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 © 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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  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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!

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