India run away with honours
Yuvraj and Dhoni found statistical backing to their match-winning performances with both of them finishing atop the batting charts.india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 15:54 IST
Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who played big roles in India's emphatic 4-1 one-day series victory over Pakistan, found statistical backing to their match-winning performances with both of them finishing atop the batting charts.
Yuvraj finished as the highest scorer on either side in the five-match series with a tally of 344 runs at an average of 172 and a strike rate of 97.17.
Dhoni totalled 219 runs at a scarcely believable average of 219 and an explosive strike rate of 136.87.
Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar proved that suggestions of his fall from batting grace were premature with an aggregate of 237 from four matches at an average of 59.25.
Skipper Rahul Dravid was consistency personified, totalling 205 at 41 runs per innings with three fifties.
Those casting doubts over the effectiveness of the Indian bowling attack had to eat humble pie as they occupied the top four wicket-taking slots for the series.
Left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan headed the table with nine scalps in four games at 18.88 followed closely by Uttar Pradesh rookie Rudra Pratap Singh who claimed eight Pakistan wickets in three matches at an impressive average of 17.62.
Kerala speedster S Sreesanth picked six wickets though he conceded more than six runs an over.
Shoaib Malik was the second highest scorer in the series with 314 runs at 62.80. Vice captain Younis Khan was the only other Pakistani batsman to impress with a tally of 189 at 63.
Mohammad Asif and Naved-ul-Hasan were the most successful Pakistani bowlers with five wickets each with the former finishing with the best economy rate of 4.40.
First Published: Feb 20, 2006 15:54 IST