As the Indian team take on Australia, we look at the dominance of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma vs Aussies in ODIs.
We are just a few hours away from witnessing one of the biggest clashes of the decade, the ODI World Cup final between India and Australia. The last time these two teams met in an ICC final was in 2003 where India lost to a dominant Australian side. Come 2023, the tables are turned, and this time, Australia are up against a high-flying Indian team roaring in their own den.
For India, the final will be an emotional affair. 12 years back, India had won a World Cup final, and that was played in India. Post that, India were a part of two semi-finals, but couldn’t progress beyond that. So, with conditions suiting them, and their current form also favoring them, India would want to repeat what they did in 2011, where they also knocked out Australia in a World Cup Quarter final.
If there are two batters who can make this possible, it is Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Both have an amazing record against Australia in ODIs, and that should be enough for India to instate that fear among the Aussies. But before we get to the epic final, let’s revisit the dominating performance of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli vs Australia in ODIs.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma vs Australia in ODIs – Overall Stats
If we talk about three batters who have troubled Aussies the most in ODIs, It is Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma. While Sachin is immortal having played against Aussies for more than two decades, the other two on the list are Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, who are the Second-highest and third-highest run-getters against them in ODIs.
Overall, Rohit Sharma has 2332 runs to his name against Australia from 44 innings. It was Australia against whom Rohit Sharma scored his first double-hundred back in 2013. Overall, Rohit’s average stands at a stunning 58.3 with a strike rate of 95.3. He has 8 hundreds and 9 fifties to his name against Aussies. His consistency stands at 53.4% and low-scores at 34.9%.
Virat Kohli has almost similar numbers. He has 2313 runs to his name against Australia from 46 innings. Virat’s average stands at 53.8 and his strike rate stands at 94.2. Overall, Virat has the same 8 hundreds to his name against Australia, but has more fifties, 13. Virat Kohli has maintained a consistency of 51.1% and his low-scores stand at 26.7%.
Talking about Rohit’s top 3 scores vs Australia in ODIs, those are 209 off 158 balls at Bengaluru 2013. Second is 171 off 163 balls at Perth 2016. third 141 off 123 balls at Jaipur 2013. Whereas For Virat Kohli, there’s 123 off 95 balls at Ranchi 2019. Second is 115 off 66 balls in a record 350 runs chase. Third is 100 off 52 balls in another record 360 runs chase.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma vs Australia in ODIs – ICC Tournaments
Talking about Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s ODI performance against Australia in ICC Tournaments, Virat Kohli has played 4 matches, and Rohit Sharma has played 3 innings. While Virat has scored 192 runs at an average of 48 and a strike rate of 80.3, Rohit has scored 91 runs at an average of 32.3 and a strike rate of 73.4. While the record is decent for Rohit, he seems to be in a different space currently, so would be interesting to watch him.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma vs Australia in ODIs – Partnership Record
If we talk about the partnership record for Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli vs Australia in ODIs, they are the second most successful pair against them. Overall, Rohit and Virat have scored 1227 runs against Australia in ODIs at an average of 55.7. They have 4 centuries and 6 fifties to their name, which is only second-best to Greenidge and Haynes, with 11 fifty+ scores.
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