South Africa vs India, 1st ODI Stats Preview: Players records and approaching milestones

South Africa vs India, 1st ODI Stats Preview: Players records and approaching milestones

Can stand-in captain KL Rahul lead India to a series victory after the disappointment of Test series loss?

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Indian Cricket Team. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

After losing the Test series by a 2-1 margin, team India will lock horns with South Africa in the three-match ODI series starting on January 19, 2022, at Boland Park in Paarl. The team will be led by stand-in skipper KL Rahul in the series as the newly appointed ODI captain Rohit Sharma is injured and out of action. It will be the first ODI assignment for the men in blue in 2022 as they last played 50-overs format back in July 2021 under Shikhar Dhawan’s captaincy against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

Speaking of the recently concluded Test series, India’s drought in the Rainbow nation extended as South Africa still remains the only country where the sub-continent team hasn’t won a Test series in their history. For the hosts, there were a lot of positives in the series win with Keegan Petersen and Marco Jansen impressing everyone with their performances. Speedster Kagiso Rabada was at his lethal best as he turned out to be the highest wicket-taker in the series with 20 scalps to his name. Captain Dean Elgar led from the front both as a skipper and batter as he finished the series as the second-highest run-getter with 235 runs.

ODI skipper Temba Bavuma will be hoping to repeat the same by beating India in the ODI series as the hosts welcome their limited-overs regulars David Miller, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dwaine Pretorius, and Janneman Malan. Apart from the washed-out ODI against the Netherlands in November 2021, Wayne Parnell will be playing his first full series since 2018 when he joined Worcestershire to play county games in the Kolpak deal. On the other hand, the visitors have selected some new talents like Ruturaj Gaikwad and Venkatesh Iyer with senior pro-Shikhar Dhawan returning at the top of the order.

Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers ahead of South Africa vs India, 1st ODI:

Head-to-Head: South Africa and India have clashed with each other in 84 ODIs with the Proteas winning 46 times, losing 35 times and three matches had no result. In the Rainbow nation, both teams have participated in 34 ODIs with the hosts tasting success on 22 occasions, losing ten times and two matches had no result. India has played five bilateral series with South Africa in South Africa since 1992/93 where they have won just one series and lost four. The one-series victory came in the last ODI series in 2018 when they defeated the Proteas by a 5-1 (6) margin.

3 – Yuzvendra Chahal needs three wickets to complete 100 ODI wickets.

2 – Rishabh Pant requires two fours to complete 50 fours in ODIs.

1 – Temba Bavuma is one run away from completing 500 runs in ODIs.

1 – It will be the first time that KL Rahul will be captaining India in an ODI.

2 – Chahal (16) needs two wickets to surpass Kuldeep Yadav (17) and become India’s highest ODI wicket-taker against South Africa in South Africa.

5 – David Miller is five runs away from reaching 8500 runs in international cricket.

18 – Quinton de Kock is 18 runs away from reaching 10,500 runs across formats.

9 – Virat Kohli (5057) needs nine runs to surpass Sachin Tendulkar (5065) and become India’s highest run-getter in away ODIs.

1 – Jasprit Bumrah is one game away from completing 150 matches across formats.

3 – Miller requires three fours to reach 250 fours in ODI matches.

27 – Kohli (1287) needs 27 runs to go past Rahul Dravid (1309) and Sourav Ganguly (1313) and become the fifth-highest run-scorer in India vs South Africa ODIs.

12 – Shikhar Dhawan (2488) requires 12 runs to complete 2500 runs in away ODIs.

16 – Quinton de Kock is 16 runs away from reaching 800 runs in India vs South Africa ODI matches.

2 – Dhawan (798) requires two runs to complete 800 runs in India vs South Africa ODIs.