The much-coveted chance to defeat South Africa in 5 ODIs has finally presented itself to India as it aims to follow in the footsteps of Australia, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka. But that’s not all that can be expected from this enthralling series, and without much ado, let’s dive into a statistical overview of what might ensue.
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THE WIN-LOSS RATIO
With a 1.5 win-loss ratio, India has already lost 3 matches and won 2 matches at the SuperSport Park, Centurion. Facing South Africa with a win-loss ratio of 2 (24 wins and 12 defeats), their third-worst at any home ground might be a challenge to India. Meanwhile, we all wait with great anticipation as Kuldeep Yadav (16) needs only 3 wickets to become the highest wicket-taker in a bilateral series in ODI history. Tied with Rashid Khan, Kuldeep is preceded by Javagal Srinath and Amit Mishra (18 each) at the top of the list, followed by Patrick Patterson and Craig Matthews (17 each).
BATSMEN AT THE HANDLE
This ODI has proved to be exciting for more reasons than one as MS Dhoni awaits 33 runs to be the 4th Indian and the 12th overall to reach the 10,000-run mark. Only Kumar Sangakkara (13,341), with a career aggregate of 14,234 runs, has reached the 10,000- run mark while being the designated wicketkeeper. MS Dhoni, on the other hand, has scored all his runs being the wicketkeeper. Presently, at an aggregate of 9,967 runs, MS Dhoni scored 174 runs for Asia XI. He is joined in his endeavor with Ajinkya Rahane who needs 72 runs to become the 20th Indian and the 148th overall to the 3000-run mark.
Meanwhile, AB de Villiers, presently at 1,327 runs, needs 51 runs to overtake Gary Kirsten and become the 3rd-highest run-getter in India-South Africa ODIs, following Sachin Tendulkar (2,001) at the first place and Jacques Kallis (1,535) at the second place. Virat Kohli is at the 7th place with 1,140 runs.
In the field, Virat Kohli, currently joint 2nd at level with Rahul Dravid, needs 3 more catches to break Graeme Smith’s record of 19 in the India-South Africa ODI, whereas Hardik Pandya needs 3 more catches to go past Smith’s record of 7 in 2006-07. Pandya already holds the Indian record. At the same time, Kohli has 4 in the series and Brian McMillan (1992-93) along with David Miller (2015-16) have taken 6 each.
At the wicketkeeper’s end, MS Dhoni needs 3 dismissals to reach the 400-dismissal landmark for India. Presently at 293 catches and 104 stumpings, he also has 3 catches and 3 stumpings from Asia XI. At the same time, Dhoni (29 catches, 10 stumpings) needs mere 4 dismissals to go past Mark Boucher’s record of 42 (40 catches,2 stumpings) in India-South Africa ODI.
With such promising prospects, one can ensure, it’s going to be a nail-biting series, and we wish the best to our men in blue.