India and Australia. (Photo Source: MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images and Twitter)
India, after having won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the fourth time straight, will lock horns with Australia in a three-match ODI series which is set to kick-off on March 17th at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
The second ODI will be played on 19th March at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam and the third ODI will be played on March 22nd at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
India looked solid in 2023 as far as ODI is concerned, having won all six games played against Sri Lanka and New Zealand. They would be looking to carry the winning momentum ahead and will be testing the bench strength as a preparation for the World Cup to be held later this year.
India will be without the services of Shreyas Iyer who has been ruled out due to injury, and regular skipper Rohit Sharma, who would be missing the first game due to family commitments. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya is expected to lead the Indian side.
Australia, on the other hand, would be missing the services of full-time skipper Pat Cummins who is home due to personal reasons. Steve Smith is expected to lead the Aussies in the absence of Cummins. They would be playing their first ODI of 2023 and would await the return of their regular star players, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh and David Warner.
As far as ODI is concerned, Australia has an upper hand over India with 80 wins to 53 losses. Both the teams will be looking at this series as a good practice ahead of the upcoming ODI world cup.
Meanwhile, let us look at the stats and numbers ahead of the 1st ODI between India and Australia
India vs Australia Head-to-Head: Both India and Australia have met 143 times in ODIs, where Australia have won on 80 occasions as against India’s 53 victories. Ten of the games didn’t yield results. In India, both teams have played 64 games of which, India have won 29 games whereas 30 matches went Australia’s way. Five matches ended in no-result.
4 – Ishan Kishan (46) needs four sixes to complete 50 maximums across formats.
1 – Ravindra Jadeja (299) is one game away from featuring in 300 international matches.
83 – Steven Smith (4917) requires 83 runs to get to the landmark of 5000 ODI runs.
20 – Glenn Maxwell (5980) is 20 runs short of reaching the milestone of 6000 runs across formats.
53 – Ravindra Jadeja (2447) needs 53 runs to reach 2500 runs in ODIs.
3 – Steven Smith (47) is three big hits away from reaching 50 maximums in the 50-overs format.
4 – Mohammed Siraj (96) requires four wickets to complete 100 wickets in international cricket.
2 – David Warner (198) is two grabs away from completing 200 catches in international cricket.
10 – Travis Head (190) needs ten fours to get to 200 fours in the ODI format.
4 – Mitchell Marsh (46) requires four sixes to complete 50 maximums in one-day internationals.
8 – David Warner (92) needs eight sixes to get to 100 maximums in ODIs.
10 – David Warner (990) requires ten runs to get to 1000 ODI runs against India.
1 – Axar Patel (49) is one game away from appearing in 50 ODI matches.
9 – David Warner (1991) is nine runs short of reaching 2000 runs in away ODIs.
18 – Glenn Maxwell (3482) needs 18 runs to get to 3500 ODI runs.
8 – KL Rahul (142) needs eight fours to complete 150 fours in ODIs.
5 – Suryakumar Yadav (45) requires five fours to reach 50 fours in the ODI format.
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