England v India, 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge

Dhoni draws level with Azharuddin

A stats analysis of the third ODI between India and England at Trent Bridge

Bishen Jeswant

August 30, 2014

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MS Dhoni is fourth on the list of keepers with most stumpings in Test cricket, second in ODI cricket and fifth in T20Is, but holds the sole record for the most stumpings across formats © Getty Images

0 Number of times that England have beaten India after batting first and being bowled out for a score of 230 or less. England have suffered this fate on nine occasions. India have been in this situation 10 times against England, but have managed to win twice. In all, when bowling first, India have bowled out their opposition for 230 or less on 85 occasions, and have won 80 of those matches.

90 Number of ODIs that India have won under MS Dhoni's captaincy, equalling Mohammad Azharuddin's record for most wins by an Indian captain. However, Azharuddin needed 174 ODIs to get to this mark, while Dhoni needed 161. The overall record for the most ODI wins as captain is held by Ricky Ponting who led Australia to victory in 165 matches. Allan Border (107 wins) is the only other captain with more than 100 ODI victories.

13 Number of English players to score 3000 ODI runs. Alastair Cook joined that list when he hit a boundary to go from 13 to 17, during his innings of 44 today. In all, 130 players have achieved this milestone in ODIs.

9 Number of 50-plus partnership scored by England's openers this year. They are a long way ahead of Sri Lanka's openers, who are second on the list with five partnerships of 50 or more. However, England's openers have not yet put up a century stand, as opposed to the South Africa openers, who have had three 100+ partnerships this year.

131 Number of stumpings Dhoni has effected across Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He started the day on 129 - joint highest with Kumar Sangakkara - but now holds the sole record. However, Dhoni does not have the record for most stumpings in a specific format.

16 Number of times that Ian Bell has been run-out in ODI cricket, the most for an English batsman. The earlier record of 15 run-outs was jointly held by Bell, Paul Collingwood and Allan Lamb. Marvan Atapattu, who has been run-out 41 times in his career, heads the overall list. Rahul Dravid and Inzamam-ul-Haq have been run-out 40 times each in ODIs.

28 England's average in the last two years against spin in ODI cricket. In the same period, Australia have averaged 43 and India 38. The only top-10 team with an average poorer than England's is Zimbabwe, with 25.

5 Number of times in ODI cricket that both English openers have been dismissed in the forties. Cook was dismissed for 44 today, while his partner Alex Hales made 42. Three of the previous four instances of both English openers scoring forties were against Australia. Across countries, this has happened 34 times in all.

46 Strike rate of India's opening bowlers in England. This is their worst in any country where India have played at least five ODIs. In today's match, India's opening bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma, bowled 66 balls and conceded 62 runs for only one wicket.

15 Shikhar Dhawan's batting average in ODIs outside the subcontinent starting with India's tour to South Africa in December 2013. He has scored 120 runs in eight innings since then, with no fifties. In the same circumstances, Virat Kohli has scored 362 runs, at an average of 40, including two fifties and a hundred.

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Posted by TimeKiller on (September 2, 2014, 21:58 GMT)

It is obvious that the ball used in the match is making all the difference. It is strange that none of the experts are pointing it out. Red ball used in England test matches, swings lot more than the white ball used in the ODI. Indian batsmen are not used to this red duke ball, English batsmen are brought up playing with this ball. So the English batsmen have the skill to counter the swinging red duke ball and the Indian batsmen don't, because they grew up playing with the SG ball in First Class Cricket. The nature of the cricket ball varies with its manufacturer. White Kookaburra balls are used in One Day Internationals and T20Is, while red Kookaburras are used in Tests played in most of the 10 Test-playing nations, the exceptions being the West Indies and England teams, who use Dukes, and India, who use SG balls. Since the white ball does not swing, Indian Batsmen find it very easy to play with it in the ODI games.

Posted by RAAJ101 on (September 2, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

You cannot compare Dhoni with Azhar but you can compare Sachin with Azhar cause Sachin was captain during Azhar time.

Posted by doctorofdeath on (September 2, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

Dhoni is undoubtedly the best captain India's ever had. If anything Ganguly can be compared with Dhoni but not Azhar. Azhar had all the big names in his side and even then he failed to perform. He was not a good batsman also. He was sloppy and never could be trusted.

When Ganguly took over Indian cricket team was a mess with all the fixing allegations and he did a great job.

When Dhoni took over Indian seniors had retired and he had a totally new and young side to lead and he did a fabulous job. He performs with the bat as well and how. He is also a fluent wicketkeeper. At an average of nearing 54 he is a fluent ODI No.6 batsman. Unlike Azhar or Dada (in his out of form years towards the end) he can always be trusted to make a contribution with the bat. Whenever India is in trouble you can always believe there's still hope because Dhoni is still out there. Oh my god this can go on and on. Really, India is going to miss him when he's gone!

Posted by muzakkir on (September 1, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

@ Mani Inam- During Azhar's time posting a 220 or a 240 was a winning total... Grounds were not the same that they are now.. Teams hardly breached the 250 mark. Dhoni's times are different... Even a 450 target is chasable.... Gavaskar says this to date that he wasn't sure what he was suppose to do being a opener in ODI... Was it to score runs or to survive the 50 overs.....Not surprisingly he chose the later.. To drive a team with such players to actually start winning matches was outstanding in my view. Dhoni has got some of the best talent that india has got to make these numbers. Start using your brains... Dont compare batting averages of the 2.

Posted by muzakkir on (September 1, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

@Suraj Arukil - Azhar's team was playing against the likes of Imran,Wasim,Walsh,Sir Viv,Ambrose,Lara,Border,Gooch etc etc etc.... Even the so called Minnows Zimbabwe were mighty then with the likes of Flower brothers, Johnson, Streak and many others.. Azhar had players like Gavaskar,Shastri,Mongia,prabhakar,abhay Kuruvilla,atul badae apart from Sachin and Kapil... Most of the above players were hardly effective in ODI's.... I can still remember Ravi Shastri's 12 runs of 100 odd balls in a ODI... Srinath,Kumble,Saurav came in at the fag end of Azhar's career and they were still testing the waters of ODI cricket. Dhoni had some existing names in his team... Recognized players like Dravid,Sachin,Sehwag,Yuvraj,Zaheer,Harbajan,Kumble,Raina,Irfan,Ganguly to some extent. To sum it up... your observation doesn't really make much sense.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2014, 10:33 GMT)

azharuddin played with superstars like sachin tendulkar, rahul dravid, saurav ganguly in top order and kapil, kumble, srinath in bowling see the present team which you hardly find the players like that..

DHONI is better batsman than azhar and finisher too.... DHONI 8098 runs in 215 innings with average of 53 which contains 63 notouts. AZHAR 9378 runs in 308 innings with average of 36 which contains 54 notouts.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

Azhar had a side with Kapil Dev, Prabhakar, Srinath , Venky Prasad, Kumble and even harbhajan, at the top order he had Sidhu, Azhar, Shashtri, Tendulkar, Kambli, Saurav and Dravid later apart from Manjerekar(just watch Jai ho in Star Sports to know this), while Ganguly had Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, VVS Ganguly himself apart from Nehra, Zaheer, Srinath , Kumble and Harbhajan, so strong was Ganguly's team that in many matches where Ganguly was a sitting duck(Australian series in India) the team put up perforrmance that is unparalleled. Compare that to Dhoni who hardly has a geniune pacer or spinner, give Azhar or Saurav, bowlers like the one Dhoni has and a batting order that goes 8/4 in 5 overs and we should see who would be the best, I am sure if Dhoni has Zaheer and Nehra in team or even a fully fit RP or Sreesanth, he can change things, see what he did when he had Zaheer and Nehra in the world cup..even Ian Chappell would become defensive with the bowling attack India has

Posted by sam6e on (September 1, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

What about test victories ?? Does he comes close to Azhar in that record or even to draw a test...may be if we go other way around, Dhoni tops the list of captains under whom india lost test matches...Test cricket is a real test which tests the ability of a cricketer...be it a fast bowler or batsmen or spin bowler

Posted by addins on (August 31, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

Nobody uses brain when they compare captains of 2 different ages of cricket. When Azar was captain the rules and conditions were different. Now at Dhoni's time the rules are different. Now currently the whole cricket world is in the hands of India. If india says No to DRS then No DRS. If india tells take out that Chairman, then opposite team takes out the chairman. In these kind of money packed cricket of india everybody (cricketing officials) wants to keep india happy so that they can earn money. But Azar's time india won the matches only on their Performance.

Now just think and Judge! When the whole world is playing with DRS why not India, because they will not get some results in their favor.

Posted by Temuzin on (August 31, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Dhoni is the greatest captain India has produced. Give him one steyn and no one can beat India. Go MS.

Posted by adam787 on (August 31, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Azharuddin was definately the better captain and certainly the better batsman. Its important to note that Azhar captained a side with much less superstars and less talent and still lead India to many great victories.

Posted by yoohoo on (August 31, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

Dhoni is better captain than azhar anyday. Most of azhars wins were in india. He used to lose both tests and ODIs abroad. Dhoni atleast wins ODIs abroad.

And dhoni has definitely won more trophies for india, azhar lost both the world cups he was the captain of. His blunder in batting second at kolkata in 1996 is quite known, but the 1999 world cup where india got out in the super sixes itself without winning against any of the good teams was the worst.

Posted by Mr.Lock on (August 31, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

Dhoni is a great captain but definitely Azhar was better. Before Azhar India wanted to only win through batting or draw games (in tests), he is the one who showed them that they can win as well and brought the fighting spirit in them. Merely this fact tells you stats aren't always the best judge of performance or contribution!

Posted by   on (August 31, 2014, 10:38 GMT)

Shikhar Dhawan seriously needs to analyse his batting technique...he is not learning from his mistakes...I thnk team should now look at some other players ....there r many other options ..so why dhawan....

Posted by Johnny_129 on (August 31, 2014, 6:59 GMT)

To win the WC in Aus, India should start sending its players now to Aus for practice and acclimatization - Especially their spinners, Ashwin, Mishra, Jadeja and also a young surprise package. I suspect Jadeja will struggle as he is not a genuine spinner but with Mishra India will not lose much as far is batting is concerned while he can be a match-winner if his bowling comes right. Ashwin now leaves Dhoni with no choice BUT to pick him. If India win the next World Cup then Dhoni will be regarded the BEST ODI captain ever!!

Posted by   on (August 31, 2014, 5:57 GMT)

Dhoni even shouldn't be compared with great Azharuddin. This ODI victories will allow him to continue as test captain for ever.

Posted by Chn2 on (August 31, 2014, 4:05 GMT)

Dhoni is a great leader. He will definitely go past Allan Border's win record of 107.

Posted by luv_indo.cric on (August 31, 2014, 3:53 GMT)

shikar need to be replace with sanju.he is an opener too.then why this.sanju is an athletic fielder.and also a part time spinner.when there seaming condition dhoni can bowl while sanju keeps.and need a spiner part timer vice versa.sick with dhawan. or else jadeja should open to launch like jayasooriya inning.manan vohra is also better replacement bcoz accrding to my sight he is the junior viru

Posted by   on (August 31, 2014, 3:36 GMT)

indian team's problem with the openers is left open after shewag and gambir. Rohit sharma, dhawan, Vijay all given enough chances but no one is firm on the position.

Posted by RAVI1962 on (August 31, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

If it is true that India under MS is among the top 3 consistent sides in one day cricket; let it be. Under Dhoni, the one day team has achieved much more than even the great Kapil' s devils. It is time to move forward. Rahane, Kholi, Raina, Raydu, Dhoni, Jadeja and Ashwin form a strong and stable batting line up in all conditions. India just need to improve in the opening slot and seam bowlers. We have a large pool and Dhoni and BCCI would do well to prepare the rest of the line up in good shape by testing out the bench strength in Vijay, Sanju, Aron, Saha and a few other notable players from the domestic league. There are hopes significant enough for this team to do well to finish in the top four in WC 2015. The luck factor plays a critical role there after. This is where MS has been carrying a lot with his freakish but effective ideas. Good luck team..A 4-0 result here will do a long way in establishing a good team for the WC.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2014, 1:47 GMT)

By a stroke of luck, Rohit had to sit out through injury. What a huge difference it made to the Indian team. Now, Dhawan should break his legs or something. And, Murli Vijay should get the other opener's slot. With Vijay and Rahane opening, India at long last will have a decent opening pair. Sanju Samson should be considered for the number 3 slot. Finally, Aaron, D. Kulkarni or Umesh Yadav should replace Mohit Sharma.

Posted by Cricketlover_nepal on (August 31, 2014, 1:47 GMT)

Thats tell us How good is English ODI side. Why they couldnt won any ODI worldcup. poor ENGLAND!!!

Posted by wapuser on (August 31, 2014, 1:23 GMT)

Why not the selectors bring back Sewag in place of Dhawan? Literally his legs are stationary while facing the deliveries.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2014, 0:15 GMT)

Bring back Virender Sehwag for the opening in all three formats of the game, Shikhar Dhawan has failed again and again. Shikhar Dhawan got already a lot of chances and failed. Sehwag will be a great asset at the top of the order in the coming World Cup. Ravi Shastri knows well about Sehwag's talent. Sandeep Patil &co must give one last chance fot the most attacking opening batsman India has produced.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2014, 22:29 GMT)

bring back sehwag for dhawan... he s definitly better thn dhawan if he continues this way,,,, n sehwag fear factor will also be an added plus

Posted by DominantDhoni on (August 30, 2014, 22:02 GMT)

Hope Murali Vijay gets a chance to open the innings

Posted by rohanblue on (August 30, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

Shikhar dhawan is not batting, he is literally dancing on the crease since december 2013, He needs to be replaced........

Posted by vkumar_086 on (August 30, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

"when bowling first, India have bowled out their opposition for 230 or less on 85 occasions, and have won 80 of those matches"....this point only proves that India is the BEST chasing side in ODI's....Dhoni is the best ODI captain in the world right now...

Posted by   on (August 30, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

Shikhar Dhawan is completely out of sorts.He has become a liability for the team.Unable to understand why he is in the team.He shouldnt even be included in 30 players list.

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