Though Indian team might have lost the deciding game at Lord’s, courtesy some terrific piece of one day cricket from Joe Root, skipper Eoin Morgan and all-rounder David Willey, one player from the Indian camp managed to win the hearts at the Mecca of Cricket. MS Dhoni, the greatest Indian captain to have ever played the game finally got past the 10,000 run mark in ODI format.
Is it time for Dhoni to hang up his boots? Certainly No!
His innings of 37 runs of 59 deliveries might have brought in few criticisms from the Indian cricket fanatics, yet, you can’t completely blame it on him for the team’s dismal play in the 2nd ODI contest.
No Indian player managed to reach even an individual score of 50, with highest being Suresh Raina’s 46 of 63 deliveries, followed by skipper Kohli’s 45 of 56 deliveries. Nevertheless, they still have a game with them to prove their dominance in the English conditions.
By the time 3rd ODI crops up, let us look at some ODI records that got broken in tonight’s contest.
Records that witnessed a fatal death at the hands of Dhoni, Indian team and the English unit
- Joe Root is now the leading centurian among the Englishmen in the shorter format of the game. With 12 ODI hundreds, he has tied his spot with the former England cricketer Marcus Trescothick.
- MS Dhoni became the 1st cricketer to cross the 10,000 run mark playing at an average of 50+ in the white ball cricket.
- He is also the 2nd wicket-keeper batsman in the World to have more than 10,000 ODI runs under his belt, 1st being the Srilankan Legend Kumar Sangakkara.
- Only Ajantha Mendis has taken more wickets in the ODI cricket after 22 matches (55 wickets) and holds the title for the fastest to reach the 50 ODI wicket landmark. Kuldeep has 48 scalps to his name and is sure to get past the 50 in the 3rd game.
- Dhoni took 11,321 balls to reach 10,000 run mark in ODI format, which is 2nd fastest in terms of the balls taken to reach the landmark. 1st being the Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya who crossed achieved the feat in 11,296 deliveries.
- Dhoni also happens to be the 4th wicketkeeper to have taken 300 caught-outs in the ODI cricket. 1st is the Australian wicketkeeping legend Adam Gilchrist with 417 ODI catches.
- The last time when any of the top 3 Indian batsmen failed to hit a 50 plus individual score in ODI cricket was back in 2015 World Cup against Zimbabwe.
- This is the first time after a span of 7 years that Indian cricket team haven’t hit a six throughout their innings of 50 overs play. Last time when such similar incident had happened, was way back in 2011 in the World cup semifinal game against Pakistan.