Mohali, Oct 23: India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni achieved another major milestone in One Day Internationals on Sunday (October 23) against New Zealand at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.
MS Dhoni hit Mitchell Santner for a six to bring up 9,000 runs in the format. The 35-year-old cricketer needed 22 more runs before this match.
Before this, the wicketkeeper-batsman, who has so far featured in 280 ODIs, had accumulated 8,978 runs with 9 hundreds and 60 half centuries.
He is now the 3rd wicketkeeper-batsman after Kumar Sangakkara (13341 runs) and Adam Gilchrist (9410 runs). With 124 sixes, he also surpassed Ricky Ponting's (123) record of hitting most sixes as a captain.
Dhoni, who made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in Chittagong on December 23, 2004, had a forgettable start to his career. He was run out for a duck after facing just 1 ball.
After scores of 0, 12, 7 not out and 3 in his first four ODI innings, Dhoni announced his arrival on the international stage with a brilliant 148 against Pakistan in Visakhapatnam.
Since then, Dhoni, as batsman, wicketkeeper and skipper, has achieved a lot of success. He is one of the best finishers in the limited overs format. Crossing the 9,000-run mark in 50-over internationals, he joined an elite company of Indian batsmen.
He is only the 5th to the milestone after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Azharuddin.
Overall in international cricket, Dhoni became the 17th batsman in history to cross the 9,000-run mark in ODIs.
The 'Captain Cool' scored 4,876 runs in 90 Tests (6 centuries, 33 fifties) before retiring from the longer version in 2014.
In his illustrious career, Dhoni, in 2013, became the only captain in history to have won all three ICC trophies (World T20 in 2007, World Cup in 2011 and Champions Trophy in 2013).
Indian batsmen with most ODI runs (Top 5, as on October 23, 2016)
1. Sachin Tendulkar - 18,426 runs (463 matches)
2. Sourav Ganguly - 11,363 (311)
3. Rahul Dravid - 10,889 (344)
4. Mohammad Azharuddin - 9,378 (334)
5. MS Dhoni - 9002 (281)