Champion Australia gloveman Adam Gilchrist paid tribute to veteran MS Dhoni after the Indian great surpassed him to become the second-highest ODI run-scorer by wicketkeepers.
Dhoni overtook Gilchrist’s mark of 9,410 one-day international runs as the designated ‘keeper during his player-of-the-match 78no against the West Indies in Antigua on Friday.
Gilchrist posted a picture on Instagram of the two during their Indian Premier League days, saying it was only a matter of time before the former India captain would pass him on the run-getters’ list.
While he now owns second spot, Dhoni is a long way behind Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara in first place.
In 360 matches with the gloves, Sangakkara plundered 13,341 runs and a record 23 hundreds and 91 half-centuries.
The prolific left-hander, who has been in remarkable form in his final County season for Surrey, scored four centuries on the trot in his final five ODI innings at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Dhoni celebrates his 36th birthday on Friday and while Sangakkara’s run record might be out of reach, the swashbuckling right-hander owns a record that will take some beating.
In 254 ODI innings Dhoni has been not out 70 times, comfortably the most by any wicketkeeper-batsman. South Africa’s Mark Boucher – who owns the most international dismissals by ‘keeper – is second with 57.
Dhoni’s 70 not outs is the second best of all time, behind Proteas pace ace Shaun Pollock and Sri Lanka left-armer Chaminda Vaas.
The veteran hasn’t indicated when he will step away from limited-overs cricket, and has two more ODIs against the Windies during India’s current tour.