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MS Dhoni retirement speculation: Dhoni's full batting, wicketkeeping stats, batting average and captaincy records

MS Dhoni retirement: MS Dhoni's retirement speculation has become viral after a cryptic tweet by Virat Kohli.

Sep 12, 2019 16:05 IST
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MS Dhoni retirement: MS Dhoni's retirement speculation has begun going viral after a cryptic tweet by Virat Kohli. Indian skipper Virat Kohli tweeted a picture earlier of him and former skipper MS Dhoni earlier today from India's 2016 T20 World Cup match with a caption that read, "A game I can never forget. Special night. This man, made me run like in a fitness test, @msdhoni."

The tweet has sparked debate and speculation on social media about MS Dhoni's retirement. Fans are questioning the timing of the tweet and speculating whether it means anything. Speculations of MS Dhoni's retirement have been doing rounds ever since the 2019 ICC Cricket World came to a close. 

Virat Kohli's viral tweet:

The ICC World Cup 2019 was MS Dhoni's fourth World Cup and since the start of the tournament, rumours of MS Dhoni's retirement were doing rounds and the speculations intensified after India's semi-final exit from World Cup 2019. Dhoni himself has given no such indication. In fact, when he was asked about it, Dhoni said, “I don't know when I will retire.”

In July, MS Dhoni's childhood coach Keshav Banerjee claimed that when he went to the former skipper's house, Dhoni's parents said that they don't want him to play for the national cricket team anymore. The news came ahead of India's West Indies tour, which Dhoni skipped to fulfil his duty as Lieutenant Colonel in Indian Territorial Army's Parachute Regiment.

So is MS Dhoni going to retire? Can India afford to lose a player like Dhoni at this stage?

This is a question that raises multiple other issues like the problem of quality middle order in the Indian team. The former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni has been an integral part of the Indian cricket team, adding value in every single aspect of the team, both on and off the field. MS Dhoni's last match against New Zealand in the ICC World Cup semi-final was his 350th ODI for India. With the milestone, Dhoni has entered the elite list of batsmen who have played more have 350 ODIs. The list includes legendary cricketers such as Sachin Tendulkar, Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting,  Shahid Afridi, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram.

MS Dhoni batting average during ICC World Cup 2019

MS Dhoni had come under a lot of criticism for his batting approach and inability to make big hits during the ICC World Cup 2019. Dhoni faced great difficulty in converting ones and twos into boundaries. However, the former skipper's reliability is an aspect that cannot be questioned. MS Dhoni has always held on to his wicket when his team needed it the most. 

MS Dhoni as a wicket-keeper

Another key factor is MS Dhoni as a wicket-keeper. MS Dhoni is one of the world’s best wicket-takers. His ability behind the stumps is uncanny as he is known for his lightning quick reflexes and rarely does he miss a stumping chance or a catch.  MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja also set a new record for India by entering the records list of most successful bowler-wicketkeeper pair in ODIs. The combination of Dhoni and Jadeja have together dismissed 29 batsmen in ODI cricket, overtaking the pair of Nayan Mongia and Venkatesh Prasad who have effected 28 dismissals.

MS Dhoni captaincy records

It was under MS Dhoni’s captaincy that India became the top test side, won the 2007 T20 World and finally the historic ODI Cricket World Cup in 2011. Current India captain, Virat Kohli has always had praise for the former skipper and he has often been seen asking for Dhoni's inputs in key decisions. MS Dhoni had announced his retirement from Test cricket on December 30, 2014.

MS Dhoni full batting, wicketkeeping stats, batting average and captaincy records:

Format

No. of Matches

Innings

NO

Runs/ HS

Average

100/50

4s/6s

St

Tests

90

144

16

4876/224

38.09

6/33

544/78

38

ODIs

349

296

84

10723/183*

50.58

10/72

825/228

123

T20Is

98

85

42

1617/56

37.60

0/2

116/52

34

T20s

317

283

117

6621/84*

39.88

0/27

451/295

83

First-class

131

210

19

7038/224

36.84

9/47

 

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MS Dhoni Batting, wicketkeeping records: Full list of records

MS Dhoni holds the record of most wins by an Indian captain in Tests, ODIs and T20Is and also that of most back-to-back wins by an Indian captain in ODIs. Dhoni was the first captain of the Indian cricket team, under whom Team India won all three ICC-limited overs trophies including 2007 T20 World Cup, Champions Trophy and ICC World Cup 2011. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India also became number one test side. Dhoni is also the only wicket-keeper to effect 150 stumping dismissals in Test, ODI and T20I combined.

MS Dhoni Test Records: Captaincy, batting and wicket-keeping Records

  • MS Dhoni is one of the most successful Indian Test captains with 27 test victories. In 2013, India became the first team in 40 years to beat Australia in a test Series.
  • Dhoni completed 4000 test runs, first for an Indian wicket-keeper.
  • Dhoni with his 224 runs against Australia, created the record of highest test score by an Indian wicket-keeper, overtaking  Budhi Kunderan's 192. It was also the highest score by a wicket-keeper captain.
  • Dhoni also holds the record of fastest century scored by an Indian wicket-keeper with his 148 runs against Pakistan.
  • Dhoni is the first Indian wicket-keeper to complete 4,000 Test runs.[135]
  • Dhoni with 294 dismissals also holds the record of highest number of dismissals among Indian wicket-keepers.
  • Dhoni with 139 stumpings also holds the record of maximum stumpings by any wicket-keeper in test cricket.

MS Dhoni ODI Records: Captaincy, batting and wicket-keeping Records

  • MS Dhoni is the fourth Indian player to score 10,000 ODI runs, after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly  and Rahul Dravid and the second wicket-keeper to reach the milestone. Dhoni was the first cricketer to achieve the feat with a career average of over 50.
  • Dhoni holds the record of most runs in ODI history while batting at number 6 position.
  • Dhoni is the first Indian cricketer and fifth globally to have hit 200 ODI sixes.
  • Dhoni also holds the record of highest score by a wicket-keeper, 183 not out against Sri Lanka in 2005.
  • Dhoni also holds the record of playing most number of ODI matches as a wicket-keeper captain.
  • Dhoni also holds the record of most dismissals by an Indian wicket-keeper in an innings (6) and overall career (432).
  • Dhoni with 120 stumpings also holds the record of maximum stumpings by a wicket-keeper in ODIs and is the only wicket-keeper to have crossed 100 stumpings.
  • He is also the first Indian wicket-keeper to take 300 catches in ODIs

MS Dhoni T20I Records: Captaincy, batting and wicket-keeping Records

  • MS Dhoni holds the record of most wins as a captain in T20Is(41), most matches as a captain (72) and most matches as a wicket-keeper captain (72). Dhoni also holds the record of most consecutive T20i innings without a getting out for a duck.  
  • MS Dhoni also holds the record of most T20I dismissals (87), most T20I stumpings (33), most catches (54) as a wicket-keeper.
  • International records (combined ODI, Test and T20I).