NEW DELHI: Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday made a slow 51 from 96 balls in India’s 34-run defeat to Australia in the first ODI in Sydney, sparking another debate about his current form in a World Cup year.
Chasing 289 for a win, India were at one stage reduced to 4/3 before Rohit Sharma, who scored his 22nd ODI hundred, and Dhoni put on a 141-run partnership for the fourth wicket. But India, in the end, fell short.
Dhoni hit three fours and a six before he was out leg before wicket to Jason Behrendorff for 51 and his 68th ODI half-century.
During his knock, Dhoni became the fifth player to score 10000 runs for India in ODIs, adding another feather to his illustrious cap.
Starting the innings at 9999 runs, Dhoni took seven deliveries to reach the landmark on his way to 51.
While Dhoni had crossed the 10,000-run mark in the format in 2017 during the England tour, 174 of them came while batting for Asia XI in three matches. On Saturday, he breached the mark for the country.
Dhoni thus joined an elite list of Indian cricketers who had previously achieved the feat, which include Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli.
In 330 ODIs for India, the wicketkeeper-batsman has now over 10,050 runs at an average of 49.75, including nine centuries and 67 fifties.
Overall, Dhoni is the 13th player in history to score 10,000 runs in the ODIs.
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