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MS Dhoni at 36, still a strong contender for World Cup 2019
Well, during this ongoing 11th season of the Indian Premier League, vibrant MS Dhoni has once again proved his meticulous talent becoming the highest run scoring captain in the history of the IPL.

MSD has achieved this feat by scoring 3556 runs in the IPL in 151 matches with an excellent strike rate of 140.33. Also, one cannot ignore his pivotal role as the wicketkeeper of Team India as he is currently the third best wicketkeeper across all formats after Mark Boucher (South Africa) and Adam Gilchrist (Australia).

Standing proudly at third place amongst all time best wicketkeepers, Dhoni holds the record of 776 dismissals including 602 catches and 174 stumpings. Also, he has the distinction of effecting 6 dismissals in an innings. His average dismissals per innings come to an impressive 1.368.

As every cricket lover is eagerly waiting for the next ICC World Cup to be held in England in June 2019, millions of diehard fans of MSD strongly believe that he is going to contribute substantially by perfectly executing his most important role of the best and most trustworthy finisher.

Apart from his rich experience on the field, he is keeping a very good level of physical fitness. His ability to guide and encourage the younger players is an added advantage. Also, his sharp judgment ranging from appropriate field placements to effective utilisation of Indian bowling resources might prove very useful for the Indian skipper Virat Kohli during crucial matches. Perhaps his presence itself will boost the morale of Team India manifolds as with the inflated level of confidence our boys might be able to give their best.

Everyone knows really well that facing England in their own backyard on pitches which assist movement is not an easy task for any given team but with the kind of exposure MSD possesses, he can not only stablise the innings in the middle for the batsmen that follow but is also capable of increasing the run rate especially during the death overs.

The following few records held by MSD speak volumes about his talent:

?        MS Dhoni holds a record of the most international stumpings: 161

?        As a captain, Dhoni has played the most number of international matches: 331

?        As captain of the Indian team Dhoni has smashed 204 international sixes

?        Under his captaincy in 2009, for the first time, India topped the ICC Test rankings

?        Dhoni is the first Indian wicket-keeper to make 4000 test runs

?        Dhoni has become the most successful Indian Test captain with 27 Test wins

?        Dhoni scored 183 runs against Sri Lanka in an ODI in 2005, this being the highest score by a wicket-keeper batsman.

?        Dhoni has the highest ODI batting average of 50.96 among keepers

?        Dhoni became the first Indian to hit 200 sixes in ODIs

?        Dhoni is also the first player to have scored 1000 runs in T20Is

Last, but not the least, much more than Dhoni may desire to be part of India's World Cup squad, it is the dire need of Team India to have such a brilliant and experienced mentor on board.

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