Antigua: A couple of days after he went past Adam Gilchrist to become a second highest run-getter as a wicketkeeper-batsman in ODIs, MS Dhoni registered another record against his name as he became a slowest Indian to score a fifty in ODIs since June 2001.
The former India skipper, who is regarded as one of the best finishers the game has ever seen, completed his fifty in 108 balls on what Team India skipper Virat Kohli termed a two-paced wicket following the 11-run defeat against West Indies in the fourth ODI of the five-match series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Sunday.
With this knock, Dhoni went past Sourav Ganguly who was previously holding the top spot of slowest half-century by an Indian in ODIs since June 2001. Ganguly had a 105-ball fifty against Sri Lanka in 2005 and came closer of equalling that feat in 2007 as he brought up his half-century in 104 balls against Bangladesh.
Slowest fifties for India in ODIs: (Since June,2001) (By balls)— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) July 2, 2017
108 - MS DHONI*
105 - Sourav Ganguly
104 - Sourav Ganguly #WIvIND
While Dhoni made sure he stayed in the middle after Indian middle order of Kohli, Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav failed to put up a big score on the board, he could not help India cross the finish line after being dismissed on the final ball of the 49th over with India needing 14 runs to win the match in the final over.