Dhoni's day in the sun
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By the time he hammered the last of his ten sixes - the most by an Indian in an innings and the second highest in ODIs - Dhoni had surpassed Adam Gilchrist's record for the highest score by a wicketkeeper in a one-day match but a more significant record was broken about 30 runs earlier.
As he strode past 153, Dhoni broke Brian Lara's record for the highest individual score in the second innings of an ODI. Dhoni's innings leads some of one-day cricket's most memorable batting performances, none more so than Lara's majestic 153 against Pakistan and Sachin Tendulkar's back-to-back centuries against Australia at Sharjah.
|MS Dhoni (India)||183*||v Sri Lanka||Jaipur||ODI 2290|
|BC Lara (WI)||153||v Pakistan||Sharjah||ODI 845|
|ST Jayasuriya (SL)||151*||v India||Mumbai||ODI 1207|
|BC Lara (WI)||146*||v New Zealand||Port of Spain||ODI 1086|
|A Flower (Zimb)||145||v India||Colombo (RPS)||ODI 1876|
|SR Tendulkar (India)||143||v Australia||Sharjah||ODI 1325|
|CWJ Athey (Eng)||142*||v New Zealand||Manchester||ODI 389|
|DL Houghton (Zimb)||142||v New Zealand||Hyderabad (Decc)||ODI 454|
|SB Styris (NZ)||141||v Sri Lanka||Bloemfontein||ODI 1944|
|SR Tendulkar (India)||141||v Pakistan||Rawalpindi||ODI 2114|
|Ijaz Ahmed (Pak)||139*||v India||Lahore||ODI 1236|
|JH Kallis (SAf)||139||v West Indies||Johannesburg||ODI 2096|
|ME Trescothick (Eng)||137||v Pakistan||Lord's||ODI 1722|
|SC Ganguly (India)||135*||v Bangladesh||Dhaka||ODI 1597|
|NS Sidhu (India)||134*||v England||Gwalior||ODI 813|
|ST Jayasuriya (SL)||134*||v Pakistan||Lahore||ODI 1251|
|SP Fleming (NZ)||134*||v South Africa||Johannesburg||ODI 1955|
|SR Tendulkar (India)||134||v Australia||Sharjah||ODI 1327|
|DL Haynes (WI)||133*||v Australia||Albion||ODI 252|
|CG Greenidge (WI)||133*||v New Zealand||Christchurch||ODI 441|
Right through his innings, Dhoni had shown the preference for the big hit rather than the quickly-scampered double and by the end of his effort, he had a world record to show for it. With 15 fours and ten sixes, Dhoni totaled 120 runs in boundaries, the highest in a one-day innings, eclipsing Saeed Anwar's record-breaking 194 against India in Chennai.
|MS Dhoni (India)||183*||15||10||120||v Sri Lanka||Jaipur||ODI 2290|
|Saeed Anwar (Pak)||194||22||5||118||v India||Chennai||ODI 1209|
|L Vincent (NZ)||172||16||9||118||v Zimbabwe||Bulawayo||ODI 2272|
|IVA Richards (WI)||189*||21||5||114||v England||Manchester||ODI 264|
|ST Jayasuriya (SL)||134||11||11||110||v Pakistan||Singapore||ODI 1088|
|SC Ganguly (India)||183||17||7||110||v Sri Lanka||Taunton||ODI 1463|
|ST Jayasuriya (SL)||189||21||4||108||v India||Sharjah||ODI 1652|
|IVA Richards (WI)||181||16||7||106||v Sri Lanka||Karachi||ODI 457|
|N Kapil Dev (India)||175*||16||6||100||v Zimbabwe||Tunbridge Wells||ODI 216|
|DJ Callaghan (SAf)||169*||19||4||100||v New Zealand||Centurion||ODI 960|
India's successful run-chase was virtually The Dhoni Show with a few batsmen playing supporting roles but nobody scoring more than Virender Sehwag's 39. This massive 144-run gulf between Dhoni's 183 and Sehwag's 39 is the fourth highest in terms of difference between the highest and second highest scores in an innings.
|IVA Richards (WI)||189*||26||163||v England||Manchester||ODI 264|
|Saeed Anwar (Pak)||194||39||155||v India||Chennai||ODI 1209|
|N Kapil Dev (India)||175*||24||151||v Zimbabwe||Tunbridge Wells||ODI 216|
|MS Dhoni (India)||183*||39||144||v Sri Lanka||Jaipur||ODI 2290|
|ST Jayasuriya (SL)||189||52||137||v India||Sharjah||ODI 1652|
|RA Smith (Eng)||167*||36||131||v Australia||Birmingham||ODI 831|
|G Kirsten (SAf)||188*||57||131||v United Arab Emirates||Rawalpindi||ODI 1049|
|DI Gower (Eng)||158||34||124||v New Zealand||Brisbane||ODI 168|
|SR Tendulkar (India)||146||32||114||v Zimbabwe||Jodhpur||ODI 1658|
|ST Jayasuriya (SL)||151*||38||113||v India||Mumbai||ODI 1207|
In the third ODI between India and Sri Lanka at Jaipur, both Kumar Sangakkara and Dhoni hit centuries, making it the first match in which both the wicketkeepers have hit hundreds.
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