As India beat New Zealand by six wickets in the first match of the five ODI-series on Sunday, India’s limited-over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni reached yet another coveted landmark.
With the convincing win against the Kiwis, Dhoni registered the 108th win under his captaincy, thereby surpassing Australia’s legendary Allan Border who has 107 wins under his name.
Dhoni has now become the world’s second most successful ODI captain, the first being Australia’s two-time world cup winning skipper Ricky Ponting, who won 165 of the 230 ODIs he captained.
Ponting lost just 51 ODI matches and enjoyed an incredible winning percentage of 76.14.
Allan Border captained the Australian ODI team in 178 matches from 1985 to 1994 of which he won 107 and lost just 67 games.
On the other hand, Dhoni led India in 196 ODI matches and won 108 of them. India lost 72 matches under his captaincy in the period from 2007 to 2016.
In his ODI career, the 35-year-old skipper has 8,918 runs in 278 matches at an average of 51.25 that include nine tons and 60 half centuries. The numbers are quite impressive as he hardly bats above no. 6.
Dhoni announced retirement from Test cricket in December 2014 in the midst of the 2014-15 tour to Australia. He, however, has been one of India’s most successful Test captains, with 27 wins in 60 matches.
He has played 90 Test matches in his career that began in 2005 and has scored 4,876 runs at an average of 38.