Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the charismatic wicketkeeper-batsman, is on the thrash hold of another record. Dhoni needs just 33 runs to reach the 10,000-run mark in One Day Internationals (ODIs). And if he does it, he will become the fourth Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Saurav Ganguly to achieve this landmark.
Dhoni has scored 9,967 runs in 318 ODIs. He has 9,793 runs when batting for India and 174 for Asia XI. He will emulate Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara who is the only wicketkeeper-batsman in the list of top 10 ODI run scorers with 14,234 runs in 404 matches. Apart from Dhoni, Indian captain Virat Kohli too is nearing 10,000 runs in ODIs. Kohli has 9,588 from 208 ODIs.
Dhoni is also in the race to score more runs than any Indian batsman in ODIs against England. While Yuvraj Singh has 1,523 runs in ODIs against England, Tendulkar is second with 1,455 and Dhoni is on the third spot with 1,425.
He is also three short of taking 300 catches in ODIs. The wicketkeepers ahead of Dhoni in terms of catches in ODIs are former Australian player Adam Gilchrist (417), South Africa's March Boucher (402) and Sangakkara (383). The first ODI between India and England will be played on today (Thursday) at Trent Bridge, Nottingham while the second match is on July 14 at Lord's, London. The third ODI is on July 17 at Headingley, Leeds.
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