🇦🇺 India tour of Australia 2020-21: ODI Series Match Previews, Results & Discussions

The Indian cricket team is set to begin its first international campaign after a nine-month-long Covid-19 hiatus, with a ODI series against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, starting November 27 (Friday).

Team India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vice-captain & wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper).

Australia ODI squad: Aaron Finch (Captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Andrew Tye, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), David Warner, Adam Zampa.

Related Threads: India Tour of Australia 2020- Full Schedule & Squad for Test, ODI & T20I

Let’s Follow the ODI Series in this thread.


Team ODI Records: Aus vs India in Australia

Total ODIs Played: 51

India: 13 Wins || Australia: 36 Wins || NR: 2

Highest Team Total

Australia hold the record of highest team total vs India in Australia when they scored a mammoth 359/5 in 2004. The second highest score too belongs to Australia when they scored 348/8 in 2016. The third-highest score belongs to India when they chased down record 331/4 in 2016.

Highest Successful Run Chase

Team India shattered records when they chased down 331 in 2016; courtesy to Manish Pandey’s brilliant century. The second and third-best run chase belong to Australia when they chased down 310 and 309 respectively in the same 2016 series against India.

Lowest Team Total

During India’s tour of Australia in 1981, Team India under the leadership of Sunil Gavaskar registered their lowest total of 63 vs Australia in Austraia. 19 years later followed another low score when India were bundled out for a meagre 100 runs. Australia weren’t far either as they hold the record for a third-worst score of 101 in the year 1991.

Batting Records in ODIs:

Most Runs

Rohit Sharma, who has represented India in Australia since 2008 leads the pack with 909 runs in just 19 innings. Rohit is followed by his idol, Sachin Tendulkar, who has 740 runs from 25 innings and David Boon, who has 646 runs in 14 innings. Virat Kohli, who has 629 runs has a good chance to jump to the second position in the upcoming 3-match ODI series.

Batting Average and Strike Rate (Min 7 Innings)

Talking about Batting average, Steve Smith with 66.7 from 7 innings has the best batting average. He is closely followed by Rohit Sharma with a batting average of 58.2 and Dean Jones with a batting average of 54. Surprisingly, Sachin Tendulkar’s batting average vs Australia in Australia is just 30.8, while Ricky Ponting’s batting average is just 28.3.

Glenn Maxwell, who had a horrible IPL 2020 has the highest strike rate of 128.3 between both the teams in Australia. Maxwell is followed by two Australians, Steve Smith at 106.6 and Adam Gilchrist at 105.4. For India, Shikhar Dhawan has the highest strike rate at 94.7.

Highest Score

Rohit Sharma’s stunning 171 (163) in 2016,* which unfortunately came in a losing cause is the highest score between both the teams. Steve Smith’s 149 (135), which also came in the same match is second on the list. Following them is Yuvraj Singh’s match-winning 139 (122) at Sydney in 2004.

Fours and Sixes

Rohit Sharma with 74 and 29 has hit the most number of fours and sixes respectively. In fours category, Rohit is followed by Adam Gilchrist with 65 fours and Sachin Tendulkar with 64 fours. In sixes category, Rohit is followed by Andrew Symonds with 13 sixes and MS Dhoni with 12 sixes.

Bowling Records in ODIs:

Most Wickets

Brett Lee with 33 wickets from 16 innings is the leading wicket-taker in India vs Australia matches in Australia. Lee is followed by Irfan Pathan with 22 wickets from 14 innings and Kapil Dev with 21 wickets from 20 innings. No other current Indian bowler can come close to even 20 wickets in the upcoming series. However, it would be wonderful to see Jasprit Bumrah perform vs Steve Smith and Co.

Best Spell

Yuzvendra Chahal, who has represented only 1 ODI for India in Australia has the joint-best spell of 6-42 alongside Ajit Agarkar, who has played 6 ODIs in Australia. They are closely followed by Michell Starc with a superb spell of 6.43 in 2015. Apart from these, the spell worth remembering include 4/8 by Glenn McGrath and 5/15 by Ravi Shastri in 1991.


As India prepares to meet the mighty Aussies in their backyard let us discuss the challenges Kolhi’s men will face in the coming weeks. With Ro ‘Superhit’ Sharma out of the picture in the white ball series, who will open the batting with Shikhar Dhawan?

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Harsha Bhogle previews the heavyweight ODI & T20I series.

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Virat Kohli needs to lead India to clean sweep over Australia in the upcoming 3-match series to go on level with MS Dhoni, who retired from international cricket earlier this year.

Most number of wins by an Indian captain against Australia in ODIs

Captain Matches Won Lost Winning percentage
MS Dhoni 40 14 21 40
Virat Kohli 17 11 6 64.70
Mohammad Azharuddin 21 8 13 38
Kapil Dev 19 9 9 50
Sourav Ganguly 16 4 11 26.66

India is back on International Arena. And against mighty Aussies on their home turf. One of the most anticipated of the encounters! We will also have live audience in the stands and Aussies at that!

India will most probably get Mayank to open with Shikhar. Shubman/Pandey/Samson would have to wait I guess. Another couple of toss up for spot will be between Chahal/Kuldeep & Saini/Shardul. Chahal may edge out Kuldeep but it would be a close contest between Saini’s Pace and Shardu’ls lower order batting.

For Aus Smith will come back for sure in place of Mitch.

The players under scanner will be Maxie & Hardik. Maxie was under performing in IPL. Hardik comes back after a long hiatus and he still isn’t bowling.

Pitch is said to be flat. Last 6/7 have been won by team batting first. But we all know how much Kohli’s Ind loves chasing. :crossed_fingers:

bring it on I say!


Milestones to achieve for Virat Kohli today…

  • Need 99 runs to reach 22000 Intl runs
  • Need 133 runs to reach 12000 ODI runs
  • Need 90 runs to reach 2000 ODI runs against Australia

3rd fastest hundred by an Australian in ODI Brilliant from Steve Smith - 100* from just 62 balls - never seen him bat this aggressive nature in ODI format.


Hardik Pandya’s

Highest ODI Score

90 vs Australia (Today)
83 vs Australia (2017)
78 vs Australia (2017)
76 vs Pakistan (2017)


Finch bettered by only his opening partner Warner at the top of this list! :fire: :fire:


India’s Last 8 ODIs in SENA Countries (Without Rohit Sharma)

Lost vs ENG
Lost vs ENG
N/R vs AUS
Lost vs ENG
Lost vs NZ
Lost vs NZ
Lost vs NZ
Lost vs AUS*


India Vs Australia 1st ODI:

Australia beat India by 66 runs

Final Score:

AUS 374/6 (50)
IND 308/8 (50)

:australia: Congratulations to Australia who have won the first ODI by 66 runs to take a 1-0 series lead against India.

That’s :keycap_ten: points in the cricket world cup Super League standings and takes them level on points with England at the top!


Fewest balls taken to reach 1000 ODI runs:

:palm_tree: Andre Russell ➜ 767
:new_zealand: Luke Ronchi ➜ 807
:pakistan: Shahid Afridi ➜ 834
:new_zealand: Corey Anderson ➜ 854
:india: Hardik Pandya ➜ 857 :clap:

Imagine that as a batting line-up :eyes::boom:


Aaron Finch, Steve Smith tons help Australia beat India by 66 runs!

Player of the Match is Steve Smith for 62-ball century! :raised_hands:

Australia defeated India by 66 runs and took a 1-0 lead in their ongoing three-match ODI series on Friday. Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat. Finch and Steve Smith scored centuries to power the hosts to a huge total of 374 for six after 50 overs. Finch scored 114 runs from 124 balls, meanwhile, Smith slammed 105 from 66 deliveries. David Warner also contributed with the bat, scoring a half-century, and Glenn Maxwell scored a quickfire knock of 45 runs from 19 balls. Mohammed Shami was the leading bowler for India, grabbing three wickets.

Having been set a target of 375 runs, India lost Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer cheaply. Although, Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya tried to anchor their side’s chase, but they failed to take India past the line. Dhawan scored 74 from 86 balls, and Pandya scored 90 off 76 deliveries. India finished their innings at 308 for eight after 50 overs. Josh Hazlewood was on fire for Australia, registering three wickets, meanwhile, Adam Zampa notched four dismissals.


Smith, Zampa shine in high-scoring first ODI

Maxwell went deep into his bag of tricks in an entertaining innings in the first ODI


Powerful Pandya punishes Aussies with quickfire 90 clubbing four sixes in a 76-ball innings! :fire:


Most times defending 300+ total in ODIs:-
82* - Australia
69 - India
68 - South Africa

Most times defending 350+ total in ODIs:-
25 - India
25 - South Africa
16* - Australia


Australia records their highest ODI against India, breaks 17-year-old record

Australia put up a total of 374/6 against India in the first ODI in Sydney. It is the highest Toal by Australia against India in ODI cricket. Australia’s previous highest against India was 359/2, registered in the 203 World Cup final in Johannesburg.



Australia win 1st ODI as India lose 6 straight International matches for 1st time in 17 years

Australia defeated India by 66 runs in the first ODI of the three-match series in Sydney. The defeat in India’s sixth straight loss across formats in international cricket. It was only in in 2002-2003 that India lost six or more international matches in a row. The match witnessed Australia put up their highest ODI total against India (374/6)