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In Numbers: M S Dhoni's glorious career

Last updated on: August 17, 2020 09:27 IST

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

IMAGE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday, August 15. Photographs: BCCI
 

Not one to hog the limelight, Mahendra Singh Dhoni ended his India career in his trademark fashion, without much of fanfare.

All it took was an Instagram post on August 15, 2020, for the cricket legend to end his famed career, which saw several landmarks for Indian cricket -- including two World Cup titles, ICC Championship Trophy and the World No 1 ranking in Test cricket.

He is the first and the only captain so far to win all three ICC trophies.

Leaving behind a rich legacy that will be difficult to replicate, Dhoni holds the record for most international matches as captain (332).

Unarguably the quickest man behind the wicket, Dhoni has 195 international stumpings, the most by any wicket-keeper.

Rajneesh Gupta presents a detailed statistical analysis of Dhoni's India career:

International career (2004-2019)

ODI debut: v Bangladesh, Chittagong (now Chattogram), December 23, 2004

Test debut: v Sri Lanka, Chennai, December 2, 2005

T20I debut: v South Africa, Johannesburg, December 1, 2006

Last Test: v Australia, Melbourne, December 30, 2014

Last T20I: v Australia, Bengaluru, February 27, 2019

Last ODI: v New Zealand, Manchester, July 10, 2019

Dhoni's career record

 MatchesRunsHsAverageStrike Rate100sSixesCaught/Stumpings
Tests 90 4,876 224 38.09 59.11 6 78 256/38
ODIs 350 10,773 183* 50.57 87.56 10 229 321/123
T20Is 98 1,617 56 37.60 126.13 0 52 57/34
All Internationals 538 17,266 224 44.96 79.07 16 359 634/195

Dhoni's batting record as captain

 MatchesRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rate100s50s
Tests 60 3,454 224 40.63 57.82 5 24
ODIs 200 6,641 139* 53.55 86.21 6 47
T20Is 72 1,112 48* 37.06 122.60 0 0
All internationals 332 11,207 224 46.89 76.84 11 71

Dhoni's captaincy win/loss record

 MatchesWonLostTiedNR/DrawnWin%
Tests 60 27 18 0 15 45.00
ODIs 200 110 74 5 11 55.00
T20Is 72 42 28 0 2 58.33
All intenationals 332 179 120 5 28 53.91

Note: The captaincy record in T20Is includes one match won on the tie-breaker after it finished in a tie.

Dhoni's captaincy win/loss record in ICC events

 MatchesWonLostTiedNRWin%
ODI World Cups 17 14 2 1 0 82.35
T20 World Cups 33 21 11 0 1 63.63
Champions Trophy 8 6 1 0 1 75.00
All ICC events 58 41 14 1 2 70.68

Note: The captaincy record in T20Is includes one match won on the tie-breaker after it finished in a tie.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Dhoni's batting record in Tests

YearMtsRunsAvergage
2005 3 149 37.25
2006 12 557 29.31
2007 8 468 52
2008 12 633 35.16
2009 5 369 92.25
2010 13 749 41.61
2011 12 511 26.89
2012 8 447 40.63
2013 8 459 45.9
2014 9 534 33.37

Dhoni's batting record in ODIs

YearMtsRunsAverage
2004 3 19 9.5
2005 27 895 49.72
2006 29 821 41.05
2007 37 1103 44.12
2008 29 1097 57.73
2009 29 1198 70.47
2010 18 600 46.15
2011 24 764 58.76
2012 16 524 65.5
2013 26 753 62.75
2014 12 418 52.25
2015 20 640 45.71
2016 13 278 27.8
2017 29 788 60.61
2018 20 275 25
2019 18 600 60

In successful run-chases in ODIs, Dhoni has a mind-boggling average of 102.71, which is the highest for any batsman with 1,000 runs or more in winning causes.

Dhoni's batting record in T20Is

YearMtsRunsAvg
2006 1 0 0
2007 8 163 32.6
2008 1 9 9
2009 10 184 23
2010 5 85 42.5
2011 3 39 19.5
2012 14 268 53.6
2013 1 24 -
2014 7 77 77
2015 2 25 25
2016 21 238 47.6
2017 13 252 42
2018 7 123 41
2019 5 130 43.33

Dhoni averages a Bradmanesque 102 in successful run chases in One-Day Internationals, with 2,876 runs in 75 games, bettering Virat Kohli, who is renowned for his batting in run chases, and Australia's legend Michael Bevan.

Highest batting averages in successful chases in ODIs

 InningsNot OutRunsHsAverageStrike Rate10050
M S Dhoni 75 47 2,876 183* 102.71 88.00 2 20
Virat Kohli 86 30 5,388 183 96.21 97.76 22 22
Michael Bevan 45 25 1,725 107 86.25 66.42 3 12
A B de Villiers 59 28 2,566 136* 82.77 96.90 5 18
Joe Root 41 16 1,942 133* 77.68 87.95 6 8
Michael Clarke 53 24 2,142 105* 73.86 77.72 3 17
Hansie Cronje/td> 43 19 1,682 94 70.08 80.36 0 15
Martin Crowe 32 11 1,470 107* 70.00 78.10 2 12

Dhoni's batting showed great improvement after he handed over the captaincy to Kohli.

Dhoni under Virat Kohli

 MatchesInningsNot OutRunsHighest ScoreAvgStrike Rate100s50s
in ODIs 57 44 17 1513 134 56.03 83.04 1 11
in T20Is 18 15 7 349 56 43.62 135.79 0 2

There were question marks over Dhoni's place in the team in the last year of his career with India as he struggled to get the big hits which he was known for earlier in his career and he also struggled to finish off matches.

Dhoni in the final year of his career (August 2018-July 2019)

 MtsInnsNORunsHsAvgSR100s50s
in ODIs 29 23 6 727 87* 42.76 80.42 0 6
in T20Is 5 5 2 130 40 43.33 116.07 0 0

Dhoni's Man of Match awards in Tests: 2

OppositionVenueYearBattingCtSt
Australia Mohali 2008 92 & 68* 2 1
Australia Chennai 2013 224 0 1

Dhoni's Man of Match awards in One-Day Internationals: 21

OppositionVenueYearBattingCtSt
Pakistan Visakhapatnam 2005 148 2 0
Sri Lanka Jaipur 2005 183* 1 0
Pakistan Lahore 2006 72* 3 0
Bangladesh Dhaka 2007 91* 0 1
Africa XI Chennai 2007 139* 0 3
Australia Chandigarh 2007 50* 0 2
Pakistan Guwahati 2007 63 0 1
Sri Lanka Karachi 2008 67 2 0
Sri Lanka Colombo (RPS) 2008 76 2 0
New Zealand Napier 2009 84* 1 1
West Indies Gros Islet 2009 46* 2 1
Australia Nagpur 2009 124 1 1
Bangladesh Dhaka 2010 101* 0 0
Sri Lanka Mumbai 2011 91* 1 0
England Hyderabad 2011 87* 1 1
Sri Lanka Adelaide 2012 58* 2 0
Pakistan Chennai 2012 113* 0 0
Pakistan Delhi 2013 36 1 1
Sri Lanka Port of Spain 2013 45* 1 3
South Africa Indore 2015 92* 3 1
West Indies North Sound 2017 78* 0 1

Twenty20 Internationals:0

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Tests:

One-Day Internationals:

Twenty20 Internationals:

International cricket:

Miscellaneous:

Only captain to win all three ICC trophies -- ODI World Cup, Champions Trophy and T20 World Cup.

RAJNEESH GUPTA