From being one of the most successful captains to being the most capped international captain, MS Dhoni has every captaincy record in his book. Spanning a period of 9 years from 2007 to 2016, MS Dhoni won every major ICC tournament as a captain and also led the Indian test team to the number one spot in the ICC rankings.
Cricketsoccer looks at the MS Dhoni’s captaincy career through numbers.
331 Matches captained by Dhoni across formats is the most by any player. He went past Ricky Ponting’s 324 matches during the T20Is against Zimbabwe in June 2016.
1 MS Dhoni is the only player to captain 50 or more matches in each format. He captained India in 60 Tests, 199 ODIs and 72 T20Is.
110 ODIs won by Dhoni as captain. Only Ricky Ponting (165 wins in 230 ODIs) has won more as captain in ODIs. Dhoni finished one short of becoming the third player to captain in 200 ODIs, after Ponting and Stephen Fleming (218).
8 Test playing sides against which Dhoni has won bilateral ODI series. Interestingly, the only side he has not beaten is Bangladesh, against whom he lost 1-2 in 2015. Ponting is the only captain to win bilateral series against all the nine teams.
43 ODI series played by India under Dhoni. The captains who have led in more series are Arjuna Ranatunga (51), Stephen Fleming (49) and Ponting (48). India have won 19 series under Dhoni, joint-most with Mohammad Azharuddin (in 41 series).
1 Dhoni is the only wicketkeeper to lead a side in more than 100 matches across formats, 255 ahead of the next placed Mushfiqur Rahim (76). The next most by a wicketkeeper in each of the formats is 23 each by Mushfiqur in Tests and T20Is, and 46 by Andy Flower in ODIs.
5 Dhoni was the fifth player to captain India in more than 100 international matches. 331 matches by him is 110 more than the next placed Mohammad Azharuddin.
Most matches as captain of India
And finally a look at MS Dhoni’s international career as Captain of Team India
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