22 December 2019
Bhubaneswar: Today is not only special because Barabati is witnessing an international match after a long period but also because team India will be aiming at setting some new records.
With this match, India will be hoping to register 10th straight bilateral ODI series win against the West Indies. This is expected to act as a great boost for the Indian team ahead of the bilateral series with Sri Lanka followed by visiting Australia. But that’s not all today’s match is about.
Star batsman Rohit Sharma is just 9 runs short of creating history. With this he will be breaking 22-year-old record by Sri Lankan superstar Sanath Jayasuriya set in the year 1997. One of the most fearsome openers of his generation, Jayasuriya amassed 2387 runs across formats while opening the innings in the same year. Rohit, who currently has 2,379 runs under his belt this year, is on the cusp of surpassing the former all-rounder.
Not falling far behind, captain Kohli is just 56-runs short to becoming 7th highest run-getter in ODIs by surpassing South African legend Jacques Kallis. In 241 matches, King Kohli has scored 11,524 runs with an average of brilliant 69.70. Kallis, meanwhile, has 11,579 runs 328 matches with an average of 44.36.
Left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who recently became the first Indian to take two international hat-tricks, will aim to add yet another feather to his cap. He will reach the 100-wicket milestone in ODI cricket if he manages to dismiss even one West Indies batsman today. With his brilliant hatrick in last match, fans are expecting wonders from him today.
The 24-year-old will become the 22nd Indian to claim 100 ODI wickets. Among the spinners, Kuldeep will become the eighth Indian to pick 100 ODI wickets. Former leg-spinner Anil Kumble holds the record for being the highest wicket-taker for India in ODIs.