MS Dhoni Captaincy Record – A Statistical Analysis

A name that holds great significance in Indian cricket history, MS Dhoni, on August 15, officially announced his retirement via an Instagram post. Dhoni, who retired not only as one of India's best captain but even one of the world's best limited-overs captain of all-time. While Dhoni's impact as Indian cricketer lies beyond his stats throughout his career, he was one of the best finishers that the game has ever seen.

His cool & composed character on a cricket field often defined him as someone who went about business with ease. Being the Indian captain for nearly ten years in his International career, Dhoni was never seen losing his cause be it on or off the field.

MS Dhoni final ODI appearance
Dhoni last played for India in the World Cup 2019 Semi-Final against New Zealand at Old Trafford

Dhoni's captaincy career for India kickstarted in an eventful T20 World Cup fixture against Pakistan in 2007. While India's inaugural match in the T20 WC against Scotland was washed out, Dhoni led India for the very first time against Pakistan. The T20 fixture against Pakistan gave an indication of how well he captained the side, keeping in his cool in a game when India eventually emerged winners in a bowl-out.

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Dhoni last captained India in an Asia Cup match against Afghanistan in 2018, which also happened to be his 200th match as ODI captain of India. Co-incidentally, the game finished in a tie.

As the great man bids adieu to the International cricket in one of the most subtle ways, we take a look back at his illustrious cricket career as a captain.

MS Dhoni captaincy record in Tests

MS Dhoni Test Captain
Dhoni retired from Test cricket during the Australia tour in 2014/15

Matches: 60, Won: 27, Lost: 18, Draw: 15, Wins at Home: 21, Wins Away: 6

60 – Dhoni holds the record of captaining India in most Test matches (60), which is also the sixth most for any country.

2 – He is the second most successful skipper of India behind Virat Kohli in Test Cricket. Virat Kohli has 33 wins as India's Test Captain so far.

2 – Only the 2nd Indian captain after MAK Pataudi (3-1 in 1967) to record a Test series win in New Zealand.

1– The first captain to lead India to the No.1 Test rankings. Inda's reign as the No.1 Test team lasted for 21 months which is the joint 3rd longest.

4 – Became only the 4th captain to hand a whitewash to Australia in Test cricket. Australia lost to India 4-0 in 2013.

2 – Scored second-most runs for India as a Test captain.

1 – Only wicket-keeper batsman ever to score a double hundred while leading his country. He scored his career 224 against Australia at Chennai in 2012-13.

MS Dhoni captaincy record in ODIs

MS Dhoni as India ODI captain
MS Dhoni captaincy record in ODIs ranks him among the greatest ODI captains of all-time

Matches: 200, Won: 110, Lost: 74, NR/Tied: 16, Wins at Home: 43, Wins Away: 67

1 – Most matches as the Indian ODI captain and third most overall behind Ricky Ponting (230) and Stephen Fleming(218).

2 – Second most successful ODI skipper of all-time. Only Ponting (165) has more wins as an ODI captain.

1– Holds the record of scoring most ODI runs as an Indian captain and second-highest behind Ponting who has 8497 runs for Australia. Dhoni's batting average is also the 3rd best after Virat (74.59) and AB De Villiers (63.95) while captaining the sides.

2 – Only the second Indian captain to win the World Cup and the second ever to have won both World Cup as well as ICC Champions trophy.

1 – India became the No.1 ranked ODI side with Dhoni at the helm in 2013 for the first time.

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MS Dhoni captaincy record in T20Is

MS Dhoni India Captain
Dhoni guided Team India to triumph in inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007

Matches: 72, Won: 41, Lost: 28, Tie/NR: 3, Wins at Home: 10, Wins Away: 31

1 – Most T20I matches as a captain of the national team.

2 – Second most runs as the T20I captain of India.

1 – Most matches won as captain with a winning percentage of 58.33.

MS Dhoni captaincy record across all formats

Dhoni won three ICC tournaments as Captain
Dhoni boasts of a unique record of winning all three major ICC titles as Captain of India

Here's a quick recap of Dhoni's captaincy record as India skipper

Matches: 332, Won: 178, Lost: 120, Draw/NR/Tie: 34, Wins at Home: 74, Wins Away: 104

1 – Only captain in cricket history to win all three major ICC titles. Under Dhoni's captaincy, India lifted the T20 World Cup 2007, World Cup 2011, and Champions Trophy 2013.

1 – Dhoni has played most international matches as captain for his national team. He represented India in 332 matches at the international level.

2 – Dhoni is the second most successful captain in international cricket with 178 wins. Only Ricky Ponting (220) has more victories as captain.

MS Dhoni captaincy record in IPL

MS Dhoni CSK skipper
Dhoni has led CSK to three IPL titles as captain

Matches: 174, Won: 104, Lost: 69, NR: 1

1 – Dhoni has played most IPL matches as a captain. He's also the only player to have won over 100 IPL matches as captain.

1 – With 104 victories in IPL, Dhoni tops the chart with most wins as skipper in the IPL.

1 – Has scored most runs by any IPL captain in the history of the league.

2 – 2nd highest winning ratio with 59.77% for players with 50 or more games as IPL captain.

2 – Only the second captain after Rohit Sharma to win three or more IPL titles as captain. Dhoni captained CSK to IPL triumphs in 2010, 2011, and 2018.

1 – First and only IPL captain to successfully defend the IPL title. CSK successfully defended the IPL title in 2011 under Dhoni's leadership.