Dhoni has scored the most runs by an Indian wicketkeeper in an overseas series © Getty Images
MS Dhoni has scored the most runs by an Indian wicketkeeper in an overseas series © Getty Images

MS Dhoni’s brave 82 against England at The Oval was an innings of character. It helped India gain some respectability from a situation where they were under serious threat of being bundled out under 100. Nishad Pai Vaidya looks at some interesting statistics surrounding Dhoni’s knock.

 

Indian captain MS Dhoni battled with the England attack on Day One of the fifth Test at The Oval. With wickets falling around him, he stood tall and essayed a fantastic knock. This innings was an example for his teammates for its mixture of caution and intent. Though he was watchful, he latched onto the opportunities to score and put a little bit of pressure on the England bowlers. This was Dhoni’s 12th half-century against England and he is yet to score a ton. His two highest scores against this opposition are 99 at Nagpur and 92 at The Oval in 2007.

Dhoni is now second on the list for  batsmen who have scored the most runs against England without hitting a century. Ashley Nourse leads the list. Here are the numbers:

 

Most runs against England without scoring a ton:

Player

M

R

Ave

100s

50s

HS

Ashley Nourse

31

1415

26.69

0

10

93*

MS Dhoni

21

1157

34.02

0

12

99

Bert Oldfield

38

1116

23.25

0

3

65*

Alec Bannerman

28

1108

23.08

0

8

94

Jock Cameron

19

971

33.48

0

9

90

Dhoni is also second on the list of most runs against England on their own turf without scoring a ton. Here are the numbers:

 

Most runs scored against England in England without a ton:

Player

M

R

Ave

100s

50s

HS

Monty Noble

20

848

26.50

0

8

89

MS Dhoni

12

778

38.90

0

8

92

Rodney Marsh

21

773

24.93

0

6

91

Doug Walters

18

745

25.68

0

6

88

Sherwin Campbell

11

724

38.10

0

7

93

 

Dhoni also now has the most runs in an overseas series as captain-wicketkeeper of a side. He stands way ahead with a total of 349 in the five Tests of the ongoing series against England.

 

Most runs scored in an overseas series by a captain-wicketkeeper:

Player

Year

Opposition

M

R

Ave

100s

50s

HS

MS Dhoni

2014

England

5

349

38.77

0

4

82

Tatenda Taibu

2005

Bangladesh

2

330

110

1

2

153

Mushfiqur Rahim

2013

Sri Lanka

2

247

82.33

1

0

200

MS Dhoni

2011

England

4

220

31.42

0

2

77

Andy Flower

2000

West Indies

2

194

64.66

1

1

113*

 

Dhoni also has the record of the most runs scored by an Indian wicketkeeper in an overseas series.

Most runs scored by an Indian wicketkeeper in an overseas series:

Player

Year

Opposition

M

R

Ave

100s

50s

HS

MS Dhoni

2014

England

5

349

38.77

0

4

82

Farokh Engineer

1968

New Zealand

4

321

40.12

0

2

63

Syed Kirmani

1977-78

Australia

5

305

33.88

0

2

55

MS Dhoni

2011

England

4

220

31.42

0

2

77

Farokh Engineer

1967-68

Australia

4

215

26.87

0

1

89

 

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(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)