Bengaluru: As the year 2015 wanes, it seems, MS Dhoni’s fortunes are taking an upward swing. After getting the selectors’ backing on captaincy, Dhoni struck form for his state side Jharkhand in the 2nd Quarter-final of Vijay Hazare Trophy with a fighting 70 not out in team’s total score of 126 against Delhi. Though his team lost the match, Mahi came out with flying colours and, along the way created an Asian record.
Indian limited-overs captain Dhoni broke the record for most number of stumpings in Asian professional cricket when he stumped Delhi’s Shikhar Dhawan to take his count to 208 at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. He surpassed Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal. Former Sri Lankan keeper Kumar Sangakkara is third on the list with 204 stumpings.
Dhoni has a total of 137 international stumpings to his name – 38 in Tests, 88 in ODIs and 11 in Twenty20s. In international cricket also, he is on the verge of taking the top spot. He is only second in the list behind Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara. The Sri Lankan has a total of 139 international stumpings to his name -- 99 in Tests, 20 in ODIs and 20 in Twenty20s.
The Ranchi-born cricketer retired from Test cricket in 2014 to focus on limited-overs format. His next assignment is the upcoming series against Australia, who will host India for five ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals in January 2016.
The hard-hitting batsman is India’s most successful captain ever having taken India to No. 1 in the ICC Test Rankings in December 2009. After that, he managed to lead India in a series-leveling world championship of Tests against the South Africans in February 2010.
He was the captain of the Indian team which won the ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 and World Cup in 2011. In March 2013, Dhoni became the most successful Indian Test captain when he eclipsed Sourav Ganguly’s record of 21 victories from 49 Tests. India also won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 under his leadership.
Dhoni, having scored 4876 runs at an average of 38.09 in 90 Test matches, is also considered the best wicketkeeper-batsman of India. It is in ODIs where he is unmatched. He has scored 8832 runs in 270 ODI appearances with an average of 52.26.
Dhoni was also the captain of the Chennai Super Kings before the IPL franchise was discontinued by the Supreme Court for two years. Under his captaincy, Chennai Super Kings won two Indian Premier League titles and the 2010 Champions League Twenty20. He recently became the joint most expensive player in the Vivo IPL player draft, when he was picked up by the Pune franchise for a stunning INR 12.5 crore.