Australia vs India: Statistical preview of ODI series
The Indian cricket team has already embarked on the Australian tour to play its first international series after resumption of cricket amid COVID-19 pandemic. The two-month long tour will begin with the three-match ODI series on November 27. Notably, India trounced the hosts 2-1 in the ODIs, the last time India toured Down Under. Let us decode some interesting numbers ahead of the series.
A look at the head-to-head record
Australia and India have clashed in a total of 57 ODIs so far (bilateral). The hosts have had the wood over India, winning 28 of them. While India have won 24, five have been abandoned. However, India's ODI record Down Under still needs to improve. Having played 48 games in the nation (overall), they have won only 12 and lost 34 (two were abandoned).
India scripted history under MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli
MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are the only Indian captains to have won a series in Australia, comprising three or less teams. Under Dhoni, India won the 2007/08 Commonwealth Bank Series. Meanwhile, Kohli led India to a maiden bilateral series victory in Australia (2019).
Rohit, Finch lead the runs tally among active players
Among the active Indian players, Rohit Sharma is the leading run-scorer in ODIs against Australia. He has racked up 2,208 runs from 40 ODIs at an average of 61.33, including a double hundred (209). Following him is the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who has 1,910 runs against Australia at 54.57. For Australia, skipper Aaron Finch has amassed most runs (1,211) against India (active players).
Rohit and Kohli have scored plethora of runs in Australia
Over the years, both Kohli and Rohit have been nucleus of Team India's top-order. The dynamic duo has together amassed 1,457 runs at a prolific average of 58.28 in ODIs against Australia, Down Under. The phenomenal tally includes as many as seven tons.
Jadeja, Cummins top the chart of wicket-takers
As far as the bowling record is concerned, off-spinner Ravindra Jadeja tops the wickets tally against Australia among active Indian players. He owns 27 scalps against them, including a best match haul of 3/35. Similarly, pace spearhead Pat Cummins has taken most number of ODI wickets (21) against India. Cummins is one of the few players to have scalped a five-for against them.