Let’s take a statistical look into the pre-Inzamam-retirement era (2004 to 2007) and the period that proceeded Inzamam (2009 onwards). Statistics from 2008 have not been included since Pakistan, save Asia Cup, hardly played any competitive cricket that year.
Pakistan’s batting, while chasing in particular, has been in a state of difficulty over the years. Since the start of 2009, they have successfully chased a target of 250-plus in ODIs only three times – twice against South Africa in same series in UAE in 2010 and, a few months later, against New Zealand in 2011.
Narrowing down the figures to targets of 230, the numbers are abysmally stacked against Pakistan. Since January 2009, they have failed on 18 out of 23 occasions when set a total in excess of 230. This win-loss ratio (27 per cent) leaves them at seventh spot, just ahead of Bangladesh and West Indies.
New Zealand, at sixth, maintain a W/L ratio of 55 per cent which is almost double to that of Pakistan’s 27 per cent.
South Africa and India maintain the best percentages. In their failed attempts, the Proteas, have usually come within touching distance of their targets, which these stats don’t reflect.
Bangladesh, who shocked India at this year’s Asia Cup in Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th-century match with a successful chase, managed four wins during the period, but two of those were against a West Indian side who were playing with their fringe squad in 2009 due to their senior players’ dispute with West Indies Cricket Board. One of their wins was against Zimbabwe.
|Teams while chasing target of 230-plus in ODI Cricket since 1st January, 2009 [excluding NR/Tie]|
|1. South Africa||1.28||16||09||07|
|3. Sri Lanka||0.77||32||14||18|
|6. New ZeaLand||0.55||14||05||09|
|9. West Indies||0.05||18||01||17|
If Kohli’s bulk of runs (2268), at more than an ideal average (59.68) and brisk strike rate (88.76 per cent) isn’t surprising enough, consider that he scored each of his seven centuries in an Indian win. It took Tendulkar five years and 40 ODI innings to score his first century while chasing a target. Kohli in four years and 46 matches has already got seven.
No Pakistani makes the top-ten list of such batsmen, let alone the top 20.
|Batsmen in 2nd innings of ODI Cricket since 1st January, 2009.|
|1. Virat Kohli||46||2268||59.68||88.76||7|
|2. Gautam Gambhir||38||1747||52.93||90.05||3|
|3. Shane Watson||32||1642||60.81||96.87||4|
|4. TM Dilshan||38||1597||45.62||98.45||6|
|5. K. Sangakkara||42||1583||43.97||82.57||1|