India defeated South Africa in the 6th ODI in Centurion on Friday, and finally achieved the historic feat of sweeping South Africa 5-1 in the six-match ODI series. And as was the case in the previous ODIs, India captain Virat Kohli was in an explosive form, as he finished off India’s chase of 204 runs by scoring his 35th ODI century, i.e., 129 runs (96 balls) not out, apart from breaking a bunch of world cricket records.
In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal (2 wickets) and Kuldeep Yadav (1 wicket) were impressive as always, but this time the new-comer, Shardul Thakur (4 wickets), who was brought in just for the last ODI, made the stage his own. Here, we look at 5 records that India broke in the 6th ODI against an indomitable South Africa. Could this Indian team led by Virat Kohli be one of the greatest cricket team of all time?
5 records India broke in 6th ODI against South Africa:
1. Virat Kohli highest run-scorer in a bilateral series
Virat Kohli continued to set himself apart and above from the rest of the world cricketing greats. In the 6th ODI against South Africa, the India captain slammed a 96-ball 129-run knock not-out, registering highest runs in a bilateral series in world cricket – 558 runs in 6 ODIs. Kohli became the first batsman ever to score more than 500 runs in a bilateral ODI series, when he reached on 71 with a cover drive boundary off Andile Phehlukwayo.
In the process, Virat Kohli overtook the batting greats; Rohit Sharma’s 491 runs in 6 matches against Australia (2013), George Bailey‘s 478 runs in 6 matches against India (2013), and Hamilton Masakazda‘s 467 runs in 5 matches against Kenya (2009).
2. Virat Kohli fastest batsman to 17,000 runs
Virat Kohli came to the SuperSport Park in Centurion (venue for 6th ODI) with 16,969 international runs to his name (5,554 in Tests, 9,459 in ODIs, and 1,956 in T20Is). When he reached 31 runs in the 6th ODI against South Africa, he became the fastest batsman to cross the 17,000-run mark, achieving the feat in 363 innings. The India captain left behind South Africa’s Hashim Amla, who had reached the 17,000-run mark in 381 innings. Interestingly, Kohli was also the quickest to 15,000 and 16000-run marks, achieving both the benchmarks in 2017.
3. Rare South Africa bilateral series loss at home
The ODI series that South Africa lost 5-1 to India, after the last Centurion chapter on Friday (16 Feb), is a very rare series defeat for South Africa at home. The Proteas have played 25 bilateral series of five or more matches at home till now, spanning over a period of over two decades, and this is only the third time that they have lost a series by such a huge margin.
The last time when South Africa lost by a margin of 4 or more matches in a series of 5 or more matches, it was way back in 2001/02 against Australia, when South Africa had registered a 5-1 defeat. The other instance was also against Australia, in 1996-97, when the Proteas recorded a 4-3 defeat.
4. Virat Kohli records 100 ODI catches
Kohli has been on a spree, but apparently not just with his bat. The India captain is also known for his excellent fielding skills, and he completed his 100th ODI catch when he caught Imran Tahir at short cover off Jasprit Bumrah’s delivery. Kohli became the 30th cricketer to claim 100 or more catches in ODIs, levelling Sourav Ganguly, Suresh Raina and West Indies’ Viv Richards, who also have 100 catches to their names.
5. Most wickets by an Indian bowler in & against South Africa in an ODI series
Kuldeep Yadav became the highest Indian wicket-taker in a series in South Africa against the home-team. In the 6th ODI, the ‘chinaman’ bowler took just one wicket, i.e. Chris Morris, but registered the highest total in an ODI series by an Indian bowler – 17.
In the 6 ODIs of the series against South Africa, Kuldeep Yadav registered a record-highest 17 wickets, with the best bowling figures of 4/23 coming in the 3rd ODI. Apart from that Kuldeep Yadav took 3 wickets in 1st ODI, 3 in the 2nd, 2 in the 4th ODI and another 4 wickets in the 5th ODI, totalling the highest wickets in an ODI series in and against South Africa by an Indian bowler.