India’s tryst with history

The Indians celebrate after defeating Sri Lanka in the second ODI in Mohali.   -  AP


The number of occasions India have managed to post 300+ total in ODI cricket. They, thus, became the first team in ODI history to achieve this landmark, in the match against Sri Lanka in Mohali, where they scored 392/4. It’s worth mentioning here that among Test-playing nations, excluding Bangladesh, India was the last team to record a 300+ total in ODIs on April 15, 1996. Therefore, India’s tally since then is even more impressive compared with other teams during this period: Australia (89), South Africa (74), Pakistan/Sri Lanka (62), England (51), New Zealand (47) and West Indies (30).

The table below lists teams that have managed to cross the 300-run mark at least once in ODIs.

Teams with 300+ totals in ODI cricket

TeamFirst time achieved300+ totalsWonLostTiedNRWin%Highest total300+ Batting 1st300+ Batting 2nd
India15 Apr 199610078202078.004187327
Australia11 Jun 19759685100188.544348610
South Africa11 Dec 1994797170189.874396910
Pakistan14 Jun 19756959100085.513855712
Sri Lanka23 Feb 19926651140177.274434917
England7 Jun 19755839172067.244444711
New Zealand7 Jun 19755240102076.924024210
West Indies22 Feb 19783827110071.05372335
Zimbabwe23 Feb 1992251960076.00351196
Bangladesh17 Mar 200611920081.8232983
Ireland4 Feb 20079630066.6733154
Scotland12 Jul 20115410080.0034141
Netherlands3 Mar 20034310075.0031540
Asia XI6 Jun 200733000100.0033730
Kenya10 Oct 199733000100.0034730
Afghanistan2 May 201422000100.0033820
Africa XI9 Jun 2007202000.0031802
Canada4 Feb 200711000100.0031201
Hong Kong8 Dec 201711000100.0032310
ICC World XI10 Jan 200511000100.0034410


India’s successive ODI series victories since their last bilateral series defeat in Australia in January 2016. However, India are still behind the ODI record held by the West Indies, who from May 1980 to March 1988, had won 14 successive bilateral ODI series. This sequence of eight is India’s best in their ODI history.

The tables below provide the details.

Match by match summary of India’s eight successive ODI series victories since June 2016




Result sequenceMonth, yearCaptain
ZimbabweAway3-0W W WJune 2016MS Dhoni
New ZealandHome3-2W L W L WOctober 2016MS Dhoni
EnglandHome2-1W W LJanuary 2017Virat Kohli
West IndiesAway3-1NR W W L WJune-July 2017Virat Kohli
Sri LankaAway5-0W W W W WAugust-September 2017Virat Kohli
AustraliaHome4-1W W W L WSeptember-October 2017Virat Kohli
New ZealandHome2-1L W WOctober 2017Virat Kohli
Sri LankaHome2-1L W WDecember 2017Rohit Sharma

India’s successive ODI bilateral series victories of four or more

8June 2016December 2017
6January 2007August 2007
6November 2007June 2009
4July 1990October 1992
4September 1999December 2000
4December 2009December 2010
4January 2013November 2013
4June 2014November 2014


The run aggregate achieved by India’s Shikhar Dhawan in the Visakhapatnam ODI. This makes him the 15th Indian and 106th overall to achieve the landmark. For the record, the first to reach this landmark was West Indian Viv Richards on April 14, 1985 — 32 years ago! By achieving this landmark in 95 innings, Dhawan becomes the sixth quickest in ODI history and the second quickest among Indians, after Virat Kohli (93 innings), to do so. The table below has all the details.

Fewest innings taken to reach 4000 ODI runs

InnsMtsBatsmanForAchieved on
8184Hashim AmlaSouth Africa8 Dec 2013
8896Viv RichardsWest Indies14 Apr 1985
9197Joe RootEngland29 Sep 2017
9396Virat KohliIndia19 Jan 2013
9395David WarnerAustralia5 Jun 2017
9596Shikhar DhawanIndia17 Dec 2017
96102Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand26 Dec 2016
9697Gordon GreenidgeWest Indies21 May 1988
100101Brian LaraWest Indies30 Mar 1996
102104Dean JonesAustralia11 Dec 1990


The number of ODI centuries registered by Shikhar Dhawan following his hundred in the Visakhapatnam match. He, thus, became the 32nd batsman to make 12 or more ODI centuries and the eighth Indian to do it in ODIs.

Fewest innings taken to register 12th ODI century

InnsMtsBatsmanForAchieved on50s
7474Quinton de KockSouth Africa10 Feb 20179
8184Hashim AmlaSouth Africa8 Dec 201323
8386Virat KohliIndia21 Jul 201221
9092David WarnerAustralia22 Jan 201716
9596Shikhar DhawanIndia17 Dec 201723



On January 6: The fifth and final Test against Pakistan in Sydney was the last day of their Test careers for the three Aussies — Dennis Lillee, Rodney Marsh and Greg Chappell. Interestingly, they all had made their Test debut in the same series, against England in 1970-71.

At the end of their last Test, the three held the Test world record for:

* Most wickets by a bowler (Lillee, 355)

* Most dismissals by a wicket-keeper (Marsh, 355)

* Most catches by a fielder (Chappell, 122)



In the Perth Ashes Test, England lost by an innings despite scoring 400+ in the first innings. How often has this happened in Tests?

— Rajesh Kamath, Chennai

Batting first and making a total of 400+ and yet losing by an innings has happened on six occasions in Test cricket. England have the dubious distinction of doing so on four occasions, including three times in the last 12 months! The full list:

TotalLosing sideWinnerMarginVenueMonth, Year
405Englandlost to Australiaby an innings & 39 runsThe OvalAugust 1930
400Sri Lankalost to Englandby an innings & 14 runsCardiffMay 2011
400Englandlost to Indiaby an innings & 36 runsMumbaiDec 2016
477Englandlost to Indiaby an innings & 75 runsChennaiDec 2016
443/9dPakistanlost to Australiaby an innings & 18 runsMelbourneDec 2016


lost to Australia

by an innings & 41 runs


Dec 2017


In the recent ODI series against Sri Lanka, India made 112 in Dharamsala, and in the next match posted a huge total of 392/4. Have such totals in successive matches been registered before?

— Vijay Tiwari, Delhi

India, in August 2008, at the Premadasa in Colombo were dismissed for a paltry 103 in 26.3 overs. In their next match against England three months later, in November, India made 387/5 in Rajkot.

Five English bowlers conceded over 100 runs in Perth. Is this the most 100+ conceded by bowlers in a Test?

— S. Kartik, Vellore

Five bowlers conceding 100+ runs in an innings has happened before in Tests — on seven occasions. But the dubious record is held by Zimbabwe bowlers. In May 2004, against Sri Lanka (713/3 decl) in Bulawayo, six of the seven bowlers used by Zimbabwe conceded over 100 runs (Note: the seventh bowler delivered just one over while conceding 5 runs!).

The last time Australia lost a Test at the ’Gabba was in November 1988. What has been their record since then at this venue?

— Mohammad Arif, Jamshedpur

Since their last loss to the West Indies in November 1988, Australia has played 29 Tests since December 1989, won 22 and drawn 7 (%win 75.86).

Note: All figures above are updated as on December 20, 2017

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