As India take on Smith’s men in the last ODI of the series at SCG, the biggest question will be if Australia become the second ever country after the great West Indies era team to whitewash India? Yes, even the 3 time World Cup Champion Australian team, considered to be the greatest of all times, had failed to achieve that feat against Indians so far. Steven Smith may become the most celebrated captain in India vs Australia ODI Bilateral series history. With India’s 2nd position in ODI ranking at stake now, Dhoni would certainly do his best to add the dubious whitewash records of Test series to his ODI captaincy career. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli may grab a slice of these records. Check the list of highest scorers and centuries of each bilateral series and also how 5 records may be broken at Sydney in the final ODI of the series.
Will India be Whitewashed first time in ODI in 26 years?
Visitors West Indies won 5-0 in 1983/84 series and then in 1988/89 series at home. India, specially under Dhoni has already whitewashed other countries at home on multiple occasions 5-0. England twice, Kiwis and Sri lankans once each, while Zimbabwe was whitewashed in Away series, under Virat Kohli. If Aussies win, this will be the 5th overall whitewash of ODI bilateral series in their favour.
Will this 5 ODI series break record of highest centuries in one ODI bilateral series between Aus and India?
9 centuries in 6 ODIs of 2013/14 bilateral series at stake. Current series has already seen 8 centuries in 4 ODIs.
Who will be the 3rd batsman to score 400+ in Ind vs Aus!!
491 (Rohit) and 478 (Bailey) in 6 ODIs of 2013/2014 series are the only instances of 400+ runs scored during INd vs Aus bilateral series.
373 (Kohli), 342 (Rohit) and 287 (Smith) are top scorers of current series.
Will at least one bowler grab 10 or more wickets?
Hastings and Ishant Sharma have 7 wickets each from 3 matches. In the past, at least one bowler has touched double digit. 14 wickets by Johnson is the highest in Ind vs Aus Bilateral series.
Will Dhoni become the First India Captain to Get whitewashed in ODIs and Tests, both?
He has avoided it so far, although twice being lucky due to rains with 4-0 (5 matches vs New Zealand) being his worst ODI defeat in bilateral series. Now, will he get this dubious record too? He already has such unwanted records in multiple Test series.
Batting Records of India vs Australia Bilateral Series to be broken
Before 2013/14 and current bilateral ODI series, only one batsman had reached 300+ aggregate during every series.
1984/85 196 Kepler Wessels (4 innings)
2 centuries (Wessels, Shastri)
1986/87 278 Raman Lamba, 239 Border (6 matches)
2000/01 303 Hayden (4 matches), 291 Laxman, 280 Tendulkar (5 ODIs)
2007/08 365 Symonds (6 innings), 290 Hayden (5 matches), 278 Tendulkar (7 matches)
2009/10 313 Michael Hussey (6 matches), 285 Dhoni, 275 Tendulkar (6 matches)
2010/11 118 Kohli, 111 Clarke
2013/14 491 (Rohit), 478 (Bailey) in 6 ODIs, 344 Kohli (5 innings)