India star MS Dhoni had a night to forget in Vizag during the first T20I against Australia.  The former India captain had come to the crease when India were reeling at 80 for 3. The situation demanded a cautious approach and Dhoni did exactly that. However, with wickets falling on regular intervals, he never really managed to break the shackles. The former India skipper faced 37 deliveries and ended up with just 29 runs.

Dhoni managed to hit just one boundary in his innings which is the most number of balls faced by an Indian in a T20I innings for hitting one or fewer boundaries. The previous highest was 35 balls by Ravindra Jadeja during the 2009 WT20 game against England. Jadeja hit only one four during his 35-ball stay for 25 runs.

The opportunist were quick to take a shot at him despite Dhoni’s recent displays in Australia where the veteran had scored three consecutive fifties to help India win a historic series.  Well, it took Dhoni just one more outing to prove his critics wrong. He once again came to the crease at a precarious time with India reeling at 74 for 3. But unlike the last game, the 37-year old hit the ground running and played a stroke-filled 40-run knock. He smashed three fours and as many sixes during his 23-ball stay.

MS Dhoni (Credits: Getty)

And with his latest knock, Dhoni added yet another feather to his already illustrious cap. Dhoni has now become the first Indian to hit 350 or more sixes in international cricket. Dhoni has hit 345 sixes for India while the remaining seven came for Asia Xi.

Here is the list showing most sixes for India in international cricket:

Player Mat Inns Runs 4s 6s
RG Sharma 322 328 11724 1039 349
MS Dhoni 523 512 16734 1441 345
SR Tendulkar 664 782 34357 4076+ 264
Yuvraj Singh 399 388 11686 1233 249
SC Ganguly 421 485 18433 2004 246
V Sehwag 363 431 16892 2354 237
V Kohli 366 407 19409 1938 187
SK Raina 322 291 7988 721 182
N Kapil Dev 356 382 9031 878+ 128+
S Dhawan 207 229 8803 1102 118

Dhoni’s effort, meanwhile, went in vain as Australia chased down 191 to beat India by seven wickets and win the series 2-0.