On this day in 2006: Dinesh Mongia scores ODI cricket’s 1 millionth run

first_imgYou may remember Dinesh Mongia as the left-handed middle-order batsman who played 57 ODIs and a lone Test match for India but couldn’t make much of an impact even though he was part of the 2003 World Cup squad under Sourav Ganguly.The Chandigarh-born batsman got quite a long rope in the 50-over format between 2001 and 2007 but he couldn’t produce the consistent results and was later replaced by younger and fitter players.During his 6-year career Mongia produced one big score of 159 (vs Zimbabwe in Guwahati) along with a few scores of significance here and there.But one of Mongia’s knocks in particular stands out, not because he produced something special but because he became a part of history. Something so unique that the moment can never be taken away from him no matter what he did prior or after that particular knock against Australia in 2006. Dinesh Mongia scored 63 not out in India’s unsuccessful run chase (Reuters Photo)Mongia became the batsman who scored the 1000000th run in one-day international cricket on September 22, 2006. The one-millionth run was scored exactly 35 years after the first-ever ODI was played between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in January, 1971.The match in question here was the 6th ODI of the DLF Cup between India and Australia.The Aussies won the toss and elected to bat first but a superb bowling performance from Rahul Dravid’s team saw them getting bowled out for 213 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Before this game, ODIs had witnessed 999,735 runs so Australia’s score brought the total to 999,48 runs.advertisementMatthew Hayden top-scored with 54 while Brad Haddin made 46 as the rest of the batsman struggled against the likes of RP Singh, Ajit Agarkar and company.In reply, India struggled big time as openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar failed to provide a strong start.Mohammed Kaif and Dravid also struggled to get going which brought Mongia to the crease with the Men in Blue struggling at 47 for 3.Mogia placed the fifth ball of the 14th over towards fine-leg for a single which brought the ODI runs tally to 999,999 runs.He then defended four balls from Stuart Clark before scoring a streaky boundary between the wicketkeeper and first slip to become the batsman to score the millionth run in one-day cricket.Mongia made a valiant 63 not out but kept losing partners at the other end. His knock took India close to the target but they eventually fell short by 18 runs, getting bowled out for 195.It took just 35 years for the millionth run to be scored in the 50-over format whereas the longest format had to wait for 109 years to achieve the feat. Former Australia captain Allan Border was the one to score the millionth run in Test cricket on October 19, 1986.last_img read more