MS Dhoni was subject of some on-air criticism for his sedate batting during India’s 86-run defeat against England in the second ODI of three-match ODI series at Lord’s on Saturday.
However, the game was still memorable for the former India skipper as during his knock of 59-ball 37, he became fourth Indian and 12th overall batsman to complete 10,000 runs in ODIs.
With this, he joined his former teammates Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid as the only Indians with 10,000 runs in 50-over format.
Dhoni achieved the feat in the 273rd innings of his 320th match, making him fifth fastest to reach the landmark in terms of the number of innings. Only Tendulkar (259), Ganguly (263), Ricky Ponting (266) and Jacques Kallis (272) have reached the milestone in fewer innings than him.
In terms of the number of balls faced, the Ranchi-born cricketer is the second fastest, on the list, though. Only former Sri Lanka skipper Sanath Jayasuriya reached the mark in fewer balls than him.
The 37-year-old is only the second wicketkeeper-batsman to enter 10,000-run club. Former Sri Lanka cricketer Kumar Sangakkara was the first wicketkeeper-batsman to reach the mark.
The list of top run getters in ODIs is still headed by Tendulkar with a tally of 18,426 runs. Sangakkara (14234) and Australia’s Ricky Ponting (13704) follow him on the list while Sri Lankan Jayasuriya (13430) and Mahela Jayawardene complete the top-five.
Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul Haq (11739), South Africa’s Jacques Kallis (11579), Indian pair of Ganguly (11363) and Dravid (10889), West Indian great Brian Lara (10405), Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan (10290) and now Dhoni are the other batsmen with 10,000 or more runs in ODIs.
India will take on England in the series decider at Leeds on Tuesday.