India will be playing ODI with a full-strength team after almost 10 months against South Africa on Wednesday. India will be determined to win the ODI series after their unexpected Test Series loss to the Proteas. The last time these two sides faced each other in an ODI series, India ended up defeating South Africa by a 5-1 margin in 2018. Virat Kohli was in deadly form with the bat in the 2018 ODI Series as he scored 558 runs in just 6 innings which included 3 centuries and 1 fifty-plus score. It will be interesting to see whether this time South Africa could change their fortunes against a top-quality side like India in white-ball cricket.
Numbers and Stats before the start of SA vs IND 1st ODI:
2016 – Last time Virat Kohli played an ODI match as non-captain was way back in 2016.
2017 – If Ravichandran Ashwin plays, then he will be playing his first ODI match after 2017. The last ODI match Ashwin played was against West Indies in 2017.
5 – India and South Africa have played ODI Series five times in the past in the Rainbow Nation. South Africa have been victorious on four out of those five occasions.
SA vs Ind ODI Series results on SA Soil:
SA won by 5-2 in 1992
SA won by 4-0 in 2006
SA won by 3-2 in 2011
SA won by 2-0 in 2013
Ind won by 5-1 in 2018
9 – Virat Kohli needs 9 more runs to become the highest run-scorer in away conditions for India in ODIs.
Most runs in ODIs in away venue (Neutral venue not counted):
Kumar Sangakkara – 5518
Ricky Ponting – 5090
Sachin Tendulkar – 5065
Virat Kohli – 5057
MS Dhoni – 4520
23 – Yuzvendra Chahal needs 3 more wickets to become the 23rd Indian Player to take 100 wickets in ODIs.
26 – KL Rahul will become the 26th player to captain India in ODIs.
27 – Virat Kohli needs 27 more runs to surpass the tally of Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and become 2nd highest run-scorer for India against South Africa in ODIs.
Most runs for India against South Africa in ODIs:
Sachin Tendulkar – 2001
Sourav Ganguly – 1313
Rahul Dravid – 1309
Virat Kohli – 1287