3rd ODI: Milestones loom for Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and others in Ranchi

The third ODI between India and Australia in Ranchi on Friday is shaping up to be a cracker, what with the home team needing victory to seal their fourth successive bilateral series win and Aaron Finch’s touring side out to avoid an eighth straight series defeat.

As a tasty sub-plot, there are a few statistical milestones beckoning for a few central figures of the Indian team, chief among them the skipper Virat Kohli and former captain MS Dhoni. (READ: Australia need victory to avoid series loss to India)

Dhoni is 33 runs away from becoming the sixth Indian cricketer to score 17,000 international runs. In what may be his final international match in his home town of Ranchi, the 37-year-old is primed to follow Sachin Tendulkar (34,357), Rahul Dravid (24,208), Kohli (19, 569), Sourav Ganguly (18,575) and Virender Sehwag (17,253) crossed the landmark of 17,00 runs across all three formats.

Dhoni, who has featured for India and Asia XI in international cricket, has 16,967 runs. He averages 45 from 528 matches with 16 centuries and 106 half-centuries in international cricket. (ALSO READ: Experts analyse Shikhar Dhawan’s patchy form)

Kohli needs 76 runs to surpass Rahul Dravid as India’s third-highest run-getter in ODIs. Kohli, aged 30, has 10,693 runs from 216 ODI innings at an average of 59.73. Dravid played 340 ODIs for India from 1996 to 2011, from which he scored 10768 runs in 314 innings at an average of 39.15.

If he gets to 76 in Ranchi on Friday, Kohli will sit behind only Tendulkar and Ganguly.(ALSO READ: The numbers that highlight Virat Kohli’s genius)

Another milestone beckons the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. The pair needs 21 runs to move past the tally of 4387 runs scored by Sehwag and Tendulkar as opening act in ODIs. In 100 innings as openers, Rohit and Dhawan have scored 4367 runs at an average of 44.11 per match, with 14 stands in excess of 100.

Rohit is also 155 runs short of the 8,000-mark in ODIs, having scored 7845 runs from 197 innings at an average of 47.25.

The allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, who in Nagpur became the third India to the double of 2000 runs and 150 wickets in ODIs, will become India’s eight-most successful bowler if he manages two wickets in Ranchi. Jadeja has 172 career wickets in ODIs, one short of Irfan Pathan’s 173.