As India gear up to take on Australia in the first one dayer of the three match series, we take a look at India record in ODIs in Australia. Although the side doesn’t boast of an illustrious record in the 50 over form of the game, having lost 35 out of the 48 matches they have played in the country, the side has seen some swashbuckling and eye-catching individual brilliances that will always be memorable in our minds.
From Irfan Pathan’s feisty, pacey and ripping spells that saw him get the ball to both swing and reverse swing in an incredible display of fast bowling in the country to Rohit Sharma opening his arms to take on the Australian bowling line-up, India have enjoyed more than their fair share of significant showings in ODIs in the country.
We bring to you the standout performances by the country in one day internationals in Australia and also take a look at India’s record in ODIs in the country.
India record in ODIs in Australia: Best Performances
With 806 runs under his belt in 16 ODIs, India’s dynamic opener has taken accountability on himself to guide India’s bid in the batting department on Australian soul. With a strike rate of 91 and three centuries and 2 half-centuries to his name, Rohit has been remarkably consistent in the country to become the highest grossing Indian batsman in the country.
One of the best all-rounders to have worn the Indian jersey, Pathan was a real force with the ball during his time. Known to keep hitting the pitch on the right areas persistently, Pathan was the spearhead of the Indian bowling attack whenever the country travelled to Australia.
It was a country and conditions that Pathan flourished in. Armed with an impressive ability to deviate the bowl in the air to send them down some absolute jaffers, Pathan rattled Australia’s batters for a long time that saw him pick up an incredible 22 wickets in 17 matches to become the highest wicket-taker in ODIs in Australia for India.
Having always cherished playing against Australia, Kohli will be looking to bring up the elusive 51 runs he needs against the opposition to become the 5th Indian batsman ever to score 6,000 runs away from home in ODIs.
Kohli’s numbers as a captain are nothing short of stunning with his average reading 87.80, which is the most by any batsman with a minimum of 1000 ODI runs. Also, his winning percentage as a captain is an impressive 74% which makes him the 3rd most successful leader to have captained his side in more than 20 matches and he’ll be looking to strengthen this record even further with a superlative display in this series.
Lowest team score (63/10)
Unfortunately, India hold the dubious record of scoring the lowest runs in a match between the two sides way back in 1981 when they managed to make just 81 runs in the first ever ODI series between the two countries which had seen India win the first match at the MCG. The score came at the SCG, the venue for the first ODI between the two sides; a stadium the team has dominated ever since.
India’s record in ODIs in Australia: Head To Head Record
India’s ODI record in Australia is not one to marvel for the country. Apart from the 1985 World Championship and 2008 Series wins, they have lost 35 out of 48 ODIs played against Australia on their home soil.
India vs Australia (W-11 L-35 NR-2)
India has won only 11 matches out of 48 it played on Australian soil while 2 matches ended with no results.
India Vs Australia Head To Head One Day International Records (since 1980)
Total ODIs – 127
India won – 45
Australia won – 72
No Result – 10
First Match: India won by 66 runs at Melbourne, Dec 6, 1980