New Delhi, Oct 25: India's batting masterclass Virat Kohli equalled 'Master Blaster' Sachin Tendulkar's record of hitting 14 ODI centuries batting second during 3rd ODI against New Zealand at Mohali on Sunday (October 23).
The Delhi right-hander slammed his 14th century in successful run chases. Tendulkar too constructed same number of tons in batting second and helping in India's winning cause.
These figures show both Kohli and Sachin are one of the best batsmen this format has ever witnessed, in terms of chasing a target. But, India's limited overs' skipper MS Dhoni is way ahead of these two and several other batting greats when it comes to highest averages on successful ODI chases.
Dhoni, who is undoubtedly hailed as world's best match finisher in ODI, has been finishing games for his side over the last one decade and he has done it quite well.
His ability to finish off matches might be on the wane, and understandably so. But his 80-run-knock against New Zealand at Mohali again proved if the 35-year-old promotes himself up in the order, then the picture could be more brighter for him as well as the team.
Batting second, Dhoni's figures are just phenomenal and even the best in the business are still far behind him.
Here's a look at top 5 ODI batsmen, in terms of averages on successful ODI chases, and MSD tops this list by huge margin.
1. MS Dhoni
The wicketkeeper batsman has the highest average in successful ODI chases. Batting second he has 88 ODI games between 2005 and 2016 and scored 2428 runs in 62 innings.
This means his total average in successful ODI chase is 101.86. His personal best score of 183* came while chasing. During successful ODI chases he has slammed 16 half centuries and 2 centuries.
2. Virat Kohli
The 27-year-old Delhi dasher has already slammed 26 ODI centuries in just 174 games with 14 of them coming batting second. This itself speaks volumes about Kohli the new 'master of chase'. Kohli has 16 hundreds while batting second, one short of Tendulkar's in 59 innings.
Of 62 matches he played between 2008 and 2016, Kohli has scored 3514 runs in 59 innings. His total average in successful ODI chases is 90.10, second best after Dhoni. Just like Dhoni, his best score in ODIs (183) came while chasing. He has also slammed 15 half centuries in those 59 innings.
3. AB de Villiers
The South African batting great has the third highest average while successful ODI chases. De Villiers has played 57 matches from 2005-2016 in which South Africa turned out victorious chasing.
He has scored 2363 runs in 53 innings thus averaging 81.48 in successful chases. His best score, successful run chase, is 136*. 17 half centuries and 5 centuries have also resulted in winning causes, batting second.
4. Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke is the fourth on the list of batsmen with highest average during successful chases in ODIs. The former Australian skipper has featured in 68 matches between 2003 and 2015 during successful ODI chase.
Clarke has scored 2142 runs in 53 innings and averaged 73.86 during successful chases in ODI. He smashed 17 fifties and 3 tons, which resulted in a winning cause while batting second. His best score during a run chase is 105*.
5. Arjuna Ranatunga
The former world cup winning Sri Lankan captain has the 5th highest average in successful ODI chases. Of 62 matches he featured in between 1982 and 1999, the stockily-built left-handed-batsman scored 2007 runs in 56 innings, batting second.
His total average in successful ODI chase was 69.20. During successful ODI chases, his best score was 131*. He hit 13 half centuries and 1 century during successful run chase.