MS Dhoni stands a chance to become the highest capped wicketkeeper in International cricket

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MS Dhoni stands a chance to become the highest capped wicketkeeper in International cricket

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SportsCafe Desk

07/03/2017

MS Dhoni, who featured in his 460th international match as wicketkeeper against West Indies, is now just seven matches away from displacing Mark Boucher as the highest capped wicketkeeper in international cricket. India lost the match by a narrow margin of 11 runs after failing to chase 190.

MS Dhoni surpassed Adam Gilchrist with his unbeaten 78 in the 3rd ODI against Windies to become the second highest run-getter in ODIs and also became the only Indian batsman to smash 200 sixes in the 50-over format on Friday.

Following his record-shattering innings, the wicketkeeper-batsman now has a chance to displace Mark Boucher, the former South African wicketkeeper, at the top of the list to head the table of wicketkeeper with most caps in international cricket. Currently, Dhoni stands third with 460 matches to his name which is the total number of games he has played and all donning the role of the wicketkeeper. He is now just six games behind Boucher who stands at the helm with 466 games followed by Sangakkara in the second place with 464 matches.

Dhoni's presence in the fourth ODI also ensured that he becomes the second-highest capped player in ODIs after Kumar Sangakkara with 360 caps in the white-ball format. The 35-year old will have to play 65 games to equalise Sangakkara's tally and that's highly unlikely even if Dhoni features in the Indian lineup for the 2019 World Cup.

The former Indian skipper also broke a record on the other end of the spectrum by playing 108 deliveries to get to his slowest half-century in the ODI pushing Sourav Ganguly to the second place. The Prince of Kolkata had held the record for his fifty scored off 105 deliveries against Sri Lanka in 2005. Ganguly holds the third place too with a 104-ball 50 against Bangladesh in 2007.

Dhoni tried to finish the match in his own signature style but piled up colossal pressure that eventually proved overwhelming even for a player of his stature as India lost the match by 11 runs failing to chase a modest 190.

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