MS Dhoni becomes the fifth fastest to 10000 ODI runs

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni

India’s wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni has added another feather to his illustrious cap. He became the latest to join the elite club of batsmen who have achieved 10000 ODI runs. While batting in the 2nd ODI against England at Lord’s, the 37-year-old brought up the landmark during his knock of 37 runs.

He was within touching distance of the landmark but due to limited opportunities in the recent matches, the inevitable got delayed a bit. When he got to his 33rd run in the innings, he became the 5th fastest to 10000 ODI runs in terms of innings taken.

He did it in 273 innings while the fastest to get there was the legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar. The Master Blaster took 259 innings to reach the 5-figure mark. In terms of matches, Dhoni is the placed at N0.9 with 320 matches. Tendulkar still heads the chart in terms of matches with a figure of 266.

Dhoni is the 4th Indian to join the 10k club after Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. Ganguly was the second fastest to the achievement while Australia’s former captain Ricky Ponting ranks behind him at 3rd.

What makes the achievement even more staggering for Dhoni is the fact that he has batted lower down the order as compared to others in the list. More often than not, he batted at No.5 or 6 and an ODI career average of 51.3 proves that he is one of the best ODI players of all time. Earlier in the game, he had brought up another landmark of taking 300 catches in the shorter format of the game and became only the 4th player to do so.

Batsmen fastest to 10000 ODI runs

Player Country Matches Innings
Sachin Tendulkar India 266 259
Sourav Ganguly India 272 263
Ricky Ponting Australia 272 266
Jacques Kallis South Africa 286 272
MS Dhoni India 320 273
Brian Lara Windies 287 278
Rahul Dravid India 309 287
Tillakaratne Dilshan Sri Lanka 319 293
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 315 296
Inzamam-Ul-Haq Pakistan 322 299
Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka 337 328
Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka 355 333

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