On this day, October 31, in the year 2005, MS Dhoni smashed his highest ODI score, an unbeaten 183. Under the captainship of Rahul Dravid, Indian team played a series of seven ODIs against Sri Lanka. Dhoni, who was the Indian wicketkeeper at that time, smashed 183 in the third ODI at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
India bagged comfortable victories in the first two matches of the series. In the third match, Sri Lankan team batted first to put up a massive target of 299 for India. Sri Lankan batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene played impressive knocks of 138 and 71 respectively, to reach 298 for 4 wickets in the end. In reply, Indian openers Virendra Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar could not give a great start to Indian batting with Sachin getting out at the score 2.
It was this moment when MS Dhoni came in to bat at no. 3 position and played a record innings of his ODI career. To reach his personal best ODI score of 183, Dhoni took 145 balls. He smashed a total of 15 fours and 10 sixes in his innings, making three big partnerships with Virender Sehwag (92), Rahul Dravid (86) and Yuvraj Singh (65).
Dhoni remained unbeaten, and led India to victory in the end by 6 wickets. Dhoni was also awarded ‘Man of the match’ for his outstanding batting. Eventually, India won the series 6-1, totally outclassing Sri Lanka on home soil.
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