Dhoni might have become the seventh batter to cross the landmark but being the first one to get to the milestone while batting in the lower-middle order speaks volumes of his calibre.
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Former India opener Virender Sehwag lauded Dhoni’s achievement saying only he can score so many runs at that number and has always been consistent for his team.
“The expectation is that the top-order batters will score the most runs. MS Dhoni comes in the middle order or lower-middle order and he has scored 5000 runs. No player might be able to score so many runs while playing at that number. He is consistent, scores runs and wins matches for his team. He is a very big player,” Sehwag said during the post-match show on Star Sports..
Sehwag also believes Dhoni doesn’t go after milestones and said achieving the 5000-run milestone in the IPL won’t make any difference to the former India captain.
During the match against Lucknow Super Giants, the CSK skipper crossed the 5000-run mark during his three-ball 12-run knock and became the first specialist wicketkeeper to reach the milestone in IPL.
“If you ask MS Dhoni, he will ask what difference it makes, whether he has scored 5000, 3000 or 7000 runs, the important thing is to win the trophy, which he has done. I don’t think he goes after or thinks about milestones,” Sehwag said during the post-match show on Star Sports.
Sehwag added that records and milestones are remembered post-retirement. “I was also like that. Who knows how many runs have been scored but it is true that these numbers are remembered later. When you retire, it is remembered that this player scored so many runs in the IPL,” he said.
Virat Kohli (6706), Shikhar Dhawan (6284), David Warner (5937), Rohit Sharma (5880), Suresh Raina (5528) and AB de Villiers (5162) are the other batters to have crossed the 5000-run mark in the cash-rich league.
(With IANS Inputs)