MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (AFP Photo)

On his international comeback, MS Dhoni became the fifth batsman to score 10,000 runs for India. Walking in to bat at No. 5 in the first ODI of a three-match series against Australia on Saturday, Dhoni was just one run shy of reaching the milestone which he completed off the seventh ball faced.

Prior to the Sydney ODI, Dhoni had already accumulated 10,731 runs in the format but 174 runs of them came while playing for Asia XI against an Africa XI in a three-match series in 2007.

He joins the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and current captain Virat Kohli in the elite club of batsmen to have hit 10,000 or more runs for India.

Overall, only 13 players have managed to achieve this feat including Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara , Ricky Ponting, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawarene, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Jacques Kallis , Ganguly, Dravid, Brian Lara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kohli and Dhoni.

Most runs in ODIs (At least 10,000)

Name Runs
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 18426
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka /Asia/ICC) 14234
Ricky Ponting (Australia/ ICC) 13704
Sanath Jayasuriya (SL/Asia) 13430
Mahela Jayawardene (SL/Asia) 12650
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan/Asia) 11739
Jacques Kallis (South Africa/Africa/ICC) 11579
Sourav Ganguly (India/Asia) 11363
Rahul Dravid (India/Asia/ICC) 10889
Brian Lara (West Indies/ICC) 10405
Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) 10290
Virat Kohli (India) 10235*
MS Dhoni (India/Asia) 10224*

 

Kohli and Dhoni are the only two active cricketers in the select club.

Dhoni, 37, also holds the record for being the only captain to have won the 50-over world cup, ICC World T20 and ICC Champions Trophy.

In 90 Tests, he scored 4876 runs with six centuries and 33 fifties at 38.09. While he took retirement from the format in 2007, he continues to play ODIs and T20Is.

In 93 T20Is, he has 1487 runs at 37.17 with two half-centuries.

He scored 51 off 96 on Saturday while forging a century stand with Rohit Sharma to bail India out of deep trouble in the chase of 288 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.