The first ODI between Sri Lanka and India took place yesterday, and we saw everything that was expected. India came out with flying colors, while the Lankans did decent with the bat but couldn't match India's batting prowess with their bowling.

The game not only saw many debutants but also numerous stats and records getting new names being written over them. 

Let's have a look at the stats and records broken after the first ODI.


Yes, the year 2015. What is the context? Well, it is 2021 now and Bhuvneshwar Kumar still hasn't bowled a no-ball since 2015. With no balls being bowled so regularly nowadays, it is staggering, isn't it? Even in yesterday's match, there were two no-balls bowled in the entire match, one by either side. 

A perfect depiction of how great this feat by Bhuvneshwar is!

However, the Indians won in that department as well, bowling three fewer extras than the hosts.


Sri Lanka put up a score of 262 on the board. What is the first thing that may pop up in your mind after seeing it? It usually makes you feel that there may have been at least a couple of batsmen who would've scored a half-century.

However, that was not the case here. Sri Lanka registered their highest total in ODIs to date barring a single scorer scoring a half-century or more. It is also their second-highest total in ODIs to have not a single 50-run partnership involved.


The Indian skipper for the series, Shikhar Dhawan, became the 4th fastest player to hit 6000 ODI runs. Not just that, he beat the likes of Joe Root and Sir Viv Richards to make his mark in the list of elites.

Do you know the other batsmen who took fewer innings to achieve this feat?

Hashim Amla123
Virat Kohli136
Kane Williamson 139
Shikhar Dhawan140
Joe Root/ Sir Viv R.141

Some achievement!


Shikhar Dhawan also became the fastest player to score 1000 ODI runs against Sri Lanka. He took only 17 innings to do so. "Gabbar" as the Indians like to call him has an average of 76.35 against the Lankans. 


Another record, another mention of Shikhar Dhawan. Shikhar Dhawan became the sixth Indian to fire a half-century on their captaincy debut. 

The other five are Ajit Wadekar, Ravi Shastri, Sachin Tendulkar, Ajay Jadeja, and MS Dhoni.

#The charm of 25

Shikhar Dhawan and Dasun Shanaka became the 25th skippers of their countries, while Ishan Kishan and Minod Bhanuka became the 25th wicket-keepers of India and Sri Lanka respectively. It was indeed the charm of 25!


Guess who is the record holder here? Yes, it's Shikhar Dhawan once again. Dhawan became India's oldest player to lead the side at the age of 35 years and 255 days, surpassing Mohinder Amarnath who was 34 years 37 days old when he made his debut as a captain against Pakistan.


Dhawan was on a roll yesterday and another mention of him proves it. Dhawan became the second-highest scorer on captaincy debut, only falling behind the "God of Cricket," Sachin Tendulkar who scored 110 against the same opponents.


Let's have a look at the players who hit a six on the first ball of their ODI innings.

  • Johann Louw (2008)
  • Jawad Dawood (2010)
  • Craig Wallace (2016)
  • Richard Ngarava (2017)
  • Ishan Kishan (2021)

However, Ishan Kishan did something extraordinary because he achieved this feat on his ODI debut. The young gun has got some nerves, we must say.

Ishan Kishan India
Image credits-indiatoday.in


Ishan Kishan became only the second Indian to make his ODI debut on his birthday. Overall he is the 16th player.  However, do you know who was the first player? In 1990, Gursharan Singh became the first Indian to make his ODI debut. Sadly, he did not play much after his debut (2 matches). Before Ishan Kishan, only one Indian had managed to fire a half-century on both his T20I and ODI debut, any guesses? It is Robin Uthappa. Ishan Kishan became the second Indian to do so yesterday.


Ishan Kishan scored a half-century in just 33 balls, scoring the second-fastest 50 on debut in just 33 balls. The first position is held by a player who was also a part of yesterday's match but debuted earlier this year.

Krunal Pandya holds the first position, scoring a 50 in just 26 balls. Let's have a look at some other fast 50s.

PlayersBalls and Opposition 
Krunal Pandya26 vs England
Ishan Kishan33 vs Sri Lanka
Roland Butcher35 vs Australia
John Morris 35 vs New Zealand

These were the records broken after the first ODI between Sri Lanka and India. Cricwizz will be back soon with more intriguing facts, records, and stats.

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