Mahendra Singh overtook Rahul Dravid to become the second most capped player for India in international cricket as he played his 505th match for India in the Super Four of Asia Cup 2018 against Pakistan on Sunday.At the Dubai International Stadium, Dhoni marked his 505th game with some good work behind the stumps and as usual, helped India to get a big Decision Review System (DRS) call right.Before Dhoni, Rahul Dravid was the second most capped player for India with 504 caps in international cricket. Sachin Tendulkar leads the list with a record 664 matches for India.Dhoni is the most experienced player in the 16-member squad at the Asia Cup 2018 and his wealth of experience comes handy every time there’s a need of change in bowling and fielding plans.Asia Cup 2018, India vs Pakistan: Live Blog | Live Cricket Score | ScorecardIn the 505 matches for India, Dhoni has scored 16,268 runs, including 15 hundreds and 102 fifties. He has played 90 Test matches, 322 ODIs and 93 T20Is.On Sunday, India got their first wicket against Pakistan after they took a brilliant DRS review. Chahal has trapped Imam-ul-Haq leg before wicket but the umpire had not given it an out. Captain Rohit Sharma looked towards Dhoni asking if he should go for the review and Dhoni immediately gave a nod. Dhoni and Rohit’s decision turned out to be correct, India got the breakthrough and Dhoni’s brilliance with the system came to the fore once again.Also read – Asia Cup 2018: Happy to have got my 50th ODI wicket against Pakistan, says ChahaladvertisementDhoni also holds the record for playing the most number of international matches as captain (331). Dhoni is the only captain to win all three ICC tournament – ODI World Cup, World T20 and Champions Trophy and he’s also the most successful ODI captain in Indian cricket history.Experts have backed Dhoni to continue till the 2019 ICC World Cup because most believe that his quality behind the stumps and his experience of captaincy is beyond replacement at the moment.
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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Commonwealth Games 2018 Commonwealth Games British cycling has been short on heartwarming tales of late so how timely that Charlie Tanfield, a student who lives in a shared house and glues his own tyres, should emerge from the amateur ranks to produce one of the great breakthrough seasons.The 21-year-old won Commonwealth gold in the 4,000m individual pursuit in Brisbane on Friday to add to his world championships victory last month. It has been a remarkable rise to prominence for a cyclist who turned up at a national championships two years ago having not competed on a track since the age of 15.Even more impressive is that he has forged his own success outside a British Cycling system awash with money as part of the self-funded KGF team. They are bankrolled not by lottery money or a major conglomerate but student loans and full-time jobs. Tanfield, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Derby, moved into a house in the city with his team-mates Jacob Tipper, Dan Bigham and Jonathan Wale to be close to the velodrome and devote as much time as possible to their mission to break into the national squad. Tanfield and Bigham did just that and sooner than expected, earning the right to compete for Great Britain at the world championships in Apeldoorn, in the Netherlands. On his first appearance in a British vest, Tanfield became world champion in the team pursuit.“The results just keep on coming and it’s so good to keep on proving myself on the world stage,” Tanfield said. “It’s unbelievable. Two years ago when I went to the nationals it was my first time round a track since I was 15 and my ultimate goal was to get to a Commonwealth Games. I think I’ve achieved a bit more than that now.”In qualifying in Queensland, Tanfield had come within less than a second of breaking the world record, progressing to the final in 4min 11.46sec, a Commonwealth best mark. “During the race I was thinking: ‘This is on,’” he said. “I could hear the commentator saying I was on world record splits. I didn’t even look at the lap board until two laps to go because I was concentrating on my ride. I just missed out. With 500 to go I hit a wall but I’m not too bothered.”Tanfield faced Scotland’s John Archibald, a new team-mate at KGF who had considered cycling as merely a hobby until last summer, in the final. Archibald was aiming to make it two golds in less than an hour for his family after his sister, the Olympic champion Katie Archibald, had won the women’s 3,000m pursuit. Cycling Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Topics Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Australia sport Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Read more Share via Email But Tanfield got off to a blistering start and, despite deteriorating rapidly over the last kilometre, managed to hold on for victory in 4:15.952, beating Archibald by 0.704sec.“It was absolutely epic,” said Tanfield. “I knew I was in a good place after qualifying but towards the end of that race I thought I almost messed it up but I managed to hold on until the finish so I’m absolutely ecstatic with the result.”Draped in the St George’s Cross flag, Tanfield leaned over the barrier inside the velodrome to embrace his mother who had travelled over from England. While he might be out in the bars of Australia’s Gold Coast celebrating, his mum said she was jetlagged so would be toasting his victory with a cup of tea at 4am.Katie Archibald said there would be celebrations in her clan too. “The Archibalds aren’t known for parties but this is going to be the biggest Friday night we’ve had in a while,” she said.Archibald, a former swimmer from Milngavie, a town six miles outside Glasgow, is one of the quirkiest characters in British cycling but her eccentricities do not obscure a ferocious competitive spirit.She found herself trailing Australia’s Rebecca Wiasak after the home favourite made a fast start that she was unable to maintain. Archibald narrowed the gap from 1,250m onwards before taking advantage of her tiring opponent in the final two laps, posting a time of 3:26.088.Speaking after the race, Archibald joked she “never really expected” her brother to feature in a Commonwealth final.“Maybe it’s because I’m his sister, you get used to seeing this normal person,” she said.Archibald had earlier set a Commonwealth Games record of 3:24.119 in qualifying, which was previously held by England’s Joanna Rowsell Shand.“It means a lot,” said Archibald, who won bronze in the event at her home Games in Glasgow four years ago. “Especially in the individual pursuit because it’s not an Olympic event. I didn’t schedule for a Commonwealth record at all.“You look at my splits, they were all over the place. I come out too fast but then you can’t put the brakes on, you can’t say: ‘This is too much.’ You’ve got to control the decline. I still died a death in the final but it was better paced.” Support The Guardian news Commonwealth Games: Sarah Vasey outshines club mate Peaty with gold Read more