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THE WEEK IN NUMBERS: KING KUMAR REIGNS SUPREME

Cricket by numbers...

300

Against Australia at Kolkata, MS Dhoni became the sixth Indian to have played in 300 ODI matches for his country. The wicketkeeper-batsman has score 9,743 runs for India at 52.09, including 10 hundreds.

117.25

No apologies shall be made for when he is in the country, Sangakkara dominates this page as heavily as he does County Championship attacks up and down the shires.

Against Somerset, the Sri Lankan registered his eighth Championship hundred of the year, in his 13th innings.

Sanga's brain-scrambling Championship numbers (correct before his second innings v Somerset)

£20,000

The buyout clause in Paul Coughlin’s contract - at the time of being written, relating to Durham’s potential future in Division Two - was inserted only weeks before the county were relegated last year.

The situation has caused Durham chairman Ian Botham to call for cricket to introduce a football-style transfer system.

1

ODI hundreds scored by Jonny Bairstow.

Jonny has been on the fringes for some time, with Jason Roy’s failings in the Champions Trophy the door was opened and Jonny has well and truly booted it off its hinges.

He has scored 799 ODI runs at 44.38, with a strike rate of 90.79.

Roy has 1,462 runs at 34.00, his strike rate is 101.10.

Bairstow's ODI stats

March 18

The first match of 2018’s North-South Series will be played at Bridgetown’s Kensington Oval, followed by a second at the same venue with the third match to be hosted at the Three Ws Oval.

Paul Collingwood and Paul Franks will be on the North’s coaching team with Mark Ramprakash – assisted by Andy Flower – will be head coach of the South.

South won this year’s series in Dubai and Abu Dhabi 3-0.

913

The number of days between Chris Gayle’s last previous ODI appearance for West Indies and his return this week.

Gayle - who has hit 22 one-day hundreds for his country – hit 37 at Old Trafford as England won by seven wickets.