India in England: Mahendra Singh Dhoni Three Defeats Away From Equalling Brian Lara, Stephen Fleming's Test Record
Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming and West Indies great Brian Lara with 16 overseas Test losses have the worst record among international skippers.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have forged a formidable coach-captain combination with Stephen Fleming for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League but the India captain is on the verge of equalling an ignominious record in possession of the former Black Caps skipper - that of maximum number of away Test defeats while leading his country. (Also Read: Duncan Fletcher in the Line of Farokh Engineer's Fire)
Fleming and Brian Lara with 16 overseas Test losses have the worst record among international skippers. Dhoni, after the humiliating defeat in the Manchester Test, now has 13 away Test defeats as a leader under his belt. (Related: Injured Stuart Broad may Play Oval Test with Face Mask)
Three more overseas Test defeats would put him alongside captains with worst Test records - a piece of statistic that would certainly make the Indian captain uncomfortable. (Stats: Kohli Hits Worst Patch in Tests; Dhoni's Overseas Record Worsens)
After losing a Test match in New Zealand, Dhoni had surpassed Sourav Ganguly, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Mohammed Azharuddin as the India skipper with the worst away record. (Read: Manchester Test Defeat to England Bizarre, Says Rahul Dravid)
The trio had 10 overseas Test defeats and the loss in Wellington was Dhoni's 11th as captain on foreign soil.
However, Ganguly has the best record as captain on foreign soil with 11 Test victories including two series draws in England (2002) and Australia (2003-04). Under Ganguly's captaincy, India also won in West Indies, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.