Sachin Tendulkar salutes MS Dhoni for scoring 100 international cricket 50s
Sachin Tendulkar has saluted MS Dhoni, who on Sunday became the fourth Indian batsman to complete a century of fifties in international cricket during the first ODI against Australia in Chennai.india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 18, 2017 11:03 IST
His critics may have been making sporadic demands for answers over his future, but MS Dhoni does not seem to be wrapping up anytime soon. On the other hand the former Indian cricket team captain, who has been a vital cog for Virat Kohli’s side late in the batting order of late, has been on a record-making spree. (1ST ODI SCORECARD | HIGHLIGHTS)
MS Dhoni on Sunday created yet another record when he notched up a fine 79-run knock against Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Dhoni completed his 100 half-centuries in international cricket, becoming the fourth Indian batsman to do so. The 36-year-old has so far scored 33 half-centuries in Test cricket, 66 in ODIs and one in T20Is.
With 164 fifties, Sachin Tendulkar leads the list followed by Rahul Dravid (145) and Sourav Ganguly (106) in terms of making most fifties in international cricket across formats for India.
Sachin Tendulkar shared a memorable photograph of Dhoni from Sunday’s match and congratulated him.
Dhoni achieved the feat in the 472nd innings of a total of 470 international matches. He has also scored a total of 16 centuries, with 10 coming in ODIs and the rest in Test cricket.
RECORD BEHIND WICKETS
A few days ago, MS Dhoni had created the record of registering 100 stumpings as a wicketkeeper, becoming the first in history of ODI cricket to do so. Dhoni had achieved the feat during the fifth ODI of India’s five-match series in Sri Lanka earlier this month, in a mere 302 ODIs.
Former Sri Lanka cricketer Kumar Sangakkara is on the second position with 99 stumpings in a career spanning over 15 years and 404 ODIs.
Dhoni played a match-winning role for India in the first ODI against Australia at Chennai. Walking out to bat with India tottering at 64 for four after 16 overs and slipping to 87 for five soon, he teamed up with Hardik Pandya to turn the game in favour of India.
MS Dhoni added 118 runs with the explosive Pandya who raced to a 66-ball 83, as India finished at a commendable 281 for seven in their allotted 50 overs.
Despite rain interruption resulting in long delays, India won the game by 26 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis Method restricting Australia to 137 for nine in 21 overs.