This Republic day marked the start of the Ranji Trophy final of 2012-13 season. Mumbai playing in their 44th Ranji final won the Ranji Trophy for mind boggling 40th time against the first time finalist Saurashtra (in the 71 years of their Ranji history). And they won it not because the other teams were weak but because they are the best when it comes to domestic circuit.
Dhoni wanted rest before the 4-Test series against Australia and hence opted out of Irani Trophy. Being a captain, he selects himself so he’ll be most probably playing the series but does he really deserve the place on merit? He is having a tough time as a captain, as if overseas losses were not enough, he lost at home too.
Dhoni’s records in tests have been below average. He has played 73 tests, scored 3883 runs at an average of 38.06 with 5 100s. In the 36 tests at home, he has scored 2008 runs at an average of 43.65 with 4 100s, which is good, considering the fact that he comes to bat at no. 7. But his average goes down to 33.48 in 37 overseas tests with only one century.
After the 2011 World Cup victory, Dhoni has played 19 tests. In the 33 innings he played, he has scored 958 runs at a nominal average of 33.03 that too supported by some good runs at home against West Indies and New Zealand. In the 9 tests at home his average shoots up to 44.91 with 1 century and 4 50s but the average plunges to just 24.64 in the 10 overseas tests. The worst being West Indies where he scored just 74 runs at a low of 19.40, he did a bit better in Australia, where in 6 innings he scored only 102 runs at 20.40. Continue reading Extra Advantages of being a Captain
Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are by far India’s best openers in terms of runs scored and average. In 87 innings as openers, they have scored 4412 runs at an average of 52.52 with 11 100-runs and 25 50-runs partnerships. Other than their individual records, (especially Sehwag), this is one of the reasons why they make it into the team despite dismal performance in last two years.
Since 2011 World cup, Sehwag and Gambhir have opened in 24 innings and have scored 861 runs at an average of 35.87 with just one 100-run and 6 50-runs partnerships, way below their career record (52.52). Their individual form hasn’t been great either. In 15 tests since India won the world cup, Sehwag has scored 865 runs at an average of 32.03 with 1 century and 5 50s. The only century came in last year against England at Ahmedabad. Gambhir hasn’t been inspiring enough, in last 16 tests, he has scored 787 runs at an average of 28.10 and 5 50s. It’s been more than 3 years since Gambhir scored a century, last being 116 against Bangladesh at Chittagong in Jan 2010.