India’s tour of Australia kicks off with a three-match ODI series starting on 27th November. The Indian cricket team will be back in action after almost eight months as they last played in March against New Zealand. The Australian players played an ODI series against England before travelling to UAE for the IPL.
It is going to be a great series as two high-quality sides will be up against each other. Some players have a chance of achieving some milestones in this ODI series. So, let’s have a look at five milestones that could be achieved during the ODI series.
5. Virat Kohli could reach 12000 ODI runs
The Indian captain has scored tons of runs in ODIs. In 248 ODIs, Virat Kohli has scored 11867 runs at an average of 59.34 and a strike-rate of 93.25. Nobody else has a higher average than the Indian skipper in ODIs. Kohli is just 133 runs short of becoming the second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to score 12000 ODI runs.
Scoring 133 runs in three ODIs is not a difficult task for a player like Virat Kohli so there is a high chance that he will achieve this milestone in this series against Australia.
4. Aaron Finch could reach 5000 ODI runs
Just like the Indian captain, even the Australian captain is close to a milestone. Aaron Finch has scored 4983 runs in 129 ODIs at an average of 40.84 and a strike-rate of 88.3 with 27 half-centuries and 16 centuries. Finch wasn’t in great form in the IPL but when it comes to Australian cricket he scores heavily.
He is just 17 short of 5000 ODI runs which would be a great achievement for him as an opener. Finch could achieve this milestone in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
3. Yuzvendra Chahal could reach 100 ODI wickets
When India toured Australia in 2018, Yuzvendra Chahal played only one ODI but in that game, he picked up six wickets. Chahal has always been a wicket-taker for India, especially in the middle-overs. The right-arm leg-spinner has picked up 91 wickets in 52 games at an economy rate of 5.08.
Chahal is 9 short of 100 ODI wickets which would be a great achievement for him. If Chahal has a great series then there is a chance that he would achieve the milestone in this series.
2. Mohammad Shami could reach 150 ODI wickets
Mohammad Shami has been a brilliant bowler for India in all formats. In ODIs, he has a slightly higher economy but keeps picking up wickets of important batsmen. Shami has played 77 ODIs and has picked up 144 wickets at an economy rate of 5.59.
He needs only six more wickets to achieve the milestone of 150 ODI wickets. If he plays all three ODIs then picking up six wickets won’t be that difficult and hence he could reach the milestone of 150 ODI wickets against Australia.
1. Virat Kohli could reach 22000 International Runs
Virat Kohli is very close to another achievement in his special career. The Indian skipper who has scored runs across formats is very close of 22000 international runs. Currently, Kohli has 7240 runs in Test cricket, 11867 runs in ODI cricket, and 2794 runs in T20Is.
He has a total of 21,901 international runs which means he is just 99 short of another huge achievement. Kohli likes scoring runs in ODI cricket and hence there is a high chance that he will reach this milestone in this series.