India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai

Dhoni's aggression swings balance

Stats highlights from the third day's play of the first Test in Chennai

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

February 24, 2013

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After Australia started the day well, MS Dhoni's brilliant counterattacking double-century helped India seize the initiative. Here are highlights from the third day's play which saw the hosts end firmly in control.


MS Dhoni played his share of cheeky shots on his way to 200, India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai, 3rd day, February 24, 2013
MS Dhoni is just 27 runs short of the record for the highest score by a wicketkeeper © BCCI
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  • MS Dhoni's 206 is his sixth Test century and highest score surpassing his previous best of 148 against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006. It is also his first century against Australia. Dhoni's knock is also the highest individual score by an Indian wicketkeeper surpassing Budhi Kunderan's 192 against England in 1964 (also scored in Chennai). Four of the top six individual scores by Indian wicketkeepers have been made by Dhoni. The 206 is also the second-highest score by a wicketkeeper in Tests against Australia (highest for India). The highest is 210 by Taslim Arif in 1980. Dhoni is only 27 runs short of going past Andy Flower's record for the highest score by a wicketkeeper (232).
  • Dhoni's 206 is now joint-fifth on the list of highest individual scores by Indian batsmen against Australia. The highest is VVS Laxman's 281 in Kolkata in 2001. India have now scored seven double-centuries against Australia in Tests since 2000. England are a distant second, with three double-hundreds.
  • Dhoni scored 106 of his 206 runs against spinners, His scoring rate against the spinners was 6.23 (106 off 102 balls). He was most severe against Nathan Lyon, scoring 91 off just 73 balls at a scoring rate of 7.47. Against the pace bowlers, he scored 100 runs off 141 balls (run-rate 4.25). Dhoni scored 101 runs on the off-side (32 runs behind square) with 12 fours and two sixes. On the leg-side, Dhoni scored just 31 runs behind square but hit 74 runs in front of square including seven fours and three sixes. Off Nathan Lyon, who proved the most expensive, Dhoni scored 57 runs on the leg-side and 34 on the off-side.
  • The 206 is also the highest score by an Indian captain against Australia surpassing Mohammad Azharuddin's 163 in Kolkata in 1998. Among Indian captains with 2000-plus runs, Dhoni has the third-highest average (45.20) behind those of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar. Dhoni also became the seventh wicketkeeper to go past the 4000-run mark in Tests. His average is the third-highest in the group behind those of Andy Flower and Adam Gilchrist.
  • Dhoni's strike rate of 84.77 is the fourth-highest for an Indian batsman against Australia (100-plus scores). The highest is K Srikkanth's strike rate of 99.14 in Sydney in 1986. His strike rate is the fifth-highest for an Indian batsman for a 200-plus score. Virender Sehwag holds the top four spots on this list. The number of sixes hit by Dhoni (5) is joint-second on the list of most sixes hit by an Indian batsman in an innings against Australia. The highest is six sixes by Ravi Shastri in Mumbai in 1986.
  • The 109-run stand between Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the eighth ninth-wicket century stand for India and their first against Australia. It is also the first century ninth-wicket stand for India since the 143-run stand between Sunil Gavaskar and Syed Kirmani against West Indies in 1983. The partnership is also the eighth century stand for the ninth wicket in Tests against Australia and the first since the 180-run stand between JP Duminy and Dale Steyn in Melbourne in 2008.
  • Virat Kohli's century is his fourth in Tests and second against Australia. He has now scored 998 runs at an average of 41.58.
  • The 128-run stand between Dhoni and Kohli is the fourth-highest fifth-wicket stand in Tests played in Chennai. The highest is the 169-run partnership between Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar against Australia in 2001. For the fifth time overall and the first time against Australia, an Indian innings featured four partnerships in excess of 90.
  • Lyon conceded 182 runs off his 40 overs (economy rate 4.55) while picking up three wickets. The economy rate is the second-highest for an Australia bowler in Tests since 1990 (min 40 overs in an innings). Jason Krejza has the highest economy rate (4.90) during his bowling performance of 8 for 215 against India in Nagpur in 2008.
  • India's total of 515 is their 13th 500-plus score against Australia (second in Chennai). On the previous occasion they scored 500 against Australia in Chennai (2001), India won by two wickets. No team has lost after gaining a 100-plus lead in Tests in Chennai, Click here.for a list of defeats (after gaining the lead) for teams at the venue batting second and here for a list when teams have lost (after gaining the lead) batting first.

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

It is not acceptable when you say that MS has hi batting average in ODIs because he comes at no 6 or 7 and stays not out most of the times.Hardly he gets 5 or 6 overs to bat and he scores some really quick runs. those batting up the order get to play nearly 30 to 40 overs on most of the occasions. If they cant score runs and maintain their avg, blame them and not MS for the position he bats at.!!!

Posted by mohan24111973 on (February 25, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

@ Shahid Ali Leghari andy Flower made 232* against india thats why saangakkara's record not included

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (February 25, 2013, 1:51 GMT)

Chepauk Stadium is where Dhoni, Ashwin played for years for CSK. They have mastered this ground.Put them in a dust bowl like Galle and i am sure they sure they will struggle. AUstralia looks hapless, wonder what will be the looks on ian healy,richie bernaud and mark taylor's face who were hyping up this AUssie team and M Starc. But still Adam Gilchrist is a better Batsmen keeper(Avg of 45) and Prasanna Jayawardene (even a biased ian healy's praise) a better Keeper Batsmen than Dhoni. Even T Dilshan,V Sehwag,K Williamson,M Clarke can bowl better than Lyon.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 25, 2013, 0:58 GMT)

More thzn the stats, this inning of Dhoni was significant due to demoralizing effect on opposing players. If only you remember body language of starc when he tried in vain to stop a boundary of Pattinson. The hapless expression on his face and the body language of other player who fetched the ball was priceless. Hail Dhoni.

Posted by vivek_us on (February 24, 2013, 22:34 GMT)

@baseball_sucks: Using Tennis as an analogy, would you say that only Wimbledon is true tennis because it is on grass and the Us Open or French open are not because they are on difference surfaces? Champions excel on all surfaces and that is what seperates the good from the great. So it is in cricket. You should relish the differences because it brings out the best. Quit being so ethnocentric.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 22:28 GMT)

To All u Aussie Fan's please do not cry or complain about the pitch or condition ,, this is called home advantage ,, remember u guys had it and u guys exploited our batting order as well ,, we Indians haven't forgotten the 0-4 that happened to us.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (February 24, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

@ Shahid Ali Leghari; Kumar Sangakkara scored 287 vs SA at SSC, Colombo in 2006 as a specialist batsman. In that Test match Prasanna Jayawardhana was the wicket keeper.

Posted by Andre2 on (February 24, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

MS Dhoni is not yet out ! And he can improve his score of 206 not out. This article is much too early ... Unless India declare at the start of the 4th which is very very unlikely !

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (February 24, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

@ krismanu; Yes you can't compare MSD and Sangakkara's averages in ODI matches. Sangakkara bats at #3 which has a high probability to get out before 50 overs completed. But MSD bats at #6 or 7 where there is high probability to be a not out batsmen at the end of the innings. Sangakkara 316 innings 33 not outs. MSD 196 innings 56 not outs. That's why MSD has a better average. Anyway MSD is one of the best ODI batsmen. Sanga is one of the best Test batsmen.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

among the wicketkeepers the highest score is of kumar sangakara against south africa i.e,287 runs.I don't understand why he is not included

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks - Why can't Australians Score that Double or Triple Hundreds in India? So do you mean that they are not good batsmen?

If Australia, SA, England, NZ prepares a Spinning Wicket, then India, SL and Pak will prepare Green Tops for them.

These things are part of game. If Aussies can't take wicket or runs it doesn't mean the pitch is bad where in the same pitch other team performs well

Posted by NikhilNair on (February 24, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks on (February 24, 2013, 17:20 GMT) - If it really was a flat track, then how come Aussies got bowled out for less than 400, while India has the opportunity to get close to 600?

And going by your argument - wouldn't it be unfair for Australians to have swinging pitches that sub-continent teams find difficult to bat on?

Bottom line - it is completely fair because India should play to their strengths at home, just like Australia and other teams play to their strengths when playing at home.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (February 24, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

If anybody tries to glorify this FLAT TRACK ton, shame on them. Knowing that Aussies are gonna come out with their pace attack, Dhoni has prepared a road in Chennai. Now world famous flat track bullies are making ton after ton. This is against the spirit of the game. Shame on Indian team n the management. Play fair Dhoni !!!!

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

sanga made double hundred not in the capacity of a wicket keeper... jayawardene was the keeper then..

Posted by xylo on (February 24, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

IF only you could express captaincy skills in numbers! If this test team were auctioned, except for players like Kohli, Pujara, Ojha and Dhoni, nobody would even attract a bid. That he leads such a team, and manages to deliver an occasional win cannot be expressed in numbers.

Posted by milanosandy on (February 24, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks, you don't know how it is to bat in the chennai hot, so keep shut...Dhoni scored his second hundred with a no.10 batsman...mind it! It is one of the great innings of recent. Scoring century in 112 balls in test is no small....Kudos to dhoni.....

Posted by divve_00759 on (February 24, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks Dhoni has better batting record as captain than likes of Ganguly and Dravid.. if u r blind Dhoni hater then i can't help u.. haters always gonna hate but MSD will always be remembered as one of the gr8s in Indian ckt

Posted by Nampally on (February 24, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Kunderam was the finest WK/batsman India had till Dhoni has outshone him. Budhi was a treat to watch when he got going & simply slaughtered the bowling opening the innings, like Sehwag at his best. But Dhoni did one better. He scored his double century mostly in the company of lower order batsmen after setting the scene in partnership with Kohli. His century partnership with Kumar for the ninth wkt. brought about his double century.He not only tamed the Lyon but tore him apart scoring 91 of his runs. Henriques was mauled so badly that he had to retreat after one over. Pattinson did not receive much respect either. Clarke learnt a huge lesson that Indian batsmen can tame his pace & spin attack even with a poor start. Dhoni also showed how dominant he can be if he tries to. India needs more innings of this type from Dhoni in Test Cricket - not just in ODI's.With a 1-11 Test record, this "Messiah-like innings" by Dhoni has raised India's hopes for future victories by a huge forward step!

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Dhoni is a godsend & it's the indifferent form of likes of Zaheer, Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir & Harbhajan that has led to the test team's downfall. He cannot be blamed on any count, he's one of the best wk-batsmen & best captain of all time

Posted by AvidCricFan on (February 24, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

This is probably a knock of this life. It is India's game at this point. Hope his form carries on to SA in the next series. The conditions will be different but familiar for India like what they faced in England and Australia. In Chennai, the ball would hardly get above waist height for pacers.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (February 24, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

Dhoni will stay in test team and probably now captain.

Posted by MrAdishaan on (February 24, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

This is first double hundred by wicketkeeper captain.

Posted by MrAdishaan on (February 24, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

Dhoni become first wicketkeeper captain to score double hundred.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

Dhoni has found his form now, I noticed he kooks to play his natural game like he does in odi, in test now, instead of coming out snd trying to play a lot of defensive strokes. He came and right away looked for singles, and then setteled in to play the big shots.

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