103 and counting: MS Dhoni’s average in successful ODI chases soars
MS Dhoni took India home with 87* at the MCG. © AFP

His place in India’s batting order often under criticism with dwindling returns of the last two years, MS Dhoni was on Friday named Man of the Series for three consecutive half-centuries in a famous 2-1 ODI series win over Australia.

Chasing 231, India accomplished their target with four deliveries left in the game with Dhoni – dropped first ball by Glenn Maxwell at point – scoring an unbeaten 87 from 114 balls, this time from the No 4 spot. Australia found a big moment when Virat Kohli departed for 46, but that was the last success Australia found as Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav put on 121. (ALSO READ: I’m happy to bat at any number: MS Dhoni)

Scores of 55* and now 87* have taken Dhoni’s batting average in successful ODI chases to a phenomenal 103.07, the first Indian batsman to achieve such a number (minimum 25 innings). In 112 Indian ODI wins, Dhoni now has 2783 runs at 103.07 from 73 innings, at a strike-rate of 88.34 with two hundreds and 19 half-centuries. ALSO READ: Dhoni, Jadhav seal ODI series win after Chahal’s six)

HIGHEST BATTING AVERAGE IN SUCCESSFUL ODI CHASES (minimum 25 innings)

Player M I NO Runs HS Avg SR
MS Dhoni 112 72 46 2783 183* 103.07 88.34
V Kohli 81 78 28 4899 183 97.98 98.23
S Raina 78 55 27 1865 116* 66.60 101.74
R Sharma 76 73 22 3149 152* 61.74 87.52
D Karthik 37 29 17 715 64* 59.58 76.96

The next best is Kohli with a batting average of 97.98 from 81 successful ODI chases, in which he has batted 78 times. No other Indian batsman has an average higher than 66.60.