MS Dhoni becomes first Indian captain to lead India in 200 one-day games

India’s MS Dhoni added another milestone to his name by becoming the third cricketer to captain a national side in 200 one-day matches. Wicket-keeper batsman relinquished captaincy duties since January 2017. He was once again given the task to lead the Indian side for their Super-4 clash against Afghanistan as captain Rohit Sharma was rested for the game.

Australia’s Ricky Ponting tops the list for leading his side in 230 one-day internationals followed by New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming who led his national side in 218 games. Dhoni is third on the list and is India’s most successful captain in the one-day format.

MS Dhoni has produced impressive numbers during his captaincy tenure that lasted a decade (2007-2017). He led India to 110 victories in 199 matches with a win percentage of 59.57, which is considered to be a great record for any captain in limited-overs cricket.

During his captaincy, India won the inaugural 2007 T20 World Cup and then the 2011 Cricket World Cup held in India. India lifted ICC Champions Trophy 2013 held in England to see Dhoni became the only captain to lead his side to win all three major ICC competitions. Mohammad Azharuddin, who led India during the 1990s, is the second on the list with 174 ODIs.

Sri Lanka’s Arjun Ranatunga is fourth on the list of players who have led their teams in most one-day games. During this tenure, Sri Lanka won 89 matches out of 193 games. Virat Kohli has done a decent job since taking over as captain of the Indian team in limited-overs cricket. The premier batsman was rested for the Asia Cup.

Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma has done a splendid job during the competition as India have qualified for the finals of Asia Cup and have won all their games.

Most matches as captain in limited-overs cricket

Captains Matches Won Lost
Ricky Ponting 230 165 51
Stephen Fleming 218 98 106
MS Dhoni 200* 110 74
Arjuna Ranatunga 193 89 95

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