When it comes to creating milestones, MS Dhoni definitely knows a thing or two about it. Throughout his illustrious cricket career, the former India skipper has achieved a plethora of records. Just a couple of days ago, he became the first India cricketer to play 300 T20 matches when he came out to pay the third and final T20I against New Zealand in Hamilton.
The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman joined the likes of Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik and Dwayne Bravo in an elite list of players with over 300 T20 appearances to their name. West Indies allrounder Kieran Pollard holds the record with a staggering 446 T20s to his name.
Well, Dhoni will have a chance to add another feather to his already illustrious cap in the coming days. The star player is now just three matches away from becoming the wicket-keeper to play the most number of games in any format of cricket. Dhoni (594) is just two games behind South Africa’s Mark Boucher who is the current record-holder. Legendary duo Kumar Sangakkara and Adam Gilchrist are third and fourth in the list with 499 and 483 games respectively.
Dhoni will have the chance to break Boucher’s record in the upcoming T20I and ODI series against Australia at home. Australia’s tour of India will begin with a T20I on February 24. After the two T20Is, the five-match ODI series between Australia and India will begin on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (Jamtha) in Nagpur will host the second ODI on the 5th.
The third ODI will take place at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on March 8. The Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali will host the penultimate ODI on the 10th. The series will conclude with the final ODI at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on the 13th.