Team India is back to play international cricket again as they will be facing Zimbabwe for a three match ODI series, starting August 18. Although the major focus in this year has been towards T20Is for India, the upcoming ODI series against Zimbabwe would be important for players like KL Rahul who will be leading the Indian team and is also returning to play cricket after a long break post IPL 2022.
Zimbabwe on the other hand, have just won the ODI series (2-1) against Bangladesh a week ago and they would be looking to challenge this second string Indian side. India would look to give opportunities to new players in this series, meanwhile it will be interesting to see whether Zimbabwe would be able to win any game in this ODI series. Notably, all 3 ODIs will be played at same venue - Harare Sports Club.
Numbers and stats before start of ZIM vs IND 1st ODI game:
0 - KL Rahul hasn't won a single international match as captain. He has led India in 4 games and unfortunately lost all 4 matches to South Africa in Jan 2022.
3 - Axar Patel needs 3 more wickets to complete the milestone of picking 50 wickets in ODI. Donald Tiripano needs 3 more wickets to complete taking 150 wickets in List A cricket.
7 - Shikhar Dhawan needs 7 more runs to complete 6500 runs in ODIs.
Most runs as opener for India in men's ODI:
Sachin Tendulkar - 15310
Sourav Ganguly - 9146
Rohit Sharma - 7409
Virender Sehwag - 7240
Shikhar Dhawan - 6493
12 - India men's team have won their last 12 consecutive ODI matches against Zimbabwe since 2013. Last time Indian men's team lost an ODI game to Zimbabwe was way back on 3rd June 2010.
Most matches won against Zimbabwe in men's ODI:
Pakistan - 54
Bangladesh / India - 51
Sri Lanka - 46
16 - India have won 16 out of 21 ODI matches they played at Harare Sports Club.
Most men's ODI won by visiting team at Harare Sports Club venue:
India - 16 (21 matches)
Sri Lanka - 15 (19 matches)
Pakistan - 13 (17 matches)
17 - Sikandar Raza needs 17 more runs to complete 3500 runs in ODIs.
Most runs smashed in ODIs at Harare Sports Club:
Brendan Taylor - 2165
Hamilton Masakadza - 1892
Sikandar Raza - 1296
196 - KL Rahul has smashed 196 runs vs Zimbabwe in 3 ODI innings at a batting average of 196. KL Rahul made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2016 and smashed 100*(115) in that game.