The Indian cricket team will kick off their tour of Australia with the first of the three-match ODI series at Sydney on November 27. The second game will also be played at the same venue on November 29 while the third and final match will be held at Canberra on December 2. Australia have an excellent record over India in ODIs. Out of 140 games, they have defeated India in 78, while the Indians have won only 52. In Australia, India have 36 losses and 13 wins from 51 matches. With the latest ODI contest all set to begin, we bring you a statistical preview of the series.
Most Runs: Sachin Tendulkar
Not surprisingly, India legend Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for having scored most runs against Australia in one-dayers. In 71 matches, Tendulkar notched up 3077 runs against Australia at an average of 44.59 and at a strike rate of 84.71 with nine hundreds and 15 fifties.
Rohit Sharma, who has also enjoyed a prolific run against Australia, is at number two with 2208 runs in 40 matches at an average of 61.33 and a strike rate of 93.87. For Australia, the record for most ODI runs against India is held by Ricky Ponting. He smashed 2164 runs in 59 matches at an average of 40.07 and a strike rate of 81.41.
Highest individual score: Rohit Sharma
India’s regular limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma has the record of having notched up the highest individual score in an India-Australia one-dayer. He achieved the feat when he slammed 209 off 158 balls in the final ODI of the seven-match series at Bengaluru on November 2, 2013. Rohit’s innings featured as many as 16 sixes apart from 12 fours.
For Australia, former captain George Bailey’s 156 is the highest score versus India. He hit the same during the sixth ODI of the series at Nagpur on October 30, 2013. India, however, won the match courtesy Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 115 from 66 deliveries.
Most Centuries: Sachin Tendulkar
Tendulkar again leads this list. In 71 matches, he notched up nine hundreds against Australia. Tendulkar’s maiden ODI century came against the Aussies, and since then, he did not look back. Tendulkar is followed by Rohit and Kohli on the impressive list. Both have registered eight hundreds against Australia from 40 games. For the Aussies, Ponting’s six tons in 59 matches is the best.
Most sixes: Rohit Sharma
The record for having hit most sixes in India-Australia one-dayers is in the name of Rohit. In 40 matches, the big-hitting opener has cleared the ropes 76 sixes. Tendulkar is next on this prestigious list with 35 sixes from 71 matches. For Australia, ‘Big Show’ Glenn Maxwell has hit the most sixes against India in ODIs. He has 33 to his name from 25 matches.
Most wickets: Brett Lee
Former Aussie speedster Brett Lee has claimed most wickets in India-Australia ODIs. In 32 matches, Lee picked up 55 scalps at an average of 21, an excellent economy rate of 4.49 and a strike rate of 28. Lee’s best bowling figures against India were 5 for 27. Amazingly, he picked up as many as four five-wicket hauls against the Indians.
Best bowling figures: Murali Kartik
A bit of a surprise here. It’s not Anil Kumble or Harbhajan Singh, but former left-arm spinner Murali Kartik who holds the record for best bowling figures in an ODI against Australia. Kartik claimed memorable figures of 6 for 27 in the 7th one-dayer of a series, at Mumbai on October 7, 2007. Kartik’s victims in the game played at the Wankhede Stadium included Andrew Symonds and Brad Haddin among others. In India’s chase of 194, Kartik made an unbeaten 21.
For Australia, a medium-pacer named Ken MacLeay has the record for best bowling figures against India in ODIs. The performance came on a grand stage as MacLeay picked up 6 for 39 in the 1983 World Cup match at Nottingham. Australia won the game by 162 runs.