India's track record in ODIs

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Published: Saturday, January 29, 2011, 8:57 [IST]
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India's track record in ODIs

India has come a long way in one-dayers from that infamous occasion in the opening match of the 1975 World Cup, where Sunil Gavaskar scored 36 off 174 balls. Our batsmen have over the years, mastered playing in the format, while our bowlers have done a fairly competent job as well.

But India has not been particularly successful in the ODI arena since its debuted in 1974. It comes in at No. 5 in the success rates of teams, with a win percentage of 51.09. At the very least, it can be said that India has won (373) more than the side has lost (354), with 3 ties and 34 no results.

So which country has claimed victory more consistently than any other in the history of ODI cricket? You guessed it - the answer is South Africa. The Proteas are the proud bearers of a unsurpassed win percentage of 64.09 with 282 wins from 482 matches. Australia, the team that many will argue is the most successful ODI outfit ever, is just a shade under the Proteas in terms of success rate, at 63.88 with 467 wins from a mammoth 755. Incidentally, 755 is the highest number of ODIs any team in the world has played.

The West Indies is the 5th most consistently victorious team with a win-loss ratio of 335:274 (i.e. a win percentage of 54.56), followed by Pakistan who comes just ahead of India at 54.20 (387 wins to 321 losses). India is followed by, surprise, surprise - Ireland. The lowly Irish have won as many as 28 of their 58 encounters, granted however, most of those victories are against other minnow teams.

England is the 7th most successful ODI team, garnering 264 wins from 546 matches with a win percentage around 50, taking into consideration 18 of their encounters have produced no results. Sri Lanka comes next with a win percentage of 48.73 (288 wins from 615 matches with 3 ties and 24 no results), followed by New Zealand with 42.90 (257 wins from 599 matches with 5 ties and 32 no results) and the Netherlands with 41.80 (23 wins from 57 matches with 2 no results).

But that order has come in for quite a shake-up since the last World Cup. The teams in order of success rate since May 2007 are - (1) South Africa (68.57%, 48 wins from 71 matches), (2) Australia (67.77%, 61 wins from 96 matches), (3) India (62.16%, 69 winds from 118 matches), (4) Ireland (61.54%, 24 wins from 41 matches), (5) Sri Lanka (56.62%, 47 wins from 87 matches), (6) Netherlands (55.55%, 15 wins from 28 matches), (7) Pakistan (50.68%, 37 wins from 74 matches), (8) England (around 50%, 38 wins from 79 matches), (9) New Zealand (43.66%, 31 wins from 72 matches), (10) Zimbabwe (33.33%, 22 wins from 66 matches).

Since the time from the 2007 World Cup, India have been the team to play the most matches at 118, followed by Australia at 96 and Sri Lanka at 87. So one could say these are the most "seasoned" teams and hence definite favourites of the upcoming World Cup. But watch out for the most successful team in ODIs ever - South Africa. In all its World Cup campaigns, it has never quite been able to complete the journey from the cup to their lips. Maybe, this time around, they will...


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