England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 1st day August 15, 2014

Dhoni's highs, India's lows

On a day when England dominated India on the field, Dhoni dominates the stats pages
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MS Dhoni scored more than half of India's runs
MS Dhoni scored more than half of India's runs © Getty Images

349 Number of runs that MS Dhoni has scored in the Investec Test series. This is the most runs that he has made in a single series, surpassing the 326 he scored against Australia in India last year.

704 Number of balls faced by Dhoni in this series. This is by far the most balls that he has faced in a single series. His previous highest was the 481 balls that he faced during England's tour to India in 2012.

55.41 Percentage of team runs scored by Dhoni in India's first innings - 82 out of 148. This is the first time that an Indian captain has scored more than 50% of his team's runs in a Test innings. Including non-captains, this is the sixth highest percentage contribution by an Indian batsman in a completed innings. Across countries, this is also the fifth highest percentage contribution to team runs by a player batting at No. 6 or lower.

14 Number of ducks scored by Indian batsmen in this series, including two in the first innings of this Test. England's batsmen have scored only three ducks in the series - all three by allrounder Ben Stokes.

4 Number of times that India have lost six wickets for less than 50 runs during a Test in England. The last time that this happened was during the famous 42-all-out at Lord's in 1974.

58 Number of runs posted by Dhoni and Ishant Sharma for the tenth wicket during India's first innings. This is the first time that an Indian tenth wicket pair has posted a 50-plus partnership after having lost the first nine wickets for less than 100 runs.

466 Number of runs scored by tenth wicket partnerships in this series. This is a record for the most tenth-wicket runs in a series, going past the 458 scored by tenth-wicket pairs during the 1924-25 Ashes.

13 Number of times that India have been bowled out for less than 150 runs in England. The last time this happened was at Lord's in 1982. In the 30 years between 1950 and 1980, India faced this ignominy on nine occasions. Since then, this has only happened twice, including today.

8 Number of fifties scored by Dhoni in England, which equals the most by a batsman who has not scored a century there. The great former Australia allrounder Monty Noble also has eight fifties in England without a century. Dhoni's 12 fifties against England is also a record for the most fifties against a single opposition without scoring a hundred.

Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor at ESPNcricinfo. @bishen_jeswant

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  • on August 16, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    In Indian Team just one player ,I mean batsman can stand effect with head up & that is Skipper Dhoni. The continous fall of Kohli& Gambhir cast doubts in the mind of some people. One friend told me this. Hence Iam writing. Some feel it is the tactics of some players to cast shadow on Dhoni to remove him from Captaincy. If any body feels Dhoni can be removed it is only their day dream which is not going to be real at least for another 4 years. Dhoni is the best captain who ha brought many laurels for India. He would continue as long as he wishes SreedharanMundanat

  • Temuzin on August 16, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    MSD is a legend, a brave, solid batsman. He has his own technique and most often scores runs with that technique. He should be praised and Kohli, Gambhir, Pujara, Rahane and Binny should be criticized for letting the team down..

  • anonymousfan on August 16, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    After having played 87 tests, one would think that MSD would have learned to score against a mediocre attack at least. However his real test would be against the Australians down under, who by all means are a much more potent attack. His predecessor Sourav Ganguly also had batting limitations but still managed to score 7000 + runs in test cricket. Let's see what MSD ends up with.

  • tznomani on August 16, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    MSD what a conundrum he is. In my personal opinion its not about MSD being a bad captain, its about him being a defensive captain. Its not his integrity, his character or enthusiasm we should question. When he wears the Indian shirt he will be giving it his 100% out there. But the problem is his personality which kicks in, in T20's and ODI the same field settings the same type of defensive line lengths and fields would work great, but when you want to make something happen these same tactics make everyone wonder why he is still captaining the test team. So, I feel its just a question of him not being suited for the job, rather than him not doing the job.

  • lucky666 on August 16, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    I used to blame MSD and still religiously believes he is not a perfect Test match captain, but this would be injustice to blame MSD for total nightmare, he is not technically sound but still the way he has shown mental toughness and scores 1/2 centuries in last two innings speaks a volume of his character...that's all we need...toporder even if they fire 40 on a average rest of the bowlers will also hasv some edge to defend...the real problem is Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Murli (Yes he as well)....just look at the balls faced by Ishant and balls faced by Pujara, I know there is a 6 hours gap when both walked on the track....The point is it's not all MSD mistake...

  • rising_phoenix on August 16, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    @Optimistic_Indian: Lol....knowing that Dhoni calls "heads" every time means that the opposite captain change the consequence of a coin toss? Which class are you in? Please tell me that you haven't started studying probability and I may excuse you

  • cheatsdontprosper on August 16, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Question Did India get to distracted by the Jadeja - Anderson incident or is this just bad form ? I THINK that India perhaps got too mixed up with the off field incident and there fore DID NOT PROPERLY get their mindset and focus on the ON FIELD GAME, I have never been a fan of Dhoni as test captain (only as a Odi Captain) Dhoni's scores are Average and his captaincy sways towards the negative just think all those people who have recently criticized Prior well guess what Dhoni's stats are VERY SIMILAR ! Love or Hate MSD he is here to stay for the near future.

  • on August 16, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    @ Kumaran Guru, doni is the captain so how can he go for that single run at 49? Almost any captain would do the same if they were not out on 49 or 99 when they are 9 down. In the process of getting their 50 or 100 the if the tailender gets out then who is the loser? is it not the captain the loser, so almost any captain will do the same in that situation because he is the captain and if team is all out for low score the captain is the one who loses more than the other. If doni did this while playing under some other captain then I agree such deeds can be praised but in this instance doni himself is the captain and he would benefit more by not taking that single. If he took single and then ishant was out due to getting strike then the team would get smaller total and doni is the first one who will suffer and also he would have been criticized for being selfish so there is nothing great in what he did, most captains would do the same.

  • Abaa on August 16, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Well played Dhoni ... The rest of this pathetic Indian team is making an ordinary English bowling line up look legendary

  • kkirank6119 on August 16, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Good to see at least 15 comments in favor of Dhoni. Having saved india on so many occasions in the past, people still forget it all. This is because the propaganda made by many about his 'poor technique'. One should say it is NON BOOKISH-NON STANDARD technique! A poor technique can not last long on conditions, where correct technique fails so often. If there is BAT MAP available, one can see the % balls he middles as compare to others, runs scored from middle of bat compared to edges etc. Moreover he is out while playing shots rather defending. The sad part is, he never and will never promote himself up the order. If he does that, he will give much needed confidence to the shaken middle order. The fact that he scores with tail enders is because their confidence is raised in his presence. Having not taken single to reach 50 and make personal achievement, is a point needs to be noted by millions. Where fans know players , more by their records; this is an attitude worth noticing!

  • on August 16, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    In Indian Team just one player ,I mean batsman can stand effect with head up & that is Skipper Dhoni. The continous fall of Kohli& Gambhir cast doubts in the mind of some people. One friend told me this. Hence Iam writing. Some feel it is the tactics of some players to cast shadow on Dhoni to remove him from Captaincy. If any body feels Dhoni can be removed it is only their day dream which is not going to be real at least for another 4 years. Dhoni is the best captain who ha brought many laurels for India. He would continue as long as he wishes SreedharanMundanat

  • Temuzin on August 16, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    MSD is a legend, a brave, solid batsman. He has his own technique and most often scores runs with that technique. He should be praised and Kohli, Gambhir, Pujara, Rahane and Binny should be criticized for letting the team down..

  • anonymousfan on August 16, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    After having played 87 tests, one would think that MSD would have learned to score against a mediocre attack at least. However his real test would be against the Australians down under, who by all means are a much more potent attack. His predecessor Sourav Ganguly also had batting limitations but still managed to score 7000 + runs in test cricket. Let's see what MSD ends up with.

  • tznomani on August 16, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    MSD what a conundrum he is. In my personal opinion its not about MSD being a bad captain, its about him being a defensive captain. Its not his integrity, his character or enthusiasm we should question. When he wears the Indian shirt he will be giving it his 100% out there. But the problem is his personality which kicks in, in T20's and ODI the same field settings the same type of defensive line lengths and fields would work great, but when you want to make something happen these same tactics make everyone wonder why he is still captaining the test team. So, I feel its just a question of him not being suited for the job, rather than him not doing the job.

  • lucky666 on August 16, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    I used to blame MSD and still religiously believes he is not a perfect Test match captain, but this would be injustice to blame MSD for total nightmare, he is not technically sound but still the way he has shown mental toughness and scores 1/2 centuries in last two innings speaks a volume of his character...that's all we need...toporder even if they fire 40 on a average rest of the bowlers will also hasv some edge to defend...the real problem is Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Murli (Yes he as well)....just look at the balls faced by Ishant and balls faced by Pujara, I know there is a 6 hours gap when both walked on the track....The point is it's not all MSD mistake...

  • rising_phoenix on August 16, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    @Optimistic_Indian: Lol....knowing that Dhoni calls "heads" every time means that the opposite captain change the consequence of a coin toss? Which class are you in? Please tell me that you haven't started studying probability and I may excuse you

  • cheatsdontprosper on August 16, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Question Did India get to distracted by the Jadeja - Anderson incident or is this just bad form ? I THINK that India perhaps got too mixed up with the off field incident and there fore DID NOT PROPERLY get their mindset and focus on the ON FIELD GAME, I have never been a fan of Dhoni as test captain (only as a Odi Captain) Dhoni's scores are Average and his captaincy sways towards the negative just think all those people who have recently criticized Prior well guess what Dhoni's stats are VERY SIMILAR ! Love or Hate MSD he is here to stay for the near future.

  • on August 16, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    @ Kumaran Guru, doni is the captain so how can he go for that single run at 49? Almost any captain would do the same if they were not out on 49 or 99 when they are 9 down. In the process of getting their 50 or 100 the if the tailender gets out then who is the loser? is it not the captain the loser, so almost any captain will do the same in that situation because he is the captain and if team is all out for low score the captain is the one who loses more than the other. If doni did this while playing under some other captain then I agree such deeds can be praised but in this instance doni himself is the captain and he would benefit more by not taking that single. If he took single and then ishant was out due to getting strike then the team would get smaller total and doni is the first one who will suffer and also he would have been criticized for being selfish so there is nothing great in what he did, most captains would do the same.

  • Abaa on August 16, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Well played Dhoni ... The rest of this pathetic Indian team is making an ordinary English bowling line up look legendary

  • kkirank6119 on August 16, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Good to see at least 15 comments in favor of Dhoni. Having saved india on so many occasions in the past, people still forget it all. This is because the propaganda made by many about his 'poor technique'. One should say it is NON BOOKISH-NON STANDARD technique! A poor technique can not last long on conditions, where correct technique fails so often. If there is BAT MAP available, one can see the % balls he middles as compare to others, runs scored from middle of bat compared to edges etc. Moreover he is out while playing shots rather defending. The sad part is, he never and will never promote himself up the order. If he does that, he will give much needed confidence to the shaken middle order. The fact that he scores with tail enders is because their confidence is raised in his presence. Having not taken single to reach 50 and make personal achievement, is a point needs to be noted by millions. Where fans know players , more by their records; this is an attitude worth noticing!

  • Robin292 on August 16, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Raviscreen 3.30 post:

    The bet post I've read re: Dhoni's batting. Also respect for him as h apologised to me last week at Old Trafford as India team did not sign autographs for my son. I did complain and message sent to me to leave anything that needed signing and it would be signed. Sadly game ended early.

  • Optimistic_Indian on August 16, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    We all know that Dhoni is a skillful captain and has won many trophies for India in limited overs format and also few test series in India. I think India dominating in Test format overseas would be the pinnacle of success for him as Indian captain. But what is costing Dhoni and Indian team of late is his stubbornness. One simple example is Dhoni calling Head every time during toss. Opponent captains flipping the coin know this very well and gives them an advantage. This happened yesterday when Cook won the important toss and opted to bowl thus giving the already in-form English bowlers an advantage of overcast conditions and green surface. If India had won the toss, Indian bowlers atleast would have had the chance of picking up quick wickets or Indian batsmen would have not fell very cheaply like they did.

  • on August 16, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Did you notice ?? 50.3 over ! Ms Dhoni on 49* Woakes to Dhoni, Msd pulled the ball from outside off towards deep midwicket but did nt take any run. Harsha Bhogle on commentry-"He is such a selfless player,if any other batsman would there he could take a run to complete his fifty but Ms Dhoni knows what is the first priority in this situation" He could take the single and complete his fifty but he kept himself on strike as Ishant sharma was at the non-striker end !! Because for him his countrys respect is more important than his fifty

  • on August 16, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Dhoni baiters shall stop criticising him. Runs scored counts at the end of the day. What happened to hyped players like Kohli and Pujara?

  • Lets-bash-others on August 16, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    If Dhoni can score then why can't others do the same.. Given that Dhoni has worst technique in this team his performance proves that DETERMINATION matters than technique.....

    Virat can't be made captain till he proves he can bat consistently in TESTS....

  • on August 16, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    This is egg in the face of all those who were commenting on Dhoni the batsman. He has proved beyond an iota of doubt who the boss is. Salute the courage of this man. In really tough conditions he has proven again and again - 3 times to be precise that he can survive anything that is thrown at him, technique or not. May his tribe increase.

  • on August 16, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    Dhoni despite lacking the technique has shown what attitude and mental strength can do!! He probably has the worst technique(in the star studded Indian batting line up) in swinging conditions but he has nerves of steel. I think he doesn't deserve such a poor team. He is still the best man to lead the side in all the 3 formats.

  • raviscreen on August 16, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Let us forget all other factors - let us concentrate on Dhoni's batting skills. He has made 2 or 3 useful contributions based on two major reasons 1) He is not tentative when he plays his strokes 2) He is unconventional where he does not commit on front foot or back foot..just looks at the ball and hits...this is useful because most of the pure batsmen are play the strokes according to the tuitorial - a bit like the classical dance - where the steps are tuned according to the length of the delivery. If you were to add a bit of movement in the length, then, they don't know what to do. The same applies to classical dance...so much attuned to the dance master's Tala or Rhythim, the steps are played out. If the "Tala" varies a bit, they get confused. So, that is why Dhoni is able to make some runs. His technique (or no technique) is not attuned to the "Tala".

  • on August 16, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    Indian cricket team performance especially their batsman is nothing but pea tic and their so called top class batsman's are nothing but flat pitch bullies limitations are exposed this made average team like England team calling for shots ( except two world class bowlers).Finally two world class bowlers made the difference .The Indian batsman's wilt like nine pins .

  • Cric-Aus-SL on August 16, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    If we see which haven't changed for India over this oversees lean patch lasting more than three years are their performance and results. AND there are another two too, Yes, the coach DUNKAN FLETCHER and their captain MSD.

  • thozar on August 16, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Despite India's poor performance, it is heartening to see Dhoni's battling innings. He has been unfairly criticized for "poor technique", "poor captaincy", etc. But, it is not because of his so-called poor technique or captaincy that India lost the last 2 tests. He has fought a lone battle in the last few tests with due respect to Ashwin's two battling innings in the Old Trafford test. The top order batsmen will do well to emulate his strong character at least in the 2nd innings of this test. There is no substitute to character of which Dhoni has shown plenty. It is sad to see so many Indian fans also criticizing Dhoni. Every team wins and loses. Why target only Dhoni? Imagine what will happen to India without Dhoni in Oz or the most important world cup. Ppl were criticizing Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Zaheer, and Harbhajan also before. Now we are missing them. Same for Dhoni, Kohli, Pujara, and Rahane. Please give them more time. Let's get behind our team please.

  • Temuzin on August 15, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    @ Inet Surfur: Totally agree with you. Team needs to back his captain up but they have been found out. MS cant do miracle ev eryday.

  • on August 15, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    People need to stop criticizing Dhoni for once and see that it is the star studded batting line have has failed through out this series to have India in al sorts of shambles through out the series... Everyone one knew from the start that Dhoni was not some one who was technically correct as a batsmen but people still loved him for what he bring to the game.. Name one great player who has ever played this game to have a cooler temperament than Dhoni. India Have never had the bowling unit they would really like to have and have there for always relied on their batsmen which is fair.... and every batsmen can go through a rough patch at some time in his career .. but it is more hurting when the two main batsmen India was banking on Kholi and Pujara are having a lean patch at the same time. they both are a class act and will bounce out from it but unfortunately India would have lost the series till then and Dhoni will be blamed for every thing... which is pretty sad ...SUPPORT DHONI!!!!!

  • crindo77 on August 15, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Yes he very good, and he's the boy thats tood on the burning deck as the ship went down, but hey, isn't it time India stopped playing Tests abroad?

  • TaleEnder on August 15, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    These are really great numbers in favor of Dhoni.. I feel he would be really pleased with this "Process". And of course, who cares about the result..? I don't..

  • on August 15, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    In cricket or may be any international sport,the equation, "Performance=Capability(talent)+temperament" holds true. For all the so called regular batsmen in the Indian batting line up (excluding MS), on an average each of them would score somewhere around 60+0=60 on performance. If we take MS's case, his equation would yield, performance= 40+40= 80 overall. It's the temperament that matters in International cricket and I am afraid our top order batsmen lack that and falter. MS, even with the weirdest of techniques to be counted even close to a regular test batsman performs relatively better! We always curse our bowlers, but my observation says whenever our batsmen have delivered, our bowlers have seldom let us down. This test match, India is staring down the barrel and with just 150 runs on the board, let's not expect our bowlers to do something miracle. It's simply not possible unless we have some decent runs on the board to defend.

  • on August 15, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    He does his best in this series and still his bowlers will not give him the support. Indian fans will blame that MSD couldnt make a double hundred and take India to 300.

    All the so called greats like Kohli, Pujara, Dhawan, (useless) Gambhir, Rohit wil be spared. Our bowling is utter rubbish. Inexperienced or not, if a bowler can put a ball on the right areas consistently, they are not fit to play for country.

    Everyone wants a Dhoni miracle, why can the team do a miracle for their captain atleast once?

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  • on August 15, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    He does his best in this series and still his bowlers will not give him the support. Indian fans will blame that MSD couldnt make a double hundred and take India to 300.

    All the so called greats like Kohli, Pujara, Dhawan, (useless) Gambhir, Rohit wil be spared. Our bowling is utter rubbish. Inexperienced or not, if a bowler can put a ball on the right areas consistently, they are not fit to play for country.

    Everyone wants a Dhoni miracle, why can the team do a miracle for their captain atleast once?

  • on August 15, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    In cricket or may be any international sport,the equation, "Performance=Capability(talent)+temperament" holds true. For all the so called regular batsmen in the Indian batting line up (excluding MS), on an average each of them would score somewhere around 60+0=60 on performance. If we take MS's case, his equation would yield, performance= 40+40= 80 overall. It's the temperament that matters in International cricket and I am afraid our top order batsmen lack that and falter. MS, even with the weirdest of techniques to be counted even close to a regular test batsman performs relatively better! We always curse our bowlers, but my observation says whenever our batsmen have delivered, our bowlers have seldom let us down. This test match, India is staring down the barrel and with just 150 runs on the board, let's not expect our bowlers to do something miracle. It's simply not possible unless we have some decent runs on the board to defend.

  • TaleEnder on August 15, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    These are really great numbers in favor of Dhoni.. I feel he would be really pleased with this "Process". And of course, who cares about the result..? I don't..

  • crindo77 on August 15, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Yes he very good, and he's the boy thats tood on the burning deck as the ship went down, but hey, isn't it time India stopped playing Tests abroad?

  • on August 15, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    People need to stop criticizing Dhoni for once and see that it is the star studded batting line have has failed through out this series to have India in al sorts of shambles through out the series... Everyone one knew from the start that Dhoni was not some one who was technically correct as a batsmen but people still loved him for what he bring to the game.. Name one great player who has ever played this game to have a cooler temperament than Dhoni. India Have never had the bowling unit they would really like to have and have there for always relied on their batsmen which is fair.... and every batsmen can go through a rough patch at some time in his career .. but it is more hurting when the two main batsmen India was banking on Kholi and Pujara are having a lean patch at the same time. they both are a class act and will bounce out from it but unfortunately India would have lost the series till then and Dhoni will be blamed for every thing... which is pretty sad ...SUPPORT DHONI!!!!!

  • Temuzin on August 15, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    @ Inet Surfur: Totally agree with you. Team needs to back his captain up but they have been found out. MS cant do miracle ev eryday.

  • thozar on August 16, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Despite India's poor performance, it is heartening to see Dhoni's battling innings. He has been unfairly criticized for "poor technique", "poor captaincy", etc. But, it is not because of his so-called poor technique or captaincy that India lost the last 2 tests. He has fought a lone battle in the last few tests with due respect to Ashwin's two battling innings in the Old Trafford test. The top order batsmen will do well to emulate his strong character at least in the 2nd innings of this test. There is no substitute to character of which Dhoni has shown plenty. It is sad to see so many Indian fans also criticizing Dhoni. Every team wins and loses. Why target only Dhoni? Imagine what will happen to India without Dhoni in Oz or the most important world cup. Ppl were criticizing Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Zaheer, and Harbhajan also before. Now we are missing them. Same for Dhoni, Kohli, Pujara, and Rahane. Please give them more time. Let's get behind our team please.

  • Cric-Aus-SL on August 16, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    If we see which haven't changed for India over this oversees lean patch lasting more than three years are their performance and results. AND there are another two too, Yes, the coach DUNKAN FLETCHER and their captain MSD.

  • on August 16, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    Indian cricket team performance especially their batsman is nothing but pea tic and their so called top class batsman's are nothing but flat pitch bullies limitations are exposed this made average team like England team calling for shots ( except two world class bowlers).Finally two world class bowlers made the difference .The Indian batsman's wilt like nine pins .

  • raviscreen on August 16, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Let us forget all other factors - let us concentrate on Dhoni's batting skills. He has made 2 or 3 useful contributions based on two major reasons 1) He is not tentative when he plays his strokes 2) He is unconventional where he does not commit on front foot or back foot..just looks at the ball and hits...this is useful because most of the pure batsmen are play the strokes according to the tuitorial - a bit like the classical dance - where the steps are tuned according to the length of the delivery. If you were to add a bit of movement in the length, then, they don't know what to do. The same applies to classical dance...so much attuned to the dance master's Tala or Rhythim, the steps are played out. If the "Tala" varies a bit, they get confused. So, that is why Dhoni is able to make some runs. His technique (or no technique) is not attuned to the "Tala".