Dhoni's special century!

India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrates with Yuzvendra Chahal and Virat Kohli after stumping Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya in the fifth ODI in Colombo. This was Dhoni’s 100th stumping in ODIs, a record.   -  PTI


The number of stumpings effected by M. S. Dhoni in ODI cricket. He became the first wicket-keeper to achieve this landmark in ODIs, when he stumped Akila Dhananjaya off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal in the fifth and final ODI in Colombo. No wicketkeeper has done so even in Tests and T20Is.

Leading wicket-keepers with most stumpings in each international format


StumpingsWicket-keeperForCareer span
In ODIs100MS DhoniIndia2004 to 2017*
In Tests52Bert OldfieldAustralia1920 to 1937
In T20Is32Kamran AkmalPakistan2006 to 2014



The number of stumpings effected by M. S. Dhoni in all international cricket. He is way ahead of the next best of 139 stumpings by Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara. The summary of MSD’s stumpings: 100 in ODIs, 38 in Tests and 24 in T20Is.


The number of times Virat Kohli has managed to register 1000 ODI runs in a single calendar year in his career. He, in fact, missed this landmark by just five runs in 2010. Incidentally, in the last eight years, since 2010, on seven occasions, Kohli has been India’s leading run-scorer in ODIs in a calendar year. The only year he missed out was in 2015, when Rohit Sharma, with 815 runs, topped the table. Kohli, that year, with 623 runs, finished fifth!


The number of centuries for Virat Kohli (in 186 innings) in ODI cricket. He equals the tally of Aussie Ricky Ponting (in 365 innings). Now, only Sachin Tendulkar with 49 centuries (in 452 innings) is ahead of Virat Kohli!

Fewest innings/matches taken to reach 30 ODI centuries


MtsBatsmanForRunsAvg50s90sAgeAchieved on
186194Virat KohliIndia858755.7644528y-302d3-9-2017
267274Sachin TendulkarIndia1056243.6453628y-164d5-10-2001
349359Ricky PontingAustralia1328842.5979536y-95d24-3-2011



The aggregate number of runs by Virat Kohli in T20 internationals, while chasing, now the most by any batsman in this format. Kiwi Brendon McCullum, the only other batsman over 1000, has 1006 runs.


The number of wickets claimed by Jasprit Bumrah in the recently-concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka. His tally of wickets is now the most claimed by any pace bowler in a five-match ODI bilateral series. The previous best was 14 wickets by Australian pacer Clint Mckay against Pakistan in Australia in 2009/10. However, it should be noted that Kiwi pacer Andre Adams had also claimed 14 wickets against India in New Zealand but in a four-match ODI series in 2002/03.


The number of international matches won by India, without a single loss or drawn/no-result game during its recent tour of Sri Lanka. This is now the best performance by any visiting side during a tour against a home side across all three formats! Australia, in February 2010, had achieved a 9-0 tour-wash when Pakistan visited the nation.

9-0 tour-wash achieved during a single tour

Australia beat Pakistan in Aus in Dec 2009-Feb 2010 India beat Sri Lanka in SL

in Jul-Sept 2017

Tests: Australia won 3-0Tests: India won 3-0
ODIs: Australia won 5-0ODIs: India won 5-0
T20Is: Australia won 1-0T20Is: India won 1-0


This week in 1986...

September 18

Against Australia in Madras, India’s Sunil Gavaskar became the first player in Test cricket history to make 100 consecutive Test appearances. In all, he appeared in 106 consecutive Test matches without a break, which began on January 23, 1975 against West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium, Bombay and ended with the Chepauk Test, in Madras, against Pakistan on February 3, 1987. He missed the next Test in Calcutta, only the fourth Test he missed in his entire Test career, which spanned 125 Tests from March 1971 to March 1987.


Queries Corner

In the second ODI of the series, in Pallekele, there were two century partnerships in India’s innings. Was the winning total, 231/7, the lowest by India that included two 100+ partnerships? 

India’s 231/7 is now its second lowest total to include two 100+ stands in ODIs. India’s lowest total to include two 100+ stands is 229/1, in its victory against New Zealand in Baroda on December 4, 2010, when M. Vijay and Gautam Gambhir put on 115 for the opening wicket, followed by an unbeaten 114 run stand for the 2nd wicket between Gambhir and Virat Kohli.

How many Test teams have won chasing targets of 300 or more. Which team has won it most times? 

In the recent Leeds Test match, West Indies provided the 30th instance of a Test side successfully chasing a target of 300 or more runs. Australia, which was the first Test side to achieve this — against England, way back in January 1902 in Adelaide — has managed to do this on most occasions: nine times, followed by the West Indies (6). England, Pakistan & Sri Lanka have each managed to do this on three occasions each, while New Zealand, India and South Africa have done it on two occasions each! For the record, Australia, India, West Indies and South Africa remain the only Test sides to successfully chase targets of 400+ in Tests. 

Is Moeen Ali the only bowler to claim a hat-trick off the last three balls of a Test match? 

Moeen Ali, is, in fact, the fourth bowler to claim a hat-trick off the last three balls of a Test match. English pacer George Lohmann was the first, against South Africa in Port Elizabeth way back in February 1896. Then, within six years in January 1902, Aussie offie Hugh Trumble became the second bowler to do so — against England in Melbourne. Then, 55 years later, in Cape Town, another Aussie, a left-arm wrist spinner, Lindsay Kline, did so, in January 1958 against the South Africans. And now, 59 years after the last instance, off-spinner Moeen Ali became the fourth bowler, at the Oval, also against South Africa. 

Alastair Cook recently reached the 6000-Test runs mark, in England. Has anyone else made so many runs in one country? 

Alastair Cook, in the recent Edgbaston Test match against the West Indies, reached his 6000th Test run on home soil. He thus became only the eighth Test batsman and the first Englishman to make 6000-plus runs on home soil (the previous highest run-scorer in England was Graham Gooch, with 5917 runs). Australian Ricky Ponting holds the record for the most Test runs in a single country. He has an aggregate of 7578 runs on Australian soil, followed by Sachin Tendulkar who has 7216 runs in India. Cook now has 6097 Test runs on English soil.

Note: All figures are updated till the end of the only T20I at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, on Sept 6, 2017.

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