ICC Champions Trophy: Indian batting vs Pakistan’s in numbers

first_imgAs India and Pakistan gear up to face each other in the ICC Champions Trophy on June 4 at Edgbaston, the batting statistics look heavily titled in India’s favour.Taking into account, the probable team line-up of both the teams, here’s a look at the runs under the belt of the batsmen of both sides.INDIAN BATTING LINE-UPConsider that Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will opening the batting for India, Virat Kohli will come in at 3, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni will come down at 4th end 5th spot and Kedar Jadhav will fill the 6th slot.Shikhar Dhawan: 3090 runs in 76 ODI games; Highest score – 137Rohit Sharma: 5311 runs in 153 ODIs; Highest score – 264Virat Kohli: 7755 runs in 179 ODI matches; Highest score – 183Yuvraj Singh: 8539 runs in 296 ODIs; Highest score – 150MS Dhoni: 9275 runs in 286 ODI matches; Highest score – 183*Kedar Jadhav: 468 runs in 15 ODI games; Highest score – 120The Indian batting have a total of 34438 runs under their belt in 1005 ODI matches total played.PAKISTAN BATTING LINE-UPConsider Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad will be Pakistan’s openers like in the warm-up games, Babar Azam will come down at the third spot, Mohammed Hafeez at 4, experienced Shoaib Malik will be in the middle order at 5 and Sarfraz Ahmed supporting him at the 6th slot.Azhar Ali: 1605 runs in 45 ODI matches; Highest score – 102Ahmed Shehzad: 2585 runs in 78 ODIs; Highest score – 124Babar Azam: 1322 runs in 26 ODI games; Highest score – 125*Mohammed Hafeez: 5728 runs in 185 ODIs; Highest score – 140*Shoaib Malik: 6711 runs in 247 ODIs; Highest score – 143advertisementSarfraz Ahmed: 1568 runs in 70 ODI matches; Highest score – 105Pakistan batting order have a total of 19519 runs with an experience of 651 ODI matches.Going completely by the statistics, India have a slight edge due to the amalgamation of experience and youth in their team while Pakistan are fielding quite an inexperienced side where only Mohammed Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have played over a 100 ODIs.Many big former cricketers have spoken on the India-Pakistan clash and India being clear favourites over the past few days.Shahid Afridi, in his column at icc.cricket.com, has written that it the depth in the Indian team that gives them a slight edge over Pakistan.Mohammed Azharuddin feels that India are a far stronger side than Pakistan and the neighbouring country do not have match-winners.”Today’s Pakistan team does not have a lot of match-winners. India are much stronger,” said Azharuddin at the Salaam Cricket conclave in London.Aamir Sohail, Pakistan’s explosive opener in the 90s, agreed with Azhar and said, “There’s plenty of gap. Indian cricket authorities have invested in the right areas and they emphasised on the basics of cricket.””Any team needs utility cricketers and impact cricketers. Pakistan does not have those kinds of players and we lack a proper leader. The fact that we have played so much cricket on the dead Emirates pitches has affected us,” Sohail added.Harbhajan Singh went on to say that “sometimes Bangladesh play better than Pakistan.”Aamir Sohail also added that MS Dhoni is still a match-winner and Pakistan need to keep that in mind.”The way Dhoni has been able to win matches with a team with limited resources is remarkable”, the former Pakistani opener said, adding, “Pakistan should definitely be scared of Dhoni, he is still a very dangerous player”.Sourav Ganguly, at the Salaam Cricket conclave, said “India will still beat Pakistan whether Kumble and Kohli are fighting or not. India are a better side than Pakistan, especially in big tournaments.”Sunil Gavaskar mentioned that it is the variety in the Indian bowling line-up that is the X-factor in India’s campaign this Champions Trophy. “Our bowlers like Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have swing and seam movement along with pace and that’s why they are dangerous. Even Junaid Khan and Mohammad Amir have pace and swing so it won’t be easy to play them but the variety in Indian team with new ball bowling with different styles makes it much more potent attack,” Gavaskar said at the Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket.last_img read more