The iconic Eden Gardens: India’s most boisterous yet iconic ground gears up for its 30th ODI. It has also hosted 40 Tests and 6 T20Is.
13th bilateral tie at Eden Gardens: This will be the 13th bilateral series game at Eden Gardens. The first one was played in February 1987; Pakistan beat India by 2 wickets. The last ODI played here was in January 2017; England beat India by 5 runs.
Australia’s Eden Affair: India have won 11 of 20 matches they have played at Eden Gardens, losing 8. Australia have played 2 ODIs, winning both; their first victory at this venue came in the 1987 World Cup final, the very first time they won the flagship tournament.
Only India-Australia encounter at Eden: Prior to this, the only India-Australia ODI played here was in November 2003. It was the final of a tri-series, which involved New Zealand as the third team.
The local boy Sourav Ganguly was injured for the final. Australia put up 235 for 5 in their 50 overs, and went on to beat the Rahul Dravid-led India by 37 runs.
So, Australia have won two finals here! Some solace for 0-1 trailing Australians.
Smith’s century: Australian captain Steven Smith is set to play his 100th ODI. He will be the 27th Australian to achieve this. Ricky Ponting, with 374 ODIs, leads the list.
Faulkner eyes century: James Faulkner already has an ODI hundred against India. If he gets a four-for at Kolkata, he will be the 17th Australian bowler to have claimed 100 ODI wickets. Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath top the list with 380 and 381 wickets respectively.
Dhoni’s triple-century for India: A few weeks back MS Dhoni became the sixth Indian cricketer to play in 300 ODIs. He is now set to play 300 ODIs for India. He has appeared in 3 ODIs for Asia XI.
Kohli eyes Yuvi’s slot: When Virat Kohli will reach 23, he will be the sixth highest run-scorer for India in ODIs. He will surpass Yuvraj Singh’s tally of 8,609 runs.
Kohli eyes Yuvi’s slot, again: Kohli needs 2 more catches to surpass Yuvraj, to grab the eighth spot in all-time ODI list for India.
Shami’s chance for impossible: When it comes to Kolkata, emotions take precedence over logic. Local boy, Mohammed Shami, if he gets a game will have plenty of support. If he gets a 9-for, he will be the 18th Indian bowler to the 100-wicket mark in ODIs. That’s too far-fetched. Even if he gets a 4-for, here’s his chance to topple Virender Sehwag and land on the 18th spot (most wickets for India in ODIs).
India’s chance to topple South Africa: If India win this series, they have a chance to grab the top spot in ICC ODI Rankings. In that case, they will have toppled South Africa.
But here’s another chance for India, record-wise. India and Australia in recent times have locked horns in high-scoring contests: if India get another score of 350 or more, they will have toppled South Africa, to be the side with most 350-plus scores in ODIs; currently, India and South Africa are tied at 24.