Captain Cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a courageous knock of 82 on Day 1 of the fifth and final Test at the Oval on Friday. On a day when he became India's most-capped captain against England, Dhoni scored his 12th fifty versus the home team, extending his Test record for most fifties against an opponent without posting a hundred.
Both Dhoni and Australia's Monty Noble now a share a record for most fifties (eight) without making a hundred in England. Dhoni's 82 is his third innings of 80-plus versus England in England, his highest being 92 at The Oval in 2007. The 82 was his 33rd fifty in Tests - his 24th as captain.
Dhoni has amassed 349 runs at an average of 38.77 - his best performance in a Test series, obliterating the 326 (average 81.50) in four Tests vs Australia in India in 2012-13. For the second time in a Test series, Dhoni has registered four innings of fifty or more -- the first instance being against Australia in India in 2008-09.