Ricky Ponting (left) and MS Dhoni © Getty Images
Ricky Ponting (left) and MS Dhoni © Getty Images

India captain MS Dhoni on Wednesday equalled former Australian captain Ricky Ponting‘s record of 324 matches as captain across formats. Ponting, who retired in 2013 after making his debut in 1995, captained Australia in 77 Tests, 229 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 17 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). He also captained Australia in their one-off Test against the ICC World XI in October 2005, in which his side emerged victorious by 210 runs. The Indian captain levelled the record set by Ponting on Wednesday, when he took the field for India against Zimbabwe in the third and final T20I at Harare. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India  vs  Zimbabwe, 3rd T20I Match at Harare

Dhoni has captained India in 194 ODIs and 70 T20Is so far in his career. Dhoni had retired from Test cricket at the fag end of India’s tour of Australia in 2014-15, which was his 90th Test as a player. Dhoni retired as the best captain India ever had in terms of wins, with 27 wins in 60 Tests and 18 defeats. Under Dhoni, India played out 15 draws in Test cricket. ALSO READ: ‘MS Dhoni will be missed more in India after retirement’

Dhoni might have had an excellent record in Test cricket, but it is in the limited-overs arena that he truly excelled. As a captain, he won the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup 2007, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Under him India also rose to the top spot in ICC Test Rankings for a brief period of time.

As far as T20Is are concerned, Dhoni is easily the one with most international games as captain. He has led India in 70 T20Is, have won 40 and lost 27.