Blistering 183 breaks a brace of records November 2, 2005

Dhoni's day in the sun

As he strode past 153, Dhoni broke Brian Lara's record for the highest individual score in the second innings of an ODI

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni has two entries in the top four scores by a wicketkeeper in one-day cricket © Getty Images

Sri Lanka were blindsided by a calculated assault from Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the third ODI against India and en route to his unbeaten 183, Dhoni forced his way into a few record books.

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.

Highest scores in the second innings
Player Runs Opposition Ground Scorecard
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.


Most runs in boundaries
Player Runs 4s 6s Total Opposition Ground Scorecard
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.


Biggest difference between highest and second highest scores
Player Runs Next Diff Opposition Ground Scorecard
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

Trivia

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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George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo