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Dhoni can try beating Ponting’s record, but it might take him two more World Cups to do so. Photo: Greg Wood/AFP (Greg Wood/AFP)
Dhoni can try beating Ponting’s record, but it might take him two more World Cups to do so. Photo: Greg Wood/AFP
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World Cup 2015: India vs Ireland in 5 milestones

Dhoni now has more consecutive World Cup victories as skipper than Sourav Ganguly but is miles behind Ponting’s record

India kept their juggernaut rolling in the 2015 World Cup as they comfortably won by eight wickets against Ireland at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Tuesday. Here’s a look at five milestones that were crossed during the match:

1. M.S. Dhoni as India captain now has more consecutive World Cup victories (nine) than Sourav Ganguly. This winning streak started against the West Indies in the 2011 World Cup that India won in Chennai. Dhoni is now tied with West Indian legend Clive Lloyd in this record, although he’s still far behind Ricky Ponting’s 24 consecutive wins as captain. Perhaps he’ll break it if he plans to last for two more World Cups. In terms of ODI victories this is his 98th win as captain, drawing him level with Stephen Fleming but behind Hansie Cronje (99), Allan Border (107) and Ricky Ponting (165).

2. With this victory, India has ensured it has not lost to any non-test playing nation in the World Cup. They have (since 1996) faced Kenya, the Netherlands, Namibia and Bermuda besides Ireland (previously in 2011). With this win, India have also won all three of their one-day internationals against Ireland, and at all times batting second.

Shikhar Dhawan is on a good batting streak. Photo: AP
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Shikhar Dhawan is on a good batting streak. Photo: AP

3. With a tally of 174 runs between them during Tuesday’s game, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma put up the best opening World Cup stand for India. The previous record-holding duo was Ajay Jadeja and Sachin Tendulkar (163 runs) versus Kenya in the 1996 World Cup. Dhawan is continuing his hot streak with two 100s in this tournament alone besides amassing a total of eight tons since 2013. But he’s placed second, just behind Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara with his 333-run tally at the 2015 World Cup.

4. Ireland captain William Porterfield drew consolation from posting the highest total (259) against defending champions India in the cricket World Cup so far despite a crushing defeat on Tuesday. The opening partnership of 89 runs between William Porterfield and Paul Stirling was also the highest in World Cups for Ireland against a top-eight team. Four of Ireland’s 12 highest ODI totals have come in this tournament, including their highest (331-8 against Zimbabwe).

5. India’s Mohammed Shami, with his 3-41 haul on Tuesday, has now taken three or more wickets in ODIs 15 times since 2013—the most for any bowler. Below him are Australia’s Ryan McLaren (13) and Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga (12). India’s bowlers are also having a very good run as they have bowled out opposing teams five times back-to-back—a feat they have never pulled off before in ODIs.

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