India’s most successful captain MS Dhoni equaled yet another record. He is now level with Australia’s Ricky Ponting as he captained India in 324 international matches with him leading the side against Zimbabwe in the third and final T20I at Harare.
Ricky Ponting, arguably the greatest captain of all-time, has led Australia in 324 matches which include 77 tests, 229 ODIs, and 17 T20 internationals. He also captained Australia in the one-off test against ICC XI back in October 2005.
MS Dhoni who has led Team India in the final T20I has equaled Ricky Ponting’s record as he led India in 60 Tests, 194 ODIs, and 70 T20Is. The player has taken the reigns as captain back in 2007 and has taken the world by storm when he won the inaugural T20 World Cup in Johannesburg.
He then went on to replace Rahul Dravid as ODI captain in the same year and also replaced Anil Kumble post his retirement in 2008 against Australia. He has made some huge contribution to Indian cricket during all these years as India have reached No.1 in Test rankings and have also won World Cup in 2011 after 28 long years.
The 34-year old has retired from Test cricket during 2014-15 Australian tour as the most successful Indian test captain eclipsing legendary Sourav Ganguly in the process. He has managed an impressive 27 test wins in 60 test matches.
He has also helped India win 2013 ICC Champions trophy in England and has made India a dominant force in limited overs cricket. With India not set to play any limited overs cricket in near future, it is highly unlikely for MS Dhoni to eclipse this record for next couple of months.
MS Dhoni has led India to 107 victories in ODIs in 194 matches as a captain as he eclipsed the likes of Azharuddin and Ganguly to become India’s most successful ODI captain. The player has also captained India since 2007 in T20Is as he holds the record for most matches as a captain in T20I as well. He led India 40 victories in 70 T20Is so far.