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Awesome Mahi!

September 19, 2007

After making his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2004, where he was out for a duck, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has made a big impression on world cricket.

As the wicketkeeper-batsman has been handed over the responsibility of leading Team India during the ODI series against Australia, we glance at Mahi's ODI feats till date.

  • On October 31, 2005, he scored 183 not out off just 145 balls against Sri Lanka at Jaipur. The following is the list of records created during the innings.
    • 183 is the highest ODI score in the second innings. Brian Lara held the earlier record, 153. During the epic Australia-South Africa game in 2006, Herschelle Gibbs came close, scoring 175.
    • Mahi's innings featured 10 sixes, the most by an Indian in an innings, and the second highest in ODI cricket. The record is 11, jointly held by Sanath Jayasuriya and Shahid Afridi.
    • He broke Adam Gilchrist's record of 172, the highest score made by a wicketkeeper.
    • His innings set the record for the most number of runs scored in fours and sixes. He made 120 runs hitting the ball to the boundary -- 15 fours and 10 sixes!. He broke the record then held by Saeed Anwar. Mahi's record was broken by Herschelle Gibbs (126 runs came via 21 fours and 7 sixes) against Australia during his knock of 175.
    • In the same India-Sri Lanka tie, Kumar Sangakkara also hit a century, making it the first match in which both wicket-keepers scored a century
    • Mahi's 183 equaled the highest ODI score against Sri Lanka scored by Sourav Ganguly during the 1999 World Cup.
    • Mahi's innings is the second highest by an Indian after Sachin Tendulkar's 186* (versus New Zealand at Hyderabad in November 1999).

    Also Read: I didn't expect the captaincy: Dhoni

    Statistics: Rajneesh Gupta | Photographs: Getty Images
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