‘Captain Cool’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni turns 35 today. So on his birthday, here’s a list of 35s in his cricket career:
35th Test match
Against England, Mohali on December 19, 2008
It was the second Test of the series between India and England. MS Dhoni was the Indian skipper and the match ended in a draw. Dhoni had an average outing though, scoring 29 and 0 in the match but it was Gautam Gambhir who scored 179 and 97. For England, it was Kevin Pietersen’s 144 that kept England in the game.
Against Pakistan, Karachi on February 19, 2006
Under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy, Dhoni played his 35th ODI. Against Pakistan, India chased down a target of 287 and Dhoni remained unbeaten on 77 alongside the man of the match as well as the player of the series Yuvraj Singh, who got an unbeaten 107.
35th ODI half century
Against South Africa, Gwalior on February 24, 2010
It was the historic ODI and the second in the India-Sourth Africa series. Sachin Tendulkar had become the first batsman in world cricket to have scored an ODI double hundred. While any performance could have been overshadowed that day, Dhoni too had his name registered in the run-scorers. He remained unbeaten on 68 in just 35 balls and India ended up scoring 401. South Africa was beaten by 153 runs.
35th ODI dismissal as wicket-keeper
Against Pakistan, Lahore on 13 February 2006
This was the third ODI between India-Pakistan on the tour of 2006. Pakistan batsman Younis Khan became the 35th dismissal of Dhoni after edging an RP Singh delivery. Dhoni had three catches that day and Pakistan folded on 288. Later, Dhoni once again had a match-winning partnership with Yuvraj Singh and made 72 not out to ensure India won by 5 wickets.
35th Test dismissal as wicket-keeper
Against West Indies, Antigua on June 2, 2006
Dhoni’s 35th dismissal in Test cricket was Dwayne Bravo who edged behind a Virender Sehwag delivery. The match was drawn but Dhoni scored 69 in the second innings to help India save the game. Earlier West Indies had taken the first innings lead but Wasim Jaffer’s double hundred at top ensured India were on the mend.
35th ODI win as India captain
Against Sri Lanka, Colombo on September 14, 2009
As skipper, Dhoni won his 35th ODI match against Sri Lanka in the final of the Compaq Cup. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid gave a solid opening start putting on 95. Tendulkar ended his innings with a fine 138 and the momentum was carried on by both Yuvraj singh and Dhoni who got 56 each to take India to 319. Sri Lanka in reply was beaten by 46 runs.