A nerve-wracking series between the two nations once again and once again the teams showed us what happens when the two top-ranked teams in the limited-overs format lock horns with each other. The series began with the visitors thrashing the Indians by 227 runs in the very first Test match of the 4-match series. The hosts though made a stunning comeback into the series to win 3-1 and also cemented their place at the Grand-finale of the ICC Test World Championship.
The T20I series saw the same trend as Virat Kohli and Co. found themselves trailing 1-0 after the first match but the series saw an exciting battle between the two-spirited sides and it was rightly taken down to a decider which went in the favor of the Indians and are now just a win away from replacing the World No.1 England at the top of the ICC T20I rankings.
The battle was not over there as the teams had to battle it out in the 50-over format. This time though the trend was altered as the hosts came all guns blazing in the 1st ODI and managed to take a lead by thrashing the 2019 World Cup winners by 66 runs. But the series was kept alive when the English side despite not having their skipper Eoin Morgan managed to chase down a mammoth total of 336 runs in the 2nd ODI with more than 6 overs to spare and 6 wickets in hand, taking the series to a deserving decider.
Once again it was Virat Kohli and Co. who held onto their nerves, though at a point it liked the match would end up being a one-sided affair. The incredible hitting and determination of young all-rounder Sam Curran did get the Indian camp and fans nervous but a brilliant last over by T.Natarajan ensured the hosts got home and Sam Curran has left astray at 95 and England ended up on the losing side by a narrow margin of 7 runs.
Team India did not taste the same success with the toss as they did at the matches. Virat Kohli would be feeling really unfortunate as he was on the losing side of the toss on 10 occasions out of the 12 matches in this tour and to make things worse not a single toss went in his favor in the 3-match series. Despite the unlucky streak, the Men in Blue managed to come on top beating the World no.1 ODI side.
This was also the joint-most record of tosses won by any team during an international tour against the home side. The other team to do so was Australia against West Indies in 1998-1999, where the teams played 4 Tests and seven ODIs.
Krunal Pandya, the 30-year old all-rounder ensured he maximized the opportunity and went to score the fastest fifty by a debutant ever in the 50-over format, beating the record of John Morris of New Zealand, who reached his maiden 50 of 35 balls against England, back in 1990.
The hard-hitter took just 26 balls to reach the feat and now also is only the third Indian to score 50 plus runs on debut batting at the 7th or below position, joining Saba Karim and Ravindra Jadeja achieved the feat back in 1997 and 2009 respectively.
India’s lastest debutant pacer Prasidh Krishna during the 1st ODI was sensational picking up 4 wickets for 54 runs and leading the team to victory. The talented pacer created history for holding the best figures by an Indian bowler in their debut and also became the first Indian bowler to take four or more wickets in One Day International Cricket.
Sam Curran and Reece Topley, two left-arm pacers was a unique combination India has ever come up against as a new ball-opening pair. The last time being Mitchell Johnson and Doug Bollinger playing for Australia in an ODI against India at Guwahati in November 2009. It has been 12 years since Indian batsman has faced such an opening attack and surely took their time to get used to the conditions.
The Indian skipper Virat Kohli was once again in impeccable touch as he went on to score back to back centuries once again. The run-machine when reaching his 62nd half-century in the 2nd ODI, managed to create yet another record as it was the 7th occasion he managed to score 50 plus runs in four or more consecutive occasions. Yet another milestone that proves his consistency.
Team India for the 2nd time managed to score 300 plus runs in 6 consecutive ODIs. their longest streak surpassing the five in a row in 2017. Only England with seven in 2019 have more and is currently tied with Australia who had six in 2007. India also has the most number of 300 plus scores in ODIs. Scoring 300 plus on 120 occasions, the most by any side in ODI cricket.
English explosive batsman and one half of the opening pair Jonny Bairstow became the fourth fastest to score 11 centuries in One Day International Cricket. His 11th century came in the second ODI versus India after coming close in the first ODI. The fastest to 11 centuries remains to be Hashim Amla who took just 64 Innings.
The summed total of four-century partnerships in the second ODI of the England tour of India, two each by team India and England is the only second match in the history of ODI cricket with four-century stands. The other such instance to take place was in a match between India and Sri Lanka in 2009 at Rajkot.
Brilliant innings by Sam Curran brought the match to a wire after England's top order had failed. Coming in at No.8, Sam Curran played a counter attacking innings scoring 95* and created the joint-most record for the highest score by a batsman playing at No.8 or lower. He equaled the previous record Holder Chris Woakes who also scored 95* while batting at No.8 against Sri Lanka in 2016.
The 30-year old all-rounder Krunal Pandya did have a brilliant start to his international career as he set the stadium ablaze by scoring a breathtaking fifty of just 26 balls. The debutant is also now a holder of an infamous record as he bowled the third most expensive over by an Indian in ODI history beating the records of former Indian legend Yuvraj Singh and spearhead Ishant Sharma who leaked 30 runs in an over.
The over began with a towering six from the bat of Ben Stokes and the English all-rounder just could not resist the freebies offered to him and ended up clearing the ropes on three occasions and a boundary combined 2 wides and couple of doubles made the over a humongous one of 28 runs.
The flat pitch at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Pune always meant that the teams were going to score big especially given the number of pinch hitters in both the sides. The expectation was done all justice as both the teams managed to clear the boundary ropes at ease. The teams managed to hit 70 sixes in the 3-match series breaking the record for the most number of sixes in a series of 5-matches or fewer. The previous record was held by Sri Lanka and New Zealand who had 57 sixes between them in the three-match ODI series held in 2018-2019.
Any guesses on the highest six-hitter in the series? Well, It is the English opener Jonny Bairstow, who hit the ball out of the park on 14 occasions in his 3 appearances. The Indian young sensation Rishabh Pant ranks second on the list with 11 sixes in just two appearances as he was not part of the
India's current opening pair Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan continued their success between the wickets by making their 17th century stand in ODI cricket, the second-most by an opening pair in the limited-overs format. They also rank fourth for century stands in ODI by any duo. Completing their 17th-century stand in the 14th over of 3rd ODI was the quickest of all the century stands between them.
The Rohit- Dhawan partnership also completed 5000 ODI partnership runs, with only six other pairs having achieved this milestone.
This brings close to our insight into the interesting records and stats of the 3-match ODI series between the two sides. Do read our stats attack the T20I series, as well as CricWizz, which thrives to bring you the most intriguing and mind-boggling numbers. Which of the record or stat did you feel was the most fascinating and engrossing?