[caption id="attachment_811564" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-811564" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Dhoni-PTI.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="443" /> MS Dhoni, who may be seen for the last time in national colours at his hometown, can make the occasion memorable. @ PTI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>At the beginning of the year, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mahendra-singh-dhoni/">MS Dhoni</a> shut his critics with the willow striking three back-to-back half-centuries in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India </a>s 2-1 ODI series win of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a> Down Under. <p></p> <p></p>The 37-year-old former India captain is now on the cusp of reaching an important landmark in international cricket. As India are eyeing an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series against Australia on Friday at Ranchi, Dhoni, who may be seen for the last time in national colours at his hometown, can make the occasion memorable. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/india-vs-australia-2019-an-odi-behemoth-the-numbers-that-highlight-virat-kohlis-genius-811361">An ODI behemoth: The numbers that highlight Virat Kohli's genius</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>The senior wicketkeeper-batsman is 33 runs short of reaching 17,000 runs in international cricket, which will make him only the sixth Indian to reach the commendable feat. <p></p> <p></p>Dhoni, who has featured for India and Asia XI in international cricket, has 16,967 runs. He averages 45 from 528 matches and holds 16 centuries and 106 half-centuries in international cricket. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-australia-2019-experts-analyse-shikhar-dhawans-patchy-form-thats-become-a-growing-concern-for-india-811507">Experts analyse Shikhar Dhawan s patchy form that s become a growing concern for India</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Ahead of Dhoni, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sachin-tendulkar/">Sachin Tendulkar</a> (34,357), <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rahul-dravid/">Rahul Dravid</a> (24,208), <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/">Virat Kohli</a> (19,453), <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sourav-ganguly/">Sourav Ganguly</a> (18,575) and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virender-sehwag/">Virender Sehwag</a> (17,253) crossed the landmark of 17,00 runs in international cricket. <p></p> <p></p>In the ongoing series against Australia, Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 59 in the series opener Hyderabad, but he followed it up with a duck in Nagpur.