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MS Dhoni becomes 11th player to captain his side in 50 Tests or more

MS Dhoni, among current captains, stands second to only Graeme Smith of South Africa © Getty Images
MS Dhoni, among current captains, stands second to only Graeme Smith of South Africa © Getty Images

 

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the 11th player to captain his side in 50 Tests or more when India took on South Africa in the first Test at Johannesburg. Dhoni took over the reins of Test captaincy in 2008, when Anil Kumble retired and is by far the most successful leader for India in the format.

 

Here is a list of captains who have led their sides in over 50 Tests:

 

Captain

M

Graeme Smith

105*

Allan Border

93

Stephen Fleming

80

Ricky Ponting

77

Clive Lloyd

74

Steve Waugh

57

Arjuna Ranatunga

56

Mike Atherton

54

Hansie Cronje

53

Michael Vaughan

51

MS Dhoni

50

*Updated after India vs South Africa 1st Test played from December 18-22, 2013

 

In this list, Dhoni and Smith are the only two active captains as the others have retired. Dhoni should equal Michael Vaughan when India play South Africa in the second Test. The currently active player with most matches as Test captain after Smith and Dhoni is the Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene with 38. Michael Clarke is next on that list with 32.

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