Statistical highlights of the first One-dayer of the three-match series between India and the West Indies.

* Rohit Sharma enjoys an outstanding record against the West Indies. His average of 62.07 is the highest in India-West Indies ODIs, his tally being 807 in seventeen innings, including nine fifties.

* Sharma’s splendid 72 off 81 balls is his 20th fifty in ODIs.

* Sharma has recorded five consecutive fifty-plus scores in international cricket — the sequence being 79 and 209 against Australia in ODIs; 177 and an unbeaten 111 against the West Indies in Tests and 72 at Kochi ODI.

* Sharma’s home record in ODIs is quite impressive — his tally being 1154 at an average of 64.11 in 24 matches, including two hundreds and seven fifties.

* Sharma’s tally of 1143 at an average of 60.15 in 23 matches is the highest by any batsman in ODIs in 2013. The leading run-getters being — Sharma (1143), Virat Kohli (1119), Misbah-ul-Haq (1119), George Bailey (1098) and Kumar Sangakkara (1033).

* India’s victory with 88 balls remaining is their largest in terms of balls to spare against the West Indies in ODIs in India.

* India’s ODI record at Kochi is superb — six wins and two losses out of eight played at Nehru Stadium, Kochi.

* Suresh Raina (3/34) has registered his best bowling figures in ODIs, surpassing the two for 17 vs West Indies at Indore on December 8, 2011.

* Raina’s third duck vs West Indies is his 11th in ODIs.

* Gayle has posted his fifth duck vs India — his 22nd in ODIs.

* Darren Bravo (59 off 77 balls) has posted his fourth fifty — his 13th in ODIs. Bravo’s tally of 673 runs at an average of 35.42 in 21 matches, including a hundred and six fifties, is the highest by a West Indian player in ODIs this year.

* Ravindra Jadeja’s aggregate of 49 wickets at an average of 22.22 in 29 matches is the highest by a bowler in ODIs in 2013, bettering Saeed Ajmal’s tally of 48 wickets at an average of 19.77 in 25 game.

* Jadeja’s performance is his best in a calendar year in ODIs.

* Sharma and Kohli were associated in a second-wicket partnership of 133 — India’s second highest against the West Indies behind the 140 between Virender Sehwag and Suresh Raina at Indore on December 8, 2011.

* Kohli has raced to 5,000 runs in 114 innings, emulating Vivian Richards’ feat. Kohli and Richards share a record for reaching 5000 runs in least number of innings.

* Kohli’s match-winning 86 off 84 balls is his 27th fifty in ODIs — his sixth against West Indies. His excellent average of 65.54 in chases is the highest in ODIs (minimum 3000 runs).

* At 25 years 16 days, Kohli is the second youngest batsman to achieve the feat of managing 5000 runs, next only to the 23 years 294 days taken by Sachin Tendulkar.

* Kohli has justifiably received his fifth Man of the Match award against the West Indies — his 17th in ODIs.

* Kohli took five MOM awards this year in ODIs — the most received by him in a calendar year.

* The West Indian opening pair could manage just 85 runs in the last 10 outings vs India in India at an average of 8.50 — the best partnership being 34 between Edwards and Smith at Chennai on March 20, 2011.

(This article was published on November 22, 2013)
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