The table below shows the distribution of the Tests played by India from 1st December 2013- 31st December 2014:

Opposition

Matches Played

South Africa

2

New Zealand

2

England

5

Australia

3

India had a dismal time in Tests from 1st December 2013- 31st December 2014. In total, the Men in Blue played 12 Tests, out of which, they lost 7, drew 5 and won a solitary Test against England at Lord’s. When the column of the number of losses comes into notice, it gets clear that the team failed to perform as a unit. But, there was one good thing that caught my eye. Some of the batters, who toured England, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia for the first time, showed real grit and patience. So, let’s get across to one of the most interesting stats that features the most balls played by Indian batsmen in the above mentioned 12 Tests:

1. Murali Vijay: (2275 Balls)

Vijay played the most number of balls for his team in these 12 Tests. The Tamil Nadu lad showed extreme patience against South Africa, Australia and in the first two Tests against England. In two Tests against South Africa, Vijay played 375 balls. In the first two Tests against England, he played a total of 794 balls. Huge number that is! And in the first three Tests against Australia, he hit a hundred and three fifties in just 709 balls. Now brisk that is!

In his five failures this year against New Zealand and in the last three Tests against England, Vijay played only 369 balls.

2. Virat Kohli: (1887 Balls)

India’s new Test captain was a revelation in South Africa, New Zealand and in the three Tests against Australia. Against all of them, Kohli hit five centuries in seven matches and faced a total of 1500 balls. But Kohli had a disastrous tour of England and in those five Tests, he didn’t even score a fifty and played only 288 balls.

3. Ajinkya Rahane: (1790 balls)

The most consistent Indian batsmen across these 12 Tests in respect to both runs and balls. Against South Africa, he faced 442 balls and hit two fifties. Against both New Zealand and England, Rahane scored two hundreds and two fifties and played 839 balls. In the three Tests against Australia too, he has a hundred and two fifties and was on the strike for 392 balls.

4. Cheteshwar Pujara: (1764 balls)

Pujara didn’t have a great year in respect to scoring runs, but on some tough occasions, he played a lot of balls and made it easy for Kohli and Rahane to score big. e.g. In the second Test against England at Lord’s, Pujara played 117 balls for his 28 on that green-deck and brought the stability to the innings which somewhat made it easy for Rahane to score a hundred. In the third test against Australia at Melbourne, Pujara faced 70 balls for his 21 runs and helped India draw the match.

5. MS Dhoni: (1166 Balls)

It’s good to see Dhoni’s name here but it’s even more surprising to see number seven Dhoni play more number of balls then the opener Shikhar Dhawan, who had a really bad year in Tests and played only 1018 balls.

Dhoni, who retired from Tests after the drawn third Test against Australia at Melbourne, had one of his best year in Tests. In England, he rescued his team quite a few times and played a total of 709 balls in five Tests. In the first Test against South Africa too, he was on strike for 116 balls which made it easy for the Ajinkya Rahane to adjust to the conditions and play comfortably with him and the tail. 

Dhoni missed one Test against Australia at Adelaide due to injury. 

Batsmen

Matches Played

Runs Scored

Balls Faced

Murali Vijay

12

1000

2275

Virat Kohli

12

1119

1887

Ajinkya Rahane

12

1018

1790

Cheteshwar Pujara

12

763

1764

MS Dhoni

11

621

1166

                                                            

Image Courtesy: deccanchronicle

 

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