A Tribute to MS Dhoni: The Test Cricketer

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, popularly known as MSD, the captain with Midas Touch, shook the Cricketing world with his surprising decision of quieting test cricket, but not before becoming the most successful Indian Wicket keeper, Batsman and Test Captain. No doubt his retirement will have a huge impact on Indian Test Team.

MS Dhoni as Indian Test Cricket Player

MS Dhoni made his test debut in 2005-2006 against Sri Lanka in Chennai, India and ended his test Career after playing the 3rd Test against Australia in Melbourne on 30th December 2014 handing over the captaincy duty to Virat Kohli. His street-smart captaincy, wicket keeping and moreover his explosive batting lower down the order will be missed to great extent.

MSD played Test cricket for almost 10 years appearing in 90 Test matches as India’s Wicket keeper batsman and scored 4876 runs at an average of 38.09 with 6 hundreds and 33 Fifties, 224 being his highest score against Australia in 2013. Under his captaincy, India achieved number one ICC Test ranking for almost 18 months. MSD went on to become the Greatest Captain in Indian Test Cricket history surpassing legends like Saurav Gangully, Kapil Dev, Mohd Azharuddin, Sunil Gavaskar and many more.

There are very few cricketers in World cricket who can make a test match look engrossing, MSD with his fearless batting style, smart wicket keeping and his captaincy style surely be missed on the Test Cricket field.

Here are Few Key Stats of Mahendra Singh Dhoni - The Test Cricketer

Batting Statistics of MS Dhoni in Test Match Cricket

MS Dhoni as Indian Test Cricket Batsman

Test Cricket Span - 2005 to 2014
Test Matches - 90
Test Innings - 144
Test Runs - 4876
Balls Faced - 8249
Batting Average - 38.09
Batting Strike Rate - 59.11
Highest Score - 224 against Australia in Chennai, 2013
Centuries/Fifties – 6/33
Fours/Sixes- 544/78
MS Dhoni as Indian Test Wicket Keeper Batsman- Highest individual score in an test Innings 224 against Australia. Next Best is Budhi Kunderan with 192 runs.
MS Dhoni as International Test Wicket Keeper Batsman- Dhoni is at 3rd Position after Andy Flower -  Zimbabwe (232* runs) & Kumar Sangakkara - Sri Lanka (230 Runs).

Wicket Keeping Statistics of MS Dhoni in Test Match Cricket

MS Dhoni as Indian Test Cricket Wicket Keeper

Catches  - 256
Stumping - 38
Total Dismissals as Wicket Keeper - 294
Best Performance - Dhoni holds the records of the most dismissals in an innings by an Indian wicket keeper and joint International with Adam Gilchrist with 6 dismissals (5 catches and 1 stumping) against England at Headlingly 2 September 2007.
MS Dhoni as Indian Test Wicket Keeper- Best Wicket Keeper with 294 dismissal. Next Best is Syed Kirmani with 198 dismissals.
MS Dhoni as International Test Wicket Keeper- Dhoni is at 5th Position after Mark Boucher –  South Africa (555 dismissals), Adam Gilchrist – Australia (418 dismissals), Ian Hilly – Australia (395 dismissals) & Rodney Marsh - Australia (355 dismissals)

Centuries by MS Dhoni in Test Match Cricket 

MS Dhoni as Indian Test Batsman - Centuries

224 runs in 265 balls with 24 fours and 6 Sixes against Australia in Chennai on 22nd Feb 2013
148 runs in 153 balls with 19 fours and 4 Sixes against Pakistan in Faisalabad on 21st Jan 206
144 runs in 175 balls with 10 fours and 5 Sixes against West Indies in Kolkata on 14th Nov 2011
132 runs in 187 balls with 12 fours and 3 Sixes against South Africa in Kolkata on 14th Feb 2010
110 runs in 159 balls with 10 fours and 1 Sixes against Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad on 16th Nov 2009
100 runs in 154 balls with 3 fours and 6 Sixes against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on 2nd Dec 2009

Captaincy Record of MS Dhoni in Test Match Cricket

MS Dhoni as Indian Test Captain

Matches - 60
Won, Lost & Draw27, 18 & 15
MS Dhoni as Indian Test Captain- Best Test Captain in India with 27 wins @ 45% winning rate. Next Best is Saurav Gangully with 21 wins @ 42.85%.
MS Dhoni as International Test Captain- Dhoni is at 6th Position after Graeme Smith - South Africa (53 wins @ 48.62%), Alan Border - Australia (32 wins @ 34.40%), Stephen Fleming - New Zealand (28 wins @ 35.00%), Ricky Ponting - Australia (48 wins @ 62.33%) & Clive Lloyd - West Indies (36 wins @ 48.64%).

Watch MS Dhoni’s Best Knock in Test Cricket HD Video – 224 against Australia in Chennai, 2013

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