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India v Australia Series at 2-2

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George_Bailey_Australia_CricketThe series has proved to be the death of bowlers. Ball-tampering is starting to look more acceptable with each passing 300+ run chase.

Virat Kohli stole the show with his 66 ball 115, scoring his 17th ODI century. Almost 25, Virat Kohli is India's current best batsman, at least in ODIs. He was stylish and loud with his strokeplay and completely eclipsed a utilitarian 156 off 114 from George Bailey.

Bailey seems a soft spoken, quiet and an unfussy individual. But in India, such people do get squished. En route to his 156 he became the highest run scorer as captain in a bilateral series.

Albeit he scored these 474 runs on pitches as dead as the Terminator franchise, he has been performing for Australia quite consistently. After 34 matches, he averages 56.85 in ODIs. His last 15 innings include 2 centuries, 7 half centuries of which 2 are 90+ scores and 3 not outs. Looking at the names he outscored to get the above mentioned record, Bailey is certainly a good batsman. With his recent knocks, he also makes a case for a Test spot. He has a short back lift, plays late and isn't lured into playing extravagant drives. Nothing suggests he can't do well in Tests.

 

10 Highest run scoring Captains in a bilateral series

 

As a Captain in Bilateral Series Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 Winner
G Bailey (Australia in India ODI series, 2013/14) 5 5 1 474 156 118.5 400 118.5 1 3 0 -
AB de Villiers (Pakistan in South Africa ODI series, 2012/13) 5 5 1 367 128 91.75 395 92.91 1 3 0 South Africa
K Wessels (India in South Africa ODI series, 1992/93) 7 7 0 342 78 48.85 668 51.19 0 3 0 South Africa
Inzamam-ul-Haq (India in Pakistan ODI series, 2003/04) 5 5 0 340 123 68 348 97.7 2 0 0 India
G Gambhir (New Zealand in India ODI series, 2010/11) 5 5 2 329 138* 109.66 298 110.4 2 0 1 India
AB de Villiers (Sri Lanka in South Africa ODI series, 2011/12) 5 5 2 329 125* 109.66 263 125.09 1 2 0 South Africa
M Jayawardene (Natwest series-Sri Lanka in England ODI series, 2006) 5 5 2 328 126* 109.33 322 101.86 2 1 0 Sri Lanka
A Cook (Pakistan v England ODI series in U.A.E., 2011/12) 4 4 0 323 137 80.75 363 88.98 2 1 0 England
A Strauss (NatWest series-Pakistan in England ODI series, 2010) 5 5 0 317 126 63.4 340 93.23 1 2 0 England
R Dravid (Sri Lanka in India ODI series, 2005/06) 6 6 4 312 103* 156 342 91.22 1 2 0 India

 

The series now stands 2-2 with one more game to go. Maybe he can follow 8 out of the other 9 captains in the table and win the series. Inzamam was never one to be followed. Sympathy demands the poor white chap who has scored runs for his team in a few losing causes win the series. He'll have to win the toss and bowl first.

Stats by: Karna Yajnik



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