India vs England, 2021 – 1st ODI Stats Preview: Virat Kohli eyes big records, Rohit to go past Sehwag

India vs England, 2021 – 1st ODI Stats Preview: Virat Kohli eyes big records, Rohit to go past Sehwag

Will Virat Kohli be able to go past Ricky Ponting in this series?

India vs England
India vs England. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/Getty Images)

India recently defeated the visiting English side in the five-match T20I series. They earlier won the Test series as well. Both teams will now clash in the three-match ODI series starting 23rd march to be played at MCA stadium in Pune. The hosts will be playing a nearly full-strength squad as far as the batting department is concerned.

There are also some new faces in both the squads. England will be missing the services of some of their prime players including Joe Root, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes. This is the last international assignment for both sides before the start of the Indian Premier League.

Let’s look at important stats and numbers before the first ODI between India and England:

Head to Head record

100 – In the 100 ODI games both teams have played against each other so far, 53 have been won by India while the English team has won 42 matches.

India’s impeccable record at home

1984India have won the last 5 bilateral series on the trot against England at home. Their only series loss at home against England came in 1984 when they got defeated by a margin of 5-1.

Century awaits for Kohli

71 – Indian fans have waited very long for a century from Virat Kohli. If he is successful in breaking the streak in this series, it will be his 71st international ton joining alongside Ricky Ponting (71) to attain the second spot.

41 – Virat has so far smashed 41 tons as captain across formats. He will topple Ricky Ponting (41) from the first position with a century in this series.

197 – The prolific batsman has captained India in 197 games across formats till now. He will be featuring in the 200th match as captain in the third game of this series. Only MS Dhoni (332) and Mohammad Azharuddin (221) have led India in more matches than him.

126Virat Kohli has won 126 matches so far as an Indian skipper in international cricket. He will go past Hansie Cronje (126) with one more win in the series to attain the sixth spot in the record tally.

Rohit to go past Sehwag

93Rohit Sharma was in sublime touch during the final T20I against England and would like to continue the same in ODIs as well. He has 7148 runs to his name in the 50-over format as an opener. He needs 93 more runs to go past Virender Sehwag (7240), and become the third-most successful Indian ODI opener after Sachin Tendulkar (15310) and Sourav Ganguly (9146).

Shreyas Iyer’s eyes on big landmark

193 – Shreyas Iyer has so far impressed everyone with his performance in the limited-overs formats. He has scored 807 ODI runs in 19 innings at an average of 44.83 and a strike rate of 100.75. This includes 1 hundred and 8 fifties. If he scores 193 runs in his next 4 innings, he will become the quickest Indian to complete 1000 ODI runs going past the joint record of Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan (24 innings).

Chahal nearing 100 ODI wickets

8 – Yuzvendra Chahal has picked up 92 wickets in 53 ODIs so far. He needs 8 more wickets to achieve the landmark of 100 ODI wickets, and become the ninth Indian spinner to do so.

Dhawan’s upcoming feat

192 –  Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has so far scored 5808 runs in 136 ODIs. He needs 192 more runs to become the tenth Indian to reach the 6000-run mark in the 50-over format.