Records and milestones for MS Dhoni in third NZ ODI
It was Virat Kohli who stole the limelight the third One-Day International against New Zealand at Mohali on Sunday but at the other end, it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was breaking records and reaching milestones.
Dhoni knew it was a big mistake letting New Zealand off the hook, letting them get past the 280 run mark. So when India came out to bat in pursuit of the challenging total, he promoted himself up the batting order.
Fans and supporters were taken aback when they saw Dhoni walking out into the middle of India in a spot of bother at 41/2. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane had opened the innings but both fell cheaply 13 and 5 respectively.
Dhoni knew if India had to pull it off they would need a big partnership and therefore chose to walk out and join the talismanic Kohli in the middle.
The skipper made his intentions clear right from the outset as he charged down to Tim Southee and pulled him through square leg to pick up his first boundary.
He continued with his aggression hammering fours and sixes which helped Kohli settle down as well. Whenever India were falling behind the required run-rate in it was Dhoni who had pulled them back in.
After a huge partnership of 151 runs Dhoni finally fell chipping one to extra cover but by then the work was almost done and Kohli finished it off in style.
En route to his 80 Dhoni had shattered a few records and reached a few milestones, here in this list we try and put each one of them.
#1 Breaking Sachin’s record of 195 sixes
Going into the game Dhoni needed three sixes to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 195 over boundaries. Tendulkar did it in 463 matches but it took the Indian limited overs captain just 281 games to eclipse that.
Dhoni’s first strike into the stands was against Mitchell Santner as he danced down the track and hoiked the left-arm tweaker over long on.
His second big six too was against Santner. The spinner was once again guilty of letting Dhoni free his arms and the burly 35-year-old had no problems in lifting it into the crowd.
The third one for Dhoni was a pressure releasing shot. Jimmy Neesham had given away just three runs in the first four balls of the 27th over. Dhoni knew they could not just afford to let the over pass by without a boundary and therefore took a few steps down the strip and smashed Neesham’s delivery straight into the sight-screen. With the six Dhoni has now become No.1 in the list of Indians.