Over the years, the India vs Australia rivalry has become the most talked about and most eagerly anticipated rivalry in cricket, especially for Indian fans, after India-Pakistan bilateral cricket relations were stalled.
Ahead of the first T20I between India and Australia of the three match series on Tuesday, TimesofIndia.com here takes a look at some very interesting statistical trivia about India vs Australia in T20I cricket:
1. Of the last six matches played between the two teams, three matches each have been won by India and Australia.
2. In the last encounter between the two teams at Sydney on December 8, 2020 (3rd T20I of the series), Virat Kohli had played an outstanding innings of 85 off 61 balls an innings embellished with four fours and three sixes. However, his innings went in vain, as India lost the match by 12 runs.
3. Kohli’s unbeaten 85, as above, remains his highest score in a losing cause away from home in T20Is – his second highest overall, behind the 89 not out against West Indies at Wankhede Stadium on March 31, 2016 – a match India lost by 7 wickets.
4. Australia had lost the first four matches to India on Indian soil between October 20, 2007 and October 7, 2017 – one each at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, Rajkot, Mohali and Ranchi before winning the next three between October 10, 2017 and February 27, 2019 – one each at Guwahati, Visakhapatnam and Bengaluru.
5. Australia have won two matches by 9 wickets’ margin – at Melbourne on February 1, 2008, and in the ICC World Twenty20 fixture at Colombo (RPS) on September 28, 2012
6. India were dismissed for 74 at Melbourne on February 1, 2008 – the lowest total on either side in T20Is involving India and Australia.
7. India’s aforesaid total of 74 remains their lowest against any opponent in T20Is.
8. Ravichandran Ashwin’s figures of 4 for 11 in the T20 World Cup at Mirpur on March 30, 2014, are the best figures by an Indian bowler against Australia in the shortest format.
9. Krunal Pandya’s career-best figures of 4 for 36 on November 25, 2018 were accomplished at Sydney. Thanks to his match-winning performance, India won by six wickets.
10. Left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff produced career-best figures of 4 for 21 at Guwahati on October 10, 2017 – the only four-wicket haul by an Australian bowler against India in this format.
11. Kohli has managed 718 runs at an average of 59.83, including seven fifties, in 18 innings at a strike rate of 146.23 – the most by any batsman against Australia in T20Is.
12. Aaron Finch has totalled 440 at an average of 29.33, including two fifties, in 15 innings – the most by an Australian batsman against India in T20Is.
13. Kohli had posted an unbeaten 90 off 55 balls at Adelaide on January 26, 2016 – the highest by an Indian batsman vs Australia in T20Is.
14. Jasprit Bumrah, with 15 wickets at 20.13 runs apiece in 11 matches is the top wicket-taker on either side in India-Australia T20Is.
15. Shane Watson, with 10 wickets at 22.40 runs apiece in eight matches is the top wicket-taker for Australia vs India in this format.
16. Two hundreds have been registered in T20Is involving India and Australia – both by Australian batters.
17. Shane Watson posted 124 not out off 71 balls at Sydney on January 31, 2016, and Glenn Maxwell recorded 113 not out off 55 balls at Bengaluru on February 27, 2019.
18. Glenn Maxwell’s two hundreds in successful chases are without parallel in T20Is. No other Australian batter has posted even one century in a successful chase.
19. Apart from his hundred against India, Maxwell hit 103 not out in a successful chase against England at Hobart on February 7, 2018.
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20. Maxwell’s strike rate of 151.42 (901 runs in 31 innings at an average of 42.90, including two hundreds and four fifties) is the highest by an Australian batter in successful chases (minimum 500 runs).
21. Kohli is averaging 97.46 in successful chases – his tally being 1462, including 14 fifties, in 32 innings (17 times not out) at a strike rate of 135.24 – the best among the batsmen with 500 runs or more in T20Is.
22. Mahendra Singh Dhoni had pulled off 15 dismissals (10 catches plus five stumpings) in 17 innings – the most by a wicketkeeper against Australia in the shortest format.
23. Kohli has taken 9 catches in 19 matches – a record by a fielder in T20Is involving India and Australia.
24. Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina had shared a partnership of 134 for the third wicket at Adelaide on January 26, 2016 – India’s highest stand for any wicket vs Australia.
25. Shane Watson and David Warner put on 133 for the first wicket at Colombo (RPS) on September 28, 2012 – Australia’s highest stand for any wicket vs India.
26. Maxwell’s tally of sixes (28 in fifteen innings) is a record in T20Is involving India and Australia.
27. Kohli’s tally of 22 sixes in 18 innings remains an Indian record vs Australia.
(Stats Courtesy: Rajesh Kumar)