India and New Zealand will be vying for a three-match ODI series starting January 18. India have been on a roll in the bilateral ODI series on home soil. India enjoyed a stellar three-nil ODI series win over Sri Lanka recently. And now, they welcome a well-drilled New Zealand outfit that recently enjoyed a stunning ODI series win in Pakistan’s backyard. Notably, it was New Zealand’s maiden ODI series win on Pakistani soil. Kane Williamson and Tim Southee have been rested for the India tour. However, New Zealand have the resources to offer fight against a powerful Indian team. For India, the onus will be on Virat Kohli, who had a fascinating series against Sri Lanka by hammering magnificent centuries. Shreyas Iyer will not be playing the series due to an injury, and this will give someone like Suryakumar Yadav a chance to showcase his potential in the middle order. This series will offer plenty of records for individuals and teams alike. On the same note we look at the records that can be broken in the coming series.
Virat Kohli can claim these terrific records
Virat Kohli has amassed 12754 runs at an average of 58.23 across 268 ODI matches. He has piled up 46 centuries and 64 fifties. Kohli is in line to become the fifth batter in ODI history to compose 13000+ runs in the ODI format. He is behind Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting and Sanath Jayasuriya. Kohli will become the second Indian after Tendulkar to hammer 13000+ ODI runs. Kohli is the third-highest run scorer in India versus New Zealand ODI matches. He has scored 1378 runs at an average of 59.91. He is in line to become just the second player after Sachin Tendulkar to score 1500+ ODI runs vs New Zealand. Tendulkar holds the record of scoring 1750 runs vs New Zealand.
Kohli is currently the joint second-highest centurion in India New Zealand ODI alongside Tendulkar and Nathan Astle. All these players have smashed five centuries each. By scoring a century, Kohli can equal Virender Sehwag in terms of most centuries in India-New Zealand ODI matches (6). On home soil, Kohli has registered 5303 runs at 60.26. He has amassed 21 centuries. Kohli can get past the 5500 run mark at home. Kohli can also get past thousand runs vs New Zealand at home. So far, he has piled up 855 runs at an average of 85.50.
Rohit Sharma can eye these milestones
Indian captain Rohit Sharma has scored 9596 runs at an average of 48.71. He has hit 29 centuries and 47 half-centuries. Rohit is in line to get past Adam Gilchrist, who has 9619 runs and Mohammad Yousuf, who has 9720 runs. Rohit has smashed 703 runs versus New Zealand in ODI at home. He can get past former Indian better Ajay Jadeja who piled up 828 runs against the Kiwis. Rohit has scored 3838 runs at home, carrying an average of 59.04. He is in line to surpass the 4000 run mark in ODI on home soil. He can also get to 500 ODI runs versus New Zealand at home. He currently carries 341 runs versus the Kiwis.
Other batting milestones on offer
Indian opener Shubman Gill has scored 894 runs at an average of 59.6. He is in line to get past thousand ODI runs. Shubman had an excellent series against Sri Lanka, scoring 50 and a century. New Zealand’s stand-in captain Tom Latham has piled 3442 runs at an average of 35.85. He also has seven centuries and 18 half centuries. Latham is closing in on the 3500 run mark in ODI cricket. He can become the 13th New Zealand batter to smash 3500+ runs in ODI cricket. New Zealand batter Finn Allen has scored 442 runs at an average of 34.00. He can get to the 500-run mark in ODIs. Besides Allen, senior batter Daryl Mitchell can also get to 500 ODI runs.
Bowling records that are on offer
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has picked up 155 wickets at an average of 26.06. He is in line to surpass former Indian bowler Manoj Prabhakar who claimed 157 scalps. Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav has claimed 124 wickets at 27.68. He can surpass former Indian all-rounder Ravi Shastri in terms of wickets 129. Mohammed Siraj has raced to 33 wickets in 19 ODI matches for India. He has an excellent average of 22.18. Siraj can surpass the likes of Lakshmipathy Balaji, Ramesh Powar, and Suresh Raina, interns of ODI wickets for India. Mitchell Santner has claimed 88 ODI wickets for New Zealand at an average of 37.85. He can go past former Kiwi player B Cairns who managed 89 wickets. He can become the 19th New Zealand bowler with 90+ ODI wickets.
India can maintain a 100% record vs NZ
India have won six successive ODI series vs New Zealand at home. The last time New Zealand toured India for the ODI series was in 2018. India had claimed the series by a 21 margin. India will be aiming to keep their hundred percent record versus New Zealand in ODI at home.