Heroes and Zeroes of last week
Shubman Gill scored 112 runs in the third ODI against New Zealand in Indore, taking his series tally to 360.

India completed a thumping 90-run over New Zealand in the 3rd ODI Indore to clinch the three-match series 3-0. The Men in Blue lost the 1st T20I in Ranchi but hit back in Lucknow to square the series and take it to the decider. Meanwhile, South Africa strengthened their chances of qualifying automatically for the 2023 World Cup by winning the first two matches against England at home in Bloemfontein. In the Women’s T20I tri-series in South Africa, India and South Africa thumped West Indies by 56 runs and 10 wickets, respectively, to book their place in the final. Here’s a recap of records in international cricket in the last week.

Shubman Gill breaks Virat Kohli’s record, equals Babar Azam

Shubman Gill scored 112 runs in the third ODI against New Zealand in Indore, taking his series tally to 360. This is the most by an Indian in a three-match bilateral one-day series. The previous record was held by Virat Kohli, who scored 283 runs in the three-match series against Sri Lanka earlier in the year. Gill also leveled Babar Azam’s record of 360 runs in a three-match bilateral ODI series with his feat.

With his ton in Indore, Gill became the fastest Indian male cricketer to four ODI tons. He needed only 21 innings to get there, breaking Shikhar Dhawan’s record (24 innings). Gill’s 212-run stand with Rohit Sharma is a new record for the highest opening partnership against New Zealand. The previous record was jointly held by Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sanath Jayasuriya, and Upul Tharanga (201 runs).

Unique record for Jacob Duffy

New Zealand pace bowler Jacob Duffy conceded 100 runs in his 10 overs in the third ODI vs India. At the same time, he also claimed three wickets. As such, the Kiwi cricketer became the first player in one-day history to take a three-wicket haul by conceding 100 runs.

Virat Kohli at No. 2 among the most catches by an Indian fielder in ODIs

Kohli took two catches in the Indore ODI. He now has 141 catches to his name in the format from 271 matches and is second on the list, going past Sachin Tendulkar (140). Only Mohammad Azharuddin (156) has now taken more catches than Kohli in the format among Indians.

Unwanted record for Arshdeep Singh

Indian left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh conceded 27 runs in the 20th over of the first T20I against New Zealand in Ranchi. He is now third on the list of Indian bowlers who have conceded the most runs in an over in T20Is. Shivam Dube (34 runs vs New Zealand) tops the unwanted list, followed by 32 (Stuart Binny v West Indies).

Sundar registers the fastest 50 by an Indian at No. 6 in T20Is

Washington Sundar hammered 50 off 25 balls in the Ranchi T20I in a losing cause. This is now the fastest half-century by an Indian batter at No. 6 in T20Is. Dinesh Karthik (26 balls) vs South Africa in 2022 held the previous record.

1st instance of no sixes being hit in a T20I in India 

Both Indian and New Zealand batters struggled during the second T20I in Lucknow. The Kiwis scored 99/8, which India chased down with one ball to spare. Not a single six was hit by players from either team – the first such instance in a T20I in India.

The match also saw the first instance of a chasing side winning a T20I in Lucknow. All five previous T20Is were won by teams batting first. Also, New Zealand’s total of 99/8 is their lowest against India in the T20I format – the first instance of them scoring less than 100 in a T20I against India. 

Jason Roy enters the Top 4 among England batters with the most ODI hundreds

England opener Jason Roy ended his lengthy poor run in international cricket by smashing his 11th one-day hundred in the first ODI against South Africa in Bloemfontein on January 27. Roy smacked 113 off 91 balls, hitting 11 fours and four sixes. His knock, however, went in vain as England faltered in a chase of 299.

With his three-figure score, Roy went past Jos Buttler (10) and entered the Top 4 list among England batters with the most ODI hundreds. He is tied at the fourth position with Jonny Bairstow, who has 11 hundreds from 95 one-dayers. Joe Root (16), Eoin Morgan (13), and Marcus Trescothick (12) are the top three ton-getters for England in one-day cricket.

South Africa completed highest successful ODI chase in Bloemfontein

Courtesy of South African skipper Temba Bavuma’s hundred (109 off 102), South Africa chased down 343 against England in the second one-dayer, a new record for the highest successful chase in ODIs in Bloemfontein and their third-highest in the format.

The previous highest successful chase at the venue in ODIs was also by South Africa. The hosts chased down a target of 272 against Australia in March 2020. Lungi Ngidi’s 6/58 held Australia to 271, after which South African opener Janneman Malan smashed an unbeaten 129.

Smriti Mandhana becomes the third player with 20 or more T20I fifties

India Women’s opener Smriti Mandhana has carried on her impressive run in international cricket in 2023. She scored an unbeaten 74 off only 51 balls for the team against West Indies Women in the third match of the T20I tri-series in East London on January 23. Her impressive knock featured 10 fours and a six as India Women posted 167/2 batting first. Mandhana was the deserved Player of the Match as India won the game by 56 runs.

Her half-century in the match was her 20th fifty-plus score in the T20I format, making her the third player in women’s history to score 20 or more fifty-plus in the format. Only Suzie Bates of New Zealand (24 – one hundred and 23 fifties) and Stafanie Taylor of West Indies (21 fifties) are above the Indian batter on the illustrious list.

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