Dhoni's away record takes a beating
MS Dhoni has had his captaincy record in away Tests ruined by India's seven consecutive defeats in England and Australia. In July 2011, after the tour of West Indies and before the Pataudi Trophy, India had played 12 Tests away from home under Dhoni's leadership, of which they won five and lost only two. That record is now played 19, won five and lost nine. At home, however, Dhoni has led India in 18 Tests, with 12 wins and only one defeat to South Africa.
Dhoni's stuck with his overseas record for a while because he's been banned from the Adelaide Test for a repeat over-rate offence, and India don't have another tour for about two years. This week's column is about captains with the largest differences between win percentages in home and away Tests. We've excluded draws from our calculations.
Two other Indian captains had reasonable results at home but miserable ones while on tour. Mohammad Azharuddin's India won 13 out of 20 home Tests but only one out of 27 away games. The solitary victory was at the SSC in Colombo in 1993, when India beat Sri Lanka by 235 runs. Sachin Tendulkar's India didn't even manage that. He was captain in 13 away Tests, of which India lost six and drew seven. Of 12 home games under Tendulkar, India won four and lost three.
In 1984, Australia under Kim Hughes were beaten in three consecutive Tests in the Caribbean to lose the series 0-3 to West Indies. Those results significantly worsened Hughes' away record as captain. Australia had won one and lost 11 out of 20 away Tests with him as leader. Their next assignment was a home series against West Indies and, under Hughes, they lost the first two Tests at the WACA and the Gabba. The results were Hughes' first defeats at home (captained in eight, won three, lost two) but the strain of five consecutive losses to West Indies claimed its victim. Hughes resigned the captaincy in tears in Brisbane and only played two more Tests for Australia.
|M Azharuddin (India)||1990-1999||47||20||13||4||0||3||76.47||27||1||10||0||16||9.09||67.38|
|AH Kardar (Pak)||1952-1958||23||9||3||0||0||6||100.00||14||3||6||0||5||33.33||66.67|
|RGD Willis (Eng)||1982-1984||18||9||6||1||0||2||85.71||9||1||4||0||4||20.00||65.71|
|CA Walsh (WI)||1994-1997||22||9||2||0||0||7||100.00||13||4||7||0||2||36.36||63.64|
|SR Tendulkar (India)||1996-2000||25||12||4||3||0||5||57.14||13||0||6||0||7||0.00||57.14|
|MS Dhoni (India)||2008-2012||37||18||12||1||0||5||92.30||19||5||9||0||5||35.71||56.59|
|GP Howarth (NZ)||1980-1985||30||17||8||1||0||8||88.88||13||3||6||0||4||33.33||55.56|
|SM Pollock (SA)||2000-2003||26||13||10||0||0||3||100.00||13||4||5||0||4||44.44||55.56|
|Wasim Akram (Pak)||1993-1999||25||8||5||0||0||3||100.00||17||7||8||0||2||46.66||53.33|
|SM Gavaskar (India)||1976-1985||47||29||7||2||0||20||77.77||18||2||6||0||10||25.00||52.78|
|KJ Hughes (Aus)||1979-1984||28||8||3||2||0||3||60.00||20||1||11||0||8||8.33||51.67|
|Javed Miandad (Pak)||1980-1993||34||22||10||1||0||11||90.90||12||4||5||0||3||44.44||46.46|
|WR Hammond (Eng)||1938-1947||20||10||3||1||0||6||75.00||10||1||2||0||7||33.33||41.67|
|BC Lara (WI)||1997-2006||47||27||9||10||0||8||47.36||20||1||16||0||3||5.88||41.49|
|PBH May (Eng)||1955-1961||41||26||16||4||0||6||80.00||15||4||6||0||5||40.00||40.00|
|JM Brearley (Eng)||1977-1981||31||19||12||0||0||7||100.00||12||6||4||0||2||60.00||40.00|
|Imran Khan (Pak)||1982-1992||48||22||9||2||0||11||81.81||26||5||6||0||15||45.45||36.36|
|RB Simpson (Aus)||1964-1978||39||15||7||3||0||5||70.00||24||5||9||0||10||35.71||34.29|
|A Ranatunga (SL)||1989-1999||56||27||8||6||0||13||57.14||29||4||13||0||12||23.52||33.61|
|LRD Mendis (SL)||1982-1987||19||11||2||4||0||5||33.33||8||0||4||0||4||0.00||33.33|
In one-day internationals, England under Mike Atherton's captaincy had a dichotomous record between home and away results. They won 12 out of 15 home matches, and reverses against West Indies and Pakistan in Nottingham in 1995 and 1996 were the only defeats. Away from home, however, Atherton's England lost 19 and won only eight out of 28 ODIs. It included a disastrous 1996 World Cup campaign, during which England won only two of six matches, with those wins coming against minnows UAE and Netherlands.
Sri Lanka under Sanath Jayasuriya were a formidable one-day side at home, and won more than they lost in away ODIs as well. At home, they won 24 and lost only six out of 32 matches during Jayasuriya's tenure between 1998 and 2003. Away from Sri Lanka during that period, they won 42 and lost 41 out of 86 ODIs. Under Mahela Jayawardene between 2004 and 2009, however, Sri Lanka won a greater percentage of away matches than they did home games. Out of 26 ODIs at home, Sri Lanka won 12 and lost 13. They played 68 matches away from home under Jayawardene, out of which they won 42 and lost 22.
|MA Atherton (Eng)||1994-1997||43||15||12||2||0||1||85.71||28||8||19||1||0||30.35||55.36|
|LRD Mendis (SL)||1982-1987||61||19||7||8||0||4||46.66||42||4||38||0||0||9.52||37.14|
|Mohammad Ashraful (Ban)||2007-2009||38||17||7||10||0||0||41.17||21||1||20||0||0||4.76||36.41|
|MS Atapattu (SL)||2001-2006||63||27||20||6||0||1||76.92||36||15||21||0||0||41.66||35.26|
|A Ranatunga (SL)||1988-1999||193||48||32||11||0||5||74.41||145||57||84||1||3||40.49||33.93|
|GP Howarth (NZ)||1980-1985||60||18||13||4||0||1||76.47||42||18||22||0||2||45.00||31.47|
|HH Streak (Zim)||2000-2004||68||24||11||12||0||1||47.82||44||7||35||0||2||16.66||31.16|
|ST Jayasuriya (SL)||1998-2003||118||32||24||6||0||2||80.00||86||42||41||2||1||50.58||29.41|
|SO Tikolo (Kenya)||2001-2011||73||32||17||15||0||0||53.12||41||10||29||0||2||25.64||27.48|
|SR Tendulkar (India)||1996-2000||73||18||9||8||0||1||52.94||55||14||35||1||5||29.00||23.94|
|M Azharuddin (India)||1990-1999||174||58||40||17||1||0||69.82||116||50||59||1||6||45.90||23.92|
|MD Crowe (NZ)||1990-1993||44||28||16||12||0||0||57.14||16||5||10||0||1||33.33||23.81|
|Habibul Bashar (Ban)||2004-2007||69||29||16||13||0||0||55.17||40||13||27||0||0||32.50||22.67|
|CA Walsh (WI)||1994-1997||43||15||10||5||0||0||66.66||28||12||15||0||1||44.44||22.22|
|KC Sangakkara (SL)||2009-2011||45||27||18||6||0||3||75.00||18||9||8||0||1||52.94||22.06|
|KC Wessels (SA)||1992-1994||52||21||11||10||0||0||52.38||31||9||20||0||2||31.03||21.35|
|KR Rutherford (NZ)||1993-1995||37||19||7||11||1||0||39.47||18||3||13||0||2||18.75||20.72|
|GC Smith (SA)||2003-2011||149||63||44||14||1||4||75.42||86||48||37||0||1||56.47||18.95|
|IVA Richards (WI)||1980-1991||105||26||19||5||0||2||79.16||79||48||31||0||0||60.75||18.41|
|Wasim Akram (Pak)||1993-2000||109||17||13||4||0||0||76.47||92||53||37||2||0||58.69||17.77|
Travis Basevi is a cricket statistician and UK Senior Programmer for ESPNcricinfo and other ESPN sports websites. George Binoy is an Assistant Editor at ESPNcricinfo