India register 500th ODI win: Decade wise split

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06 Mar 2019

A look at India's decade-wise ODI heroes after 500th victory

India registered their 500th ODI win when they beat Australia by eight runs in the second ODI on Tuesday.

As India celebrate the landmark win, they have been on a tough road for over five decades.

Starting since 1970s, India have improved their winning percentage over the years as we analyze the architects of their victories in these decades.

India's ever-improving winning percentage over decades

1970s

1970s: Sunil Gavaskar was the King of Indian cricket

1970s: Sunil Gavaskar was the King of Indian cricket

This initial phase of Indian cricket in ODIs was dominated by, the one and only, Sunil Gavaskar.

Having made his debut in 1974, Gavaskar played just nine ODIs in the 70s, scoring 254 runs at an average of 36.28.

Although he failed to strike any century during this phase, he scored half-century twice while his highest score was an unbeaten 65 against East Africa.

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1980s

1980s: All-round dominance by Kapil Dev

In the 80s, out emerged the greatest all-rounder India ever produced, Kapil Dev.

Since 1980, Kapil was unstoppable, as he played 143 matches during the phase (till 1989), scoring 2,869 runs at an average of 26.81, while he also claimed 168 wickets at an average of 26.25 and an economy of 3.68.

He also led India to their first World Cup title in 1983.

1990s

1990s: The era of Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar

1990s: The era of Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar

One of the classic phases of Indian cricket saw the rise of the greatest player, Sachin Tendulkar.

Having made his debut in December 1989, Sachin played 229 matches in the 90s, scoring 8,571 runs at an average of 42.85.

Further, he also picked 78 wickets during the phase at an average of 47.78 and an economy of 4.92.

Thus, the numbers say it all.

2000s

2000s: The era of four horsemen

Four of the prominent Indian cricketers who rose during this phase were Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni.

Although the likes of Sachin, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid did play during this era, the above four players had the most impact in ODIs.

During this, India won in England in 2002 and also reached the World Cup final in 2003.

2010s

2010s: The beginning of Kohlination

2010s: The beginning of Kohlination

Virat Kohli made a name for himself even before his debut in 2008 by winning the U-19 World Cup.

Following his debut, he has been unstoppable, and since 2010, he has scored 10,209 runs at an average of 60.76, while he has 39 centuries to his name to date.

With no signs of slowing down, Kohli is set to dominate for a long time.

Future

600 and the most dominant team definitely on cards

Having just registered their 500th ODI win, India would surely have their target set on their next goal, which is to become the most dominant ODI team in the history of the sport.

Currently, Australia have the most ODI wins of 558 matches, as India eye the record over the next decade and also register their 600th ODI win soon.

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India played England in their first-ever ODI at Leeds in 1974.

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India's first ODI win came against East Africa at Leeds in 1975 during the World Cup.

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India's highest ODI total till date is 418/5 against West Indies at Indore in 2011.

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India largest margin of win in ODIs is 257 runs against Bermuda at World Cup 2007 in Port of Spain.

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