MS Dhoni on the verge of 500th international appearance ahead of second T20 between England and India

Sudhir Gupta 13:15 06/07/2018
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Dhoni will make his 500th appearance in India colours on Friday.

The records keep tumbling for MS Dhoni these days with the India wicketkeeper-batsman set to create another one when he takes the field for his side’s second T20 against England on Friday.

During the first T20 between the two sides at Manchester on Tuesday, Dhoni had overtaken Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal to become the wicketkeeper to have affected the most number of stumpings in T20Is. The 36-year-old’s two stumpings on the day had taken his tally to 33 and one ahead of Akmal (32).

On Friday, Dhoni will play his 500th international game for India, making him only the third player in the country’s history to do so and ninth overall.

Only Sachin Tendulkar (664) and Rahul Dravid (509) have breached that special landmark so far for India. Dhoni’s 499 previous appearances for the country include 90 Tests, 318 ODIs and 91 T20Is.

Dhoni is set to join an exclusive club.

Dhoni is set to join an exclusive club.

The Ranchi-born man made his debut for India all the way back in 2004 in an ODI clash against Bangladesh. The right-hander has now scored over 16, 000 international runs across all formats although he called time on his Test career in 2014.

The Indian stalwart will join an exclusive club which includes the likes of Mahela Jayawardane, Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Ricky Ponting, Shahid Afridi and Jaques Kallis apart from Tendulkar and Dravid.

India currently lead the three-match T20 series 1-0 after their comprehensive eight-wicket win at Old Trafford. The second T20 between the two sides will be held at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday (20:30).

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