India’s wicketkeeping batsman MS Dhoni has been on a record-making spree in the past one month. First, he completed his 300 ODI matches and then became the only wicketkeeper to inflict 100 stumpings in the format. The Australia series didn’t stop the veteran from setting up new heights.
In the first ODI in Chennai, he scored a magnificent 79 and in the process completed his 100 half-centuries in international cricket. He became the 15th batsman ever to achieve the milestone and joined an elite list of legendary players.
India’s Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, just like every other batting record, is sitting on top of the list with 164 fifties. He is followed by Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis. MS Dhoni became the 4th Indian to make it to the list, the 2 others being Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.
The 36-year-old was once again brilliant for the country as he bailed the side out of trouble from 87/5 to power them to 281. Hardik Pandya gave him a good company and his all-round heroics gave India a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series.
Batsmen with 100 or more international half-centuries
|Sachin Tendulkar (India)||664||782||164||100||34357|
|Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka/Asia XI, ICC XI)||594||666||153||63||28016|
|Jacques Kallis(South Africa/ICC XI/Africa XI)||519||617||149||62||25534|
|Ricky Ponting (Australia/ICC XI)||560||668||146||71||27483|
|Rahul Dravid (India/Asia XI/ICC XI)||509||605||146||48||24208|
|Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka/Asia XI)||652||725||136||54||25957|
|Inzamam-ul-Haq(Pakistan/Asia XI/ICC XI)||499||551||129||35||20580|
|Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies)||454||553||125||41||20988|
|Brian Lara (West Indies/ICC XI)||430||521||111||53||22358|
|Sourav Ganguly (India/Asia XI)||424||488||107||38||18575|
|Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka/Asia XI)||586||651||103||42||21032|
|AB de Villiers (South Africa/Africa XI)||404||462||102||45||18996|
|Allan Border (Australia)||429||517||102||30||17698|
|MS Dhoni (India/Asia XI)||470||472||100||16||15825|
-Stats as of September 17, 2017