Captain Dhoni sets records amid India's dismal batting show

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Published: Friday, August 15, 2014, 23:13 [IST]
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London, Aug 15: Indian captain MS Dhoni set records during the first day of the fifth Test against England at The Oval here Friday. It was a forgettable day for the team but Dhoni's knock was the lone bright spot.

Scorecard; Day 1 Report

Dhoni waged a lone battle as Indian batsmen faltered once more against the hosts' pacemen. The 33-year-old skipper's gutsy 82 (140 balls, 15x4, 1x6) was more than the rest of his 10 team-mates' scores put together. He had walked out to the crease to bat when India were reeling at 28/4 in 16 overs.

Captain Dhoni sets records at The Oval

On his way to 82 on Friday, Dhoni became the first Indian captain to score more than half of his team's runs in a completed Test innings. Dhoni scored 55.4 per cent of the team's total (148). With Dhoni hitting 82, the rest of the 10 batsmen could contribute only 59 while 7 came from extras.

He is, however, the first wicketkeeper-captain in Test history to contribute 55.4% of team's total, according to statisticians.

In another pathetic batting display, India were bundled out for just 148 in 61.1 overs. This was after scores of 152 and 161 in the loss (innings and 54 runs)) at Old Trafford in the previous Test.

Today's half century was Dhoni's 33rd in Tests. He had a 58-run 10th wicket partnership with Ishant Sharma (7 not out) to help India achieve some respectability.

Also today, Dhoni set a record for India by becoming the most-capped skipper against England. He was leading the country for the 15th time against England, surpassing Sunil Gavaskar's captaincy record of 14 Tests.

Dhoni also equalled Sourav Ganguly's record of captaining India in 28 away Test matches, today. The wicketkeeper-batsman overtook Mohammed Azharuddin's mark of leading in 27 away Tests.

It was Dhoni's day but not India's.


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