After losing the second ODI with a huge margin, India eyed on clinching the ODI series against England by winning the third ODI against England at Headingley today. If India wins this series, it will become the first Indian team to win five bilateral ODI series overseas in a row. Hence, this match is about to hand India a series win and a history if they could win.
If India wins this series, this will be their tenth consecutive bilateral series. India won four bilateral series in a sequence under MS Dhoni starting from series against Zimbabwe in 2016 by a lead of 3-0. Later they won a series against West Indies by the lead of 3-1 and then a whitewash series win against Sri Lanka by 5-0 in 2017.
Later, they registered a landmark victory under the captaincy of Virat Kohli by 5-1 in the ODI series against South Africa. Under MS Dhoni, India won against Sri Lanka by 4-1 in 2008, later against Sri Lanka in 2009 by 3-1, against New Zealand by 3-1 in 2010 and against West Indies by 3-2 in 2011.
In addition to the above records, India won three consecutive bilateral ODI series overseas in 2007 and from 2004 to 2006. In 2007 India won single ODI series against Ireland and Scotland in 2004 they won twice against Pakistan and single series against Bangladesh.
In addition, if Kohli wins this series, he will be the first captain to win five bilateral ODI series overseas. On the other hand, by winning the T20I series against England, India registered a rare record of sixth T20I series victory. If India can beat England with a massive difference in this match, they can top the ICC ratings by dethroning England who was currently topping the points table.