India’s most successful captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday achieved yet another feat as he equaled Australian great Ricky Ponting‘s record of leading the national team in 324 international matches across all formats.
MS Dhoni equaled Australian great Ricky Ponting’s record of leading the team in international cricket for most number of matches.
MS Dhoni achieved the milestone during the third and final Twenty20 International against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club. India won the series 2-1, days after 3-0 whitewash of the hosts in ODIs.
Ms Dhoni, who was appointed captain in 2007, has led India in 60 Tests, 194 ODIs and 70 T20 Internationals. The 34-year-old happens to be India’s most successful captain ever, having overseen 27 Test match victories, 107 ODI wins and 40 T20 victories. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in his nine-year tenure, has helped India lift the World T20 (2007), the World Cup (2011) and the Champions Trophy (2013) besides ensuring that his team rose to the top of the ICC Test rankings.
Most Matches as International Captain:
Ricky Ponting: 324
MS Dhoni: 324*
Stephen Fleming: 303
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Ricky Ponting displayed aggressive and bold captaincy during his tenure. Making his debut as captain in 2002, he won his first series as captain against South Africa down-under. In his first stint as World Cup captain in 2003, Ponting led the Aussies to a stunning title victory, grabbing the cup while remaining unbeaten throughout the tournament.
MS Dhoni now leading India in ODIs and T20s, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman had retired from Test cricket in 2014 in the middle of a high-profile series in Australia.