Get the app

MS Dhoni Crossed Two IPL Milestones Even Though Rising Pune Supergiants Lost

Dhoni may be leading a new team in the IPL this season, but like before, he continues to knock off records both in front and behind the stumps.

Cricketnext Staff |April 15, 2016, 4:32 PM IST
MS Dhoni Crossed Two IPL Milestones Even Though Rising Pune Supergiants Lost

Mahendra Singh Dhoni may be leading a new team in the Indian Premier League (IPL), but like before, he continues to knock off records both in front and behind the stumps.

Dhoni led the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in the second game of their debut IPL season on Thursday against the Gujarat Lions (GL) in Rajkot, but the Giants failed to hush the roar of the Lions who chased down the target of 164 with two overs to spare.

For sure the Pune skipper will be disappointed with the defeat and he would have been happy if his two records on the evening would have coincided with a win.

Dhoni played a 10-ball cameo of 22* coming in to bat at No. 5, and that brought up his 3000 runs in the IPL.

He became the seventh batsman to reach the landmark, joining Suresh Raina (3743), Rohit Sharma (3476), Gautam Gambhir (3235), Virat Kohli (3212), Chris Gayle (3200) and Robin Uthappa (3039).

However, Dhoni took the most innings (117) to achieve the feat. But that gets compensated by his average of 40.00, which is only second to Gayle's 47.62.

Interestingly, those two are the oldest among the seven batsmen.

Dhoni – at 34 years 282 days- is the second oldest to reach the 3000-run mark, while Gayle did so at the age of 35 years 227 days.

Once he came out donning the gloves and marshalling his troops, the RPS skipper equalled another IPL record that was previously held exclusively by Dinesh Karthik.

When Dhoni stumped Raina, he joined Karthik's tally of 24 - the most by a wicketkeeper in the league.

Talking about unique records, Gujarat opener Aaron Finch has now scored an IPL half-century for three different teams - Pune Warriors India, Sunrisers Hyderabad and GL.

The Australian contributed 50 in 36 balls to Gujarat's win on Thursday, and the knock also saw him cross 1000 IPL runs - becoming the 49th batsman to do so.

(Stats provided by Rajneesh Gupta)

Related stories

Also Watch

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5211 116
2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
see more