Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan’s excellent hundred went fruitless, as India lost the 4th ODI by five wickets to South Africa, after the match was delayed due to rain, at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, on Saturday. India would’ve sealed the ODI series-win had they won the 4th ODI too (after winning the first 3), but due to the fight given by South Africa with a mix of Duckworth-Lewis method, the match slipped out of Virat Kohli’s hands. However, India didn’t fail to break new cricket records, and now we take a look at them.
After India’s batting which saw a score of 289 being set, credit to the century by Shikhar Dhawan, an excellent 75-run knock by Virat Kohli, and MS Dhoni’s valued contribution of 42 runs (and more in partnerships), South Africa were given a revised target of 202 in 28 overs after a long rain stoppage. With the help of Heinrich Klaasen (43 not out) and Andile Phehlukwayo (23 not out), South Africa chased down the target with 15 balls to spare, keeping the Proteas alive in the 6-match ODI series, with score 3-1 (India leading).
5 Records that India broke in the 4th ODI against South Africa:
1. Most runs by a captain on a South Africa tour (all 3 formats)
India captain Virat Kohli has been on a scoring spree, right from the start of the India-South Africa series, which kicked off with a three-match Test series, followed by the 4 ODIs which have taken place so far. With a couple centuries and a couple top-knocks just like in the recent ODI, Virat Kohli has totalled 628+ runs till now in this South Africa tour, the highest by any captain. The 29-year-old overtook the cricketing greats with this record, as he passed Brian Lara (627 runs), legendary English cricketer Wally Hammond (609 runs), and former Australian Ricky Ponting (587 runs), to sit at the top.
2. Shikhar Dhawan scores second-most runs in first 100 ODIs
Shikhar Dhawan opened the batting with Rohit Sharma in the 4th ODI, but as Rohit Sharma lost his wicket early, it was Dhawan who established India’s foot at the New Wanderers. The 32-year-old score 109 runs off 105 balls, and reached the second-most runs in first 100 ODIs – 4230 runs. While Dhawan is behind South Africa’s Hashim Amla (4808 runs), he has overtaken David Warner (4217 runs), Gordon Greenidge (4177 runs), Joe Root (4164 runs), Viv Richards (4146 runs), and Virat Kohli (4107 runs).
3. Lowest batting average by a top-order Indian batsman in 10 innings
Rohit Sharma again got out for a dismal score in the 4th ODI, when he got caught and bowled on Kagiso Rabada’s delivery. The South Africa tour hasn’t been a memorable one for the the otherwise explosive India opener, as Rohit Sharma has struggled to score any runs, right from the Test series between India and South Africa to yesterday’s 4th ODI at New Wanderers.
Sharma registered a batting average of 11.45 in ODIs in South Africa – the lowest for any Indian batsman who has played at least 10 innings in top-order, in any particular country.
4. Shikhar Dhawan first Indian to score 100 on 100th ODI
Shikhar Dhawan created history by becoming the first Indian cricketer to whack a century in his 100th ODI. The left-handed batting bully scored his 13th international century, and achieved the illustrious and rare feat during the 4th ODI between India & South Africa. The 32-year-old scored 100 off 99 deliveries, which included 10 boundaries and two sixes, making him the 9th cricketer in the whole world to achieve such a feat.
5. Virat Kohli Becomes Fifth-highest ODI Run-scorer for India
In the 4th ODI against South Africa at Johannesburg, during his innings of 75 runs, Kohli added another feat to his record book, as he became the fifth-highest run-scorer for India in ODIs. The captain now has 9,423 runs in his run-bank, which he registered from just 198 innings.
Kohli surpassed former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 9,378 runs that the the former stalwart had acquired in 308 innings, to become the fifth-highest Indian run-scorer in ODIs. Virat Kohli is below the cricketing greats in the list – Sachin Tendulkar (18,426 runs), Sourav Ganguly (11,221), Rahul Dravid (10,768), and MS Dhoni (9,954).
India & South Africa’s 4th ODI : Recap
After India won the toss and opted to bat, Shikhar Dhawan scored his 13th ODI century to help India post-up a good score of 289/7. The opener added 158 runs for the second wicket with captain Virat Kohli (75) to lay the base for India innings. South African bowlers – Lungi Ngidi (2/52) and Kagiso Rabada (2/58) took two wickets each.
The match was, however, stopped for almost 50 minutes when India were 200/2 in 34.2 overs, due to lightning and thunderstorm. And India suffered a decline after the play continued, as the men in blue lost three quick wickets in 5.3 overs. It was the crucial 37-run partnership between MS Dhoni, who remained unbeaten on 42, and Shreyas Iyer (18), and another valuable 20 run-partnership with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5), for the seventh wicket.