SL vs Ind 1st ODI Stats Preview: Shikhar Dhawan will become the 25th captain to lead Team India in ODIs

Shikhar Dhawan needs just 23 more runs to become the 4th fastest player to register 6000 runs in ODIs.

Sudharshan Sridharan Author

Updated - 17 July 2021 7:55 pm

Sri Lanka and India will be playing the 1st ODI on 18th July in Colombo. Both teams will be led by new captains, Dasun Shanaka and Shikhar Dhawan respectively with a relatively less experienced team. Sri Lanka, who have been very disappointing in the limited overs cricket during recent days will have to do something special to challenge the current Indian side. Indian side despite announcing a 2nd string side for this series will be favourites to win the series comfortably.

Let's have a look at the numbers and some of the milestones that can be achieved in this 1st ODI match between the two neighboring nations.

Head-to-head between SL and Ind in ODIs :

Matches Played - 159
India - 91
Sri Lanka - 56
Tied - 1
No Result - 11

Ind vs SL ODIs Head-to-Head (on SL soil):

Matches Played - 61
India - 28
Sri Lanka - 27
No Result - 6

25 - Shikhar Dhawan will become the 25th captain to lead the Indian side in ODIs.

10 - Since 2017, Sri Lanka has used most captains in ODIs. Dasun Shanaka will become the 10th player to captain the Lankan side since 2017.

SL ODI Captains since 2017 :

Upul Tharanga (2017)
Angelo Mathews (2017-18)
Chamara Kapugedera (2017)
Lasith Malinga (2017 & 2019)
Thisara Perera (2017)
Dinesh Chandimal (2018)
Dimuth Karunaratne (2019 - 2021)
Lahiru Thirimanne (2019)
Kusal Perera (2021)
Dasun Shanaka (2021)

3 - Shikhar Dhawan will be playing his debut match as captain after playing 142 ODI matches, which is 3rd highest for an Indian Player.

Most matches played for India before captaining the side in ODIs:

Anil Kumble - 217 
Rohit Sharma - 171
Shikhar Dhawan - 142

4 - Shikhar Dhawan needs just 23 more runs to become the 4th fastest to record 6000 runs in ODIs. Currently, Dhawan has 5977 runs from 139 innings.

Fastest to 6000 ODI runs:

Hashim Amla - 123 innings
Virat Kohli - 136 innings
Kane Williamson - 139 innings
Viv Richards - 141 innings
Joe Root - 141 innings

7 -  Surprisingly Sri Lanka have won their last 7 ODIs that they have played on their home soil.

Sri Lanka's results in their last 7 ODIs (in home) :

Won 3-0 vs WI, 2020
Won 3-0 vs Ban, 2019
Won 5th ODI match of the series against Eng in Colombo, 2018

1000 - Shikhar Dhawan needs just 17 more runs to score 1000 runs against Sri Lanka alone in ODIs.

92 - If India wins the 1st ODI, then they would win 92 ODI matches against Sri Lanka.

Most ODIs won against a particular team :

Aus - 92 vs NZ
Pak - 92 vs SL
Ind - 91 vs SL