Stats: MS Dhoni becomes the 2nd most capped wicketkeeper in ODIs

Stats: MS Dhoni becomes the 2nd most capped wicketkeeper in ODIs

By being part of Indian XI of this game, Dhoni went past Mark Boucher in the list of most matches played as a wicketkeeper in ODI cricket.

MS Dhoni
India’s MS Dhoni plays a shot. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

After breaking a few records with an unbeaten inning of 78 in the 3rd ODI game against the Windies, MS Dhoni broke a record just by featuring in the playing side in the 4th ODI. Dhoni now has played in 295 ODI matches and all as a wicketkeeper.

By being part of Indian XI of this game, Dhoni went past Mark Boucher on the list of most matches played as a wicketkeeper in ODI cricket. Though the South African has played in 295 ODIs in his career, he played as a keeper in 294 games only as AB de Villiers kept wickets in one ODI; that was the game he didn’t keep in his International career.

Dhoni will need some effort to climb to the top of the list of wicketkeepers with most ODI appearances as the 36-year-old is 65 games behind Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, who has played 360 ODI as a keeper. Even if Dhoni plays till the 2019 World Cup ageing 38, he might not feature in more than 35-45 ODIs.

Wicketkeepers who have featured in most ODIs:

Player Teams Matches in career Matches as wicket-keeper
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka / Asia XI / ICC World XI 404 360
MS Dhoni India / Asia XI 295 295
Mark Boucher South Africa / Africa XI 295 294
Adam Gilchrist Australia / ICC World XI 282 287
Moin Khan Pakistan 219 211

 

However, Dhoni has a chance to top the list of highest appearance in International cricket as including the 4th ODI vs Windies, the former Indian skipper has featured in 461 games in International cricket and all as a wicketkeeper. The record for the most international appearances as a keeper is in the name of Mark Boucher who played in 466 games, only 6 more than Dhoni. Even Sangakkara is ahead of Dhoni as he played 464 games as a wicketkeeper in his International career.

Players with most matches as a wicket-keeper in International cricket:

Player Teams Matches in career Matches as wicket-keeper
Mark Boucher South Africa / Africa XI 467 466
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka / Asia XI / ICC World XI 594 464
MS Dhoni India / Asia XI 461 461
Adam Gilchrist Australia / ICC World XI 396 391
Ian Healy Australia 287 287

 

(Stats as on July 2, 2017)