5 Records that can be achieved in the India-Eng ODI series
The upcoming three match England-India ODI series is bound to be a cracker of a contest between two equally strong teams. India won the T20I series 2-1 and will hence have a slight edge going in to this much awaited series.
As we wait for the contest to begin, let us have a look at five interesting milestones that be achieved in this England-India ODI series.
MS Dhoni approaching 10, 000 ODI runs
Unless something truly unfortunate happens, MS Dhoni should achieve the landmark of 10,000 ODI runs in the upcoming ODI series. Dhoni currently stands at 9,967 runs in ODI cricket and needs another 33 runs to achieve the coveted landmark. When he does it, he will become only the fourth Indian player to reach the milestone of 10,000 runs. Dhoni has been a giant for Indian cricket in ODIs and one of the best cricketers ever to have played the format. It is only befitting that he should join the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly in this esteemed list.
Yuzvendra Chahal closing in on 50 ODI wickets:
India’s lead spinner in limited overs cricket these days, Yuzvendra Chahal is on the brink of an exciting milestone. The leg-spinner currently has 43 wickets in 23 ODIs. And given his form and the amount of bowling he does these days, it is very much possible that Chahal will reach the mark of 50 ODI wickets in the ODI series against England. The opposition’s frailties against wrist spin will only help his cause further.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar nearing 100 ODI wickets:
He has been India’s best bowler across formats in the last few seasons. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s improvement as a fast bowler has been remarkable and the results have shown. Today, Bhuvi is on the cusp of a well-deserved milestone. He has 90 ODI wickets to his name and needs another 10 to reach the landmark of 100 wickets in One-Day cricket. The swing bowler has a good record in England – 18 wickets in 14 matches – and if he gets in rhythm he may well scalp 10 wickets in the ODI series to reach his 100-wicket milestone.
Virat Kohli nearing 10,000 ODI runs
At present, Virat Kohli has a whopping 9588 runs in his kitty from just 208 ODIs at a stunning average of 58.10. The Indian captain is now just 412 runs away to become the newest member of the 10,000 ODI runs club. While 412 runs in a 3-match ODI series may seem too much, one must not forget this is Kohli we are talking about. He is currently the best ODI batsman in world cricket and is coming off an ODI series n South Africa earlier in the year where he amassed 558 runs in 6 games. So nothing is beyond Kohli at the moment and that 10,000 run mark might well be achieved in the coming series itself.
Jonny Bairstow catching up on 2000 ODI runs
Jonny Bairstow has been in phenomenal form in ODI cricket this year and has already collected 722 runs in 15 matches at an average of 54 with 4 hundreds and 2 fifties. He was the second-highest run-scorer in the recent England – Australia ODI series with 300 runs in 5 matches and would be keen to continue his form against India. Bairstow currently stands at 1856 ODI runs and needs just 144 more runs to reach 2000 runs in ODI cricket. Given the form he is in, reaching this milestone in the series against India shouldn’t be too much of a problem for him. When he does reach the landmark, Bairstow will become only the 27th England player to achieve it.