There wasn’t any appreciable chatter concerning the ODI collection as there was concerning the Test collection and even for that matter, the T20Is. Probably owing to the shortage of significance of the format with the following 50-over World Cup nonetheless a distant thought, as identified by Indian skipper Virat Kohli again in February this yr. But issues have come out aplenty for the Indian facet after Australia’s back-to-back similar wins in Sydney over the Men in Blue to take an unassailable 2-Zero lead in the three-game collection. And with that, India have now been left on the verge of an unwanted first in its wealthy international cricket historical past since 1999.
With 0-2 down, India stand on the verge of a whitewash in opposition to Australia with the third ODI slated to be performed on the Manuka Oval in Canberra. It might be India’s first whitewash that they’d incur by the hands of the Aussies in the ODI format.
A loss in the third ODI would additionally imply that for the first time in their ODI historical past, India would undergo a whitewash in back-to-back ODI collection – they’d misplaced 3-0 to New Zealand earlier this yr in February.
The final time they suffered the identical in international cricket was in 1999 once they misplaced in Australia (3-0) and 2-0 to South Africa at house in Tests. Overall, India incurred the destiny twice in international cricket – the opposite occasion being one other back-to-back Test collection defeat in 1967 — 3-0 to England in June and 4-0 to Australia in December.
The loss would additionally imply a sixth consecutive defeat for India in ODIs, a misfortune they final incurred again in 2006 between October 26 and three December – their longest shedding streak this century.
A win, however, would indicate their first victory in the ICC World Cup Super League. India, the hosts for the 2023 World Cup, presently stand under in the factors desk among the many six groups who’ve to date participated in the league with an NRR of -1.17.
India additionally would not have a cheerful reminiscence from their solely two earlier visits to the Manuka Oval – 2008 and 2012. India misplaced each the ODI matches. In reality, in the earlier assembly, India had been comfortably cruising 277 for 1 following centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli and required solely 72 off 75 to win the competition. But Dhawan’s departure triggered an enormous collapse as India misplaced their remaining 9 wickets for simply 46 runs.