MS Dhoni becomes second most capped cricketer for India after Sachin Tendulkar
Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday became the cricketer with second most caps in international cricket for the country. The Super 4 match of the Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai against Pakistan was MS Dhoni 505th international outing for India in all formats.
The 37-year old has caps Rahul Dravid, who represented the country in 504 international matches, and is now only behind Tendulkar. Tendulkar leads the chart with a wonderful 664 international caps for India, a record virtually impossible to break like the batting maestro’s many milestones.
MS Dhoni has retired from Test cricket in December 2014 after representing India in 90 matches. The wicket-keeper batsman though is very much a part of the limited-over setups.
The match against Pakistan on Sunday was his 322nd one-dayer for India. The senior pro, after handover his captaincy, is playing the role of an unofficial ‘mentor’ in the team. He has also played 93 T20Is for India, the most by an Indian.
Sachin Tendulkar represented India in 200 Tests matches, 463 ODIs, and one T20I – India’s inaugural shortest-format game played against South Africa in 2006. Whereas Rahul Dravid played 163 Tests, 340 ODI and a solitary T20I match against England in Manchester in 2011 for the country.
Next in the chart are former India captains Mohammad Azharuddin (433 matches – 99 Tests and 334 ODIs) and Sourav Ganguly (421 matches – 113 Tests and 308 ODIs).
The current India skipper Virat Kohli has so far represented the country in 344 matches, which included 71 Tests, 211 ODIs and 62 T20Is.
Note: Dhoni has represented Asia XI in 3 ODIs, while Dravid played one Test and 3 one-dayers for ICC World XI and an ODI for Asia XI.