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Score 183 runs in an ODI and you could be India's next cricket captain
It will be very interesting to see when Virat Kohli, who scored 183 runs in the match against..

IS THERE a benchmark score one has to record to become the next Indian cricket captain? It seems there is - that is if you score 183 runs in a ODI. Virat Kohli, who played a 183-runs inning on March 18 against Pakistan at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, could become the future Indian captain. Stats show that the figure of 183 runs spells magic for whoever scores it in a ODI. MS Dhoni and former southpaw Sourav Ganguly are supporting examples of this numeric co-incidence - both scored 183 runs in ODIs, and were later rewarded with the captaincy of the team.

Sourav Ganguly, who led the Indian cricket team from 2000 to 2006, played a 183-runs inning at County Ground, Taunton against Sri Lanka in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. In his inning of 183 runs, Ganguly faced 158 balls and drove the ball 17 times over the fence and hit seven sixes. Sourav Ganguly led the team in 146 ODIs and notched victory on 76 occasions.

Current Indian captain MS Dhoni, who has been leading the team since 2007, also played an inning of 183 runs (not out) against Sri Lanka at the Pink City Jaipur's at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in 2005. In his 145-ball inning, he scored 120 runs through boundaries including 10 sixes. According to Wikipedia, MS Dhoni has led the team in 120 matches and registered victory in 68 matches.

It is also a co-incident that MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli scored 183 runs after the gap of six years from their respective predecessor. Another interest fact is that in all the three occasions India lost their first wicket below 10 runs. Out of the three occasions, India won by six wickets and batsman came to crease at no. 3, while in the case of Ganguly, India won by 157 runs and he opened the inning. India scored more than 300 runs on all the three occasions.

All the three stars Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have played their first ODIs outside the country and Sachin Tendulkar is the only player who was the part of this moment every time. All the three players made their Test debut at least after one year of ODI debut. One more interesting fact is that India reached in the final of ICC Cricket World Cup under the leadership of both batsmen who scored 183 runs before they took charge of the captaincy.

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