, the Master Blaster created history when he scored his 10000th run in his 259th innings against Australia in Indore on March 31, 2001. His long-time India teammate and friend Ganguly was the next to get there off 263 innings – on August 3, 2005. Jayasuriya, who debuted in 1989, reached the 10000-run mark six days after Ganguly, taking 328 innings.

Dhoni is the fourth quickest to the landmark in terms of innings – after Tendulkar, Ganguly, Ponting (266) and Kallis (272). The Ranchi superstar made his debut against Bangladesh on December 23, 2004 but was runout for a duck.

However, Dhoni soon started dominating cricket headlines with his destructive batting – in only his fifth ODI, he smashed a 123-ball 148 against Pakistan on April 5, 2005 to announce his arrival in the world stage. Thereafter, he established himself as a hard-hitting batsman, who could float anywhere in the line-up.

Later in 2005, he blasted 183 not out off 145 balls against Sri Lanka as India blazed down a steep target in Jaipur. After being appointed captain in 2007, Dhoni dropped himself down the order and went on to become world cricket’s most consistent finsher.

He only has 10 ODI hundreds and it took him more than four years to score one after his ninth ton against Pakistan in December 2012. But who knows? Dhoni might have had a few more hundreds to his name had he not demoted himself.

After Virat Kohli took over as India’s limited-overs captain, he had intended to get Dhoni to bat higher up but that has not always been possible because of team combinations. Ironically, Kohli is in line to become the fifth Indian to reach 10000 ODI runs and could well become the fastest to get there.

Updated: July 14, 2018 — 10:39 pm