Dhoni Becomes 3rd Indian To Play 500 International Matches


Cardiff: MS Dhoni added yet another feather to his glittering career after completing 500 international games after participating in the second T20I against England at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

Dhoni is now the ninth player in the history of cricket and only the third Indian player, after Sachin Tendulkar (664 matches) and Rahul Dravid (509), to complete 500 international games. Some of the other names to feature on this elusive list are- Mahela Jayawardene (652), Ricky Ponting (560), Shahid Afridi (524) and Jacques Kallis (519). Incidentally, Dhoni’s fastest ODI fifty also came at the Sophia Gardens, thus making it a special venue for the Indian wicketkeeper.

So far Dhoni has featured in 92 T20Is, 90 Test matches and 318 One Day Internationals. In 90 Tests, he had scored 4876 runs with six centuries and 33 half-centuries. So far in the 318 ODIs, he has scored 9967 runs with 10 hundred and 67 half-centuries.

In T20’s before the current match, he has scored 1455 runs with two half-centuries. In 499 international matches so far, he has taken 602 catches and effected 178 stumpings. Dhoni will be turning 37 on Saturday and had made his international debut in 2004 against Bangladesh in an ODI in Chittagong.

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