MS Dhoni is among the best ODI batsmen to have performed the sport – 10224 runs in 282 innings at a median of 50.11 and a strike fee of 87.60, together with 10 masses and 68 fifties – this can be a staggering report, making him a few of the maximum elite avid gamers to have ever featured within the layout.Believe his further roles as a wicketkeeper and captain and Dhoni qualifies as one of the crucial biggest all-rounders within the historical past of ODI cricket.
On the other hand, Dhoni – the batsman, as outstanding as he has been over a ravishing profession, is now not a patch at the participant he as soon as was once. And the decline has been particularly dramatic within the closing 12 months.
Since 2018, Dhoni has scored 326 runs in 14 innings at a paltry moderate of 27.16 and strike fee of 67.77. He has only one fifty on this time-period – his 51 in opposition to Australia on the SCG taking 96 deliveries and even supposing he helped in resurrecting the Indian innings, the overpowering view was once that he was once too sluggish, giving India no actual probability of successful the sport.
Dhoni now faces the twin issues of now not handiest now not scoring sufficient runs but additionally now not scoring them at a suitable run-rate.
Since his debut in December 2004 until the tip of 2017, Dhoni averaged 51.55 and scored his runs at a ravishing strike fee of 88.46. For all batsmen who scored no less than 3000 runs at a median of above 35, Dhoni’s strike fee puts him within the most sensible 15.
Those numbers have taken a dramatic hit because the starting of 2018. His moderate has fallen through 24.39 runs in keeping with dismissal and he’s putting 20.69 runs much less in keeping with hundred balls – it is a mighty fall.
2018 was once Dhoni’s worst 12 months (min. Eight innings in a 12 months) relating to moderate and strike fee, each. He averaged 25 which was once 2.80 runs in keeping with dismissal less than his earlier worst (2016). His strike fee at 71.42 was once additionally the bottom ever in his profession (earlier worst 78.94 in 2010).
Dhoni had made a outstanding comeback in 2017 after a deficient 2016 in ODI cricket. From a median of 27.80 and strike fee of 80.11 he leaped to a median of 60.61 and strike fee of 84.73. And this makes the autumn in 2018 even tougher to give an explanation for.
This turns into much more glaring after we analyze the manufactured from moderate and strike fee (and divide it through 100) in each calendar 12 months over Dhoni’s profession. This product was once the bottom – 17.86 – in 2018, the former worst being 2016 (22.27). When Dhoni was once at his top – in 2009, 2013 and 2012 – this product was once at 60.30, 60.26 and 57.39 – the drop in Dhoni’s batting prowess has been so drastic!
He scored a below-20 rating in 95 out of 268 innings until 2017, ie, a below-20 rating each 2.82 innings. He has 6 below-20 rankings in 14 innings since 2018 – i.e. a frequency of two.33.
Dhoni has been sluggish in getting off the mark – he has ate up, on a median 9.27 balls to attain his first 5 runs in 2018 – this is too sluggish given the truth that he batted from Quantity five and six in 10 of the 13 innings within the 12 months.
Every other staggering statistic which additional highlights his lack of ability to push the ante within the early a part of his innings – Dhoni ate up roughly 14.33 balls, on a median, to attain his first boundary in 2018 – obviously suggesting he’s approach beneath the norm and usual and insist of contemporary day ODI cricket.
Dhoni scored 2.65 barriers in keeping with innings, on a median, until the tip of 2017. He hit 0.81 sixes in keeping with fit on this timeframe. Examine this to what he has controlled submit 2018 – 22 barriers and simply three sixes in 14 innings – every other statistic which unearths that he does now not possess the similar hitting prowess he did prior to with the bat.
Dhoni’s Boundary Share at 32 % was once the bottom in 2018. His Dot Ball Share at 52.21 % was once the second-worst after 2016. However a mixture of the 2 parameters simply makes 2018 his worst 12 months. Which means nor is Dhoni scoring sufficient barriers neither is he rotating the strike enjoying out a prime proportion of dot balls – that is placing drive at the non-striker and making the opposite batsmen take larger dangers.
Dhoni’s strike fee on the loss of life (overs 41-50) in 2018 was once his worst through a long way in any calendar 12 months since 2013.
Among the 23 batsmen who scored a minimum of 200 runs from Quantity five and six in 2018, Dhoni’s moderate (27.62) positioned him at fifth-lowest.
His strike fee at 70.38 puts him at moment from the ground and is handiest higher than Peter Moor of Zimbabwe (61.44). He simply scored 1.70 boundary in keeping with innings and performed out 16.60 dot balls, on a median, in keeping with fit from those positions – approach too prime for a lower-middle order batsman.
It’s not that Dhoni, batting within the decrease middle-order, didn’t get sufficient alternatives to make a distinction – he did – however didn’t make any vital contribution within the 12 months. He got here out to bat prior to the 45th over in the entire 13 innings he batted in 2018. Actually, in Eight of those 13 innings, he walked out to bat prior to the 35th over. Thus, he had plentiful overs and time to make significant contributions in 2018 however failed to take action.
2018 was once additionally the one 12 months (min. five innings) the place Dhoni didn’t sign in a unmarried fifty.
Given his issues of strike fee, your best option is to make him bat at Quantity four which is able to permit him to settle in and play the position of the sheet-anchor. However although that’s the case, Dhoni has to be able to rotate the strike and if the location calls for, boost up later.
His revel in in tricky drive scenarios, each with the bat and within the box, will for sure be helpful however India can not find the money for what came about on the SCG very continuously.
*All numbers prior to the second one ODI in Adelaide.