India vs England 4th ODI statistics: Here’s why Ajinkya Rahane should open for India

In absence of regular opener Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane is making most of the top spot.

By: Press Trust of India | Published: September 3, 2014 11:57:43 am
In his two outings at the top of the order in this series, Ajinkya Rahane has looked all at ease (Source: AP) In his two outings at the top of the order in this series, Ajinkya Rahane has looked all at ease (Source: AP)

Statistical highlights of the fourth ODI between India and England.

# Ajinkya Rahane (106 off 100 balls) posted his first century in ODIs, surpassing the 91 off 104 balls vs England at Mohali on October 20, 2011.

# While batting at number one position, Rahane is averaging exactly 50.00 in six innings – his tally being 300, including a hundred and a fifty. As number two batsman, he is averaging 23.62 in 16 innings (aggregate 378 with just three fifties).

# Rahane received his third Man of the Match award in ODIs – his second against England.

# India have won eight ODIs in England in succession between June 6, 2013 and September 2, 2014 – their best tally in any country away from home in ODIs.

# A team winning the Test series has lost the ODI series in seven successive English summers.

# The Birmingham victory is India’s 50th against England in ODIs (lost 35, tied two and no-result 3 out of 90 played) – success rate 58.62 per cent.

# India have won three ODIs out of four played vs England at Birmingham – winning rate 75.00 per cent – their best success percentage at this venue is their best in ODIs in England (minimum two games).

# With three wins in a row in the present rubber, India have taken an unbeatable lead of 3-0, posting their first series victory against England in England after 24 years.

# India’s brilliant victory with 117 balls remaining is their largest in terms of balls to spare against England in England in ODIs.

# Mahendra Singh Dhoni, with the aforesaid victory, has set an Indian record for most wins (91) in ODIs, eclipsing Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 90 wins.

# India have won three successive bilateral series against England in ODIs – by 5-0 in 2011-12 in India; by 3-2 in 2012-13 in India and by 3-0 in 2014 in the present series. India had won both their matches in the Texaco Trophy against England – by six wickets at Headingley and by five wickets at Nottingham.

# With their nine-wicket triumph, India have equalled their largest victory in terms of wickets against England in ODIs. They had won by a similar margin at The Oval on May 24, 1986. These two defeats are England’s only ones by nine wickets to any country in ODIs in England.

# Mohammed Shami (3/28) recorded his best bowling figures vs England in ODIs, bettering the two for 32 at Cardiff on August 27, 2014.

# Shami, with 26 wickets at 24.84 in twelve matches, is the top wicket-taker for India in ODIs in 2014.

# Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s excellent figures of two for 14 are his best in eight matches in ODIs in England, bettering the two for 19 vs Pakistan at Birmingham on June 15, 2013.

# Moeen Ali’s splendid 67 off 50 balls is his career-best score in ODIs, his second half-century. He had scored 55 vs West Indies at North Sound on March 5, 2014. Ali’s fantastic strike rate of 134.00 is the highest by England’s number seven player against India in ODIs.

# Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan were involved in a partnership of 183 – India’s highest opening stand in the present tour in Tests and ODIs.

# The partnership is their first stand of 50 or more for the opening wicket in the present tour.

# The 183-run partnership is India’s fourth highest outside the subcontinent for the opening wicket.

# Shikhar Dhawan’s superb unbeaten 97 off 81 balls is his first fifty vs England – his eighth in ODIs.

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