696 days after playing his last match as captain of the Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is playing his 200th ODI as a captain against Afghanistan in the Super Four match of the ongoing Asia Cup.
With this match, Dhoni has become the first Asian captain to lead his side in 200 ODIs. He is third on the list of players which most ODIs as captain behind Australia’s Ricky Ponting (230 matches) and New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming (218 matches).
In his 199 games as the captain of the Indian side, MS Dhoni won 110 matches and lost 74 matches. As a captain, he scored 6633 runs with an average of 53.92 at a strike rate of 86.29 prior to today.
He stepped down as the captain of India after match against New Zealand at Vishakapatnam in October 2016.
Meanwhile, Twitter was delighted to see MS Dhoni back as India captain and flooded the social media platform with welcome back messages.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
200th game as skipper for Dhoni. To all his die hard followers, who were waiting with a ray of hope to see him lead the side in India colors. Here's it. #INDvAFG
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) September 25, 2018
— T.S.Suresh (@editorsuresh) September 25, 2018
— Madhav Sharma (माधव शर्मा) (@HashTagCricket) September 25, 2018
Delighted to see @msdhoni captain India for the 200th time. Great tribute to the legend this and very good call to give everyone a break.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) September 25, 2018
— Sarah Taylor (@SarahTheCricket) September 25, 2018
— Kishore Bardhan (@KishoreBardhan) September 25, 2018
Dhoni is captain today, isliye pic.twitter.com/iIOLTLW40R
— Kuptaan 🇮🇳 (@Kuptaan) September 25, 2018
— Adnan Rajput (SaveMykashmir) (@BeczItsRajput) September 25, 2018
— Nomad of Nights 🔱 (@Kanth__) September 25, 2018
MS Dhoni as Captain:
Oct 2016: 199th ODI
Sep 2018: 200th ODI
Goosebump moment when he walked on the field for the toss ❤️💛
— Neel Patel (@NeelPatel189) September 25, 2018
I thought I'd meet my friends and skip today's match, but destiny had other plans.
— Kaustubh Mayekar (@BottomEdge) September 25, 2018
#Thala leading #TeamIndia today, his 200th ODI match as Captain 🇮🇳 Reminds me of this spectacular frame from #Baahubali seeing @msdhoni at the toss. #WhistlePodu for our @ChennaiIPL 🦁 Lions MSD, Rayudu, Kedar, Jadeja, Deepak & the entire team. Best of Luck #INDvAFG #AsiaCup pic.twitter.com/ohYrtCn8w6
— Lakshmi Narayanan (@lakshuakku) September 25, 2018
— Udit Bakshi (@UditBakshi18) September 25, 2018
MS Dhoni is captaining the Indian team today! 😍😭
— Utkarsh Verma (@utkarshv13) September 25, 2018
MS Dhoni is leading India for the 200th time.
— Krishna Raj (@rajkrishna52) September 25, 2018
— Mask (@Mr_LoLwa) September 25, 2018
MS Dhoni completes 200 ODIs as India captain, rather reluctantly.
199 was so much more romantic & personified Dhoni better #INDvAFG
— Pushkar Kulkarni (@pushkar_18) September 25, 2018
— Shubham Hudda (@ImHudda) September 25, 2018