Asia Cup 2018: MS Dhoni becomes third cricketer to captain 200 ODIs
MS Dhoni will be leading India for the 200th time. (Getty Images)

MS Dhoni, on Tuesday, became only the third cricketer to captain a national team in 200 ODIs. Dhoni, who had stepped down as captain of India in January last year, was handed the responsibility of leading the side in its Super 4 match against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup, as skipper Rohit Sharma was among the five players to be rested.

Australia’s Ricky Ponting holds the record for playing the most number of games as captain, followed by Stephen Fleming of New Zealand. Ponting, who led the side between 2002 to 2012, led Australia in 230 one-day internationals, while Fleming wasn’t too behind at 218. Dhoni, arguably known as India’s best captain, is the latest addition to the list.

With 110 wins from 199 games before this, Dhoni has a win percentage of 59.57 and during his captaincy tenure from 2007 to 2017, he has led India to wins in all three major ICC tournaments – the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, the World Cup 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013. Next is Mohammad Azharuddin, who has captained India in 174 ODIs.

The next on the list is Arjuna Ranatunga, who has captained Sri Lanka in 193 ODIs.

Virat Kohli took over as India’s captain after Dhoni had stepped down, but he was rested from the Asia Cup considering workload management. In his absence, Rohit was named skipper, under whom India are yet to lose a match in the tournament and have successfully booked a place in the final.

Players with most matches as captain in ODIs.

Player Matches Won Lost Win %age
Ricky Ponting 230 165 51 76.14
Stephen Fleming 218 98 106 48.04
MS Dhoni 200* 110 74 59.57
Arjuna Ranatunga 193 89 95 48.37
Allan Border 178 107 67 61.42