India v Australia, ODI series, stats highlights November 4, 2013

107 sixes, 345 fours, nine hundreds

Stats highlights from a relentless run-fest between India and Australia

  • A total of 3596 runs were scored in the six ODIs between India and Australia, for the loss of 73 wickets in 541.3 overs - a run rate of 6.64 per over, and an average of 49.26 per wicket. In all ODI series - bilateral and otherwise - in which at least two matches have been played, never has such a high scoring rate been achieved: the previous-best was 6.62, when India toured New Zealand in 2009. The top four series in terms of run rates have all involved India.

  • The series aggregate of 3596 runs is the fourth-highest in a bilateral ODI series: the three higher ones were all seven-match series, but in each of them the series run rate was less than six per over. In 11 completed innings in this series, there were nine scores of 300 or more, and five instances of teams scoring 350 or more, both of which are records in bilateral series. The previous record for 300-plus scores was six, while no bilateral series had produced more than two scores of 350 or more. In this series, the only two instances of teams not getting to 300 were when India scored 232 in Pune, and Australia ended with 295 in the washed out game in Ranchi.

  • There were 107 sixes struck, easily a record in a bilateral series - the previous-best was 62. The number of fours, though, is only the fourth-highest: when West Indies toured India in 2002-03 for the seven-match series and when India went to England in 2007, 353 fours were struck, eight more than in this series. The nine centuries scored, though, is again a record in a bilateral series.

  • India finished with a slightly higher run rate (6.71) than Australia (6.57), and also scored more hundreds - six, to Australia's three. Australia struck more sixes (66 to 41) and fours (181 to 164) than India, though that was also partly because they played an extra innings. However, the batsman who hit the maximum number of sixes was India's Rohit Sharma - his 23 sixes is a record by a batsman in any ODI series, bilateral or otherwise; the previous-highest was 20, by Shane Watson in just three matches on the tour to Bangladesh in 2011. The next-highest by an Indian in the series was eight, by Virat Kohli. On the other hand, Australia had four batsmen with more than ten sixes: Glenn Maxwell (16), George Bailey (15), James Faulkner (14) and Watson (12). (Click here for India's batsmen and bowler averages in the series, and here for Australia's.)

  • Rohit's 491 runs is also a record for highest aggregate in a bilateral ODI series, while Bailey's 478 is the second-highest. Before this series, the best was Hamilton Masakadza's 467 against Kenya in 2009.

  • Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit added 533 runs for the opening wicket in the series, the second-highest aggregate by a pair of batsmen in any bilateral series. They also put together three century partnerships, only the fourth instance of a pair adding three or more century stands in a series.

  • India's top two wickets added 839 partnership runs in the series, the fourth-best ever and their highest by far in a bilateral series. In fact, so good were the trio of Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli, that Yuvraj Singh's utter failure - 19 runs in four innings - was hardly even noticed.
  • With only four fielders allowed outside the circle even in non-Powerplay overs, batsmen didn't care to score quickly in the mandatory Powerplay overs. Instead, the onus was on keeping wickets intact. In the mandatory Powerplays, the average run rate was 5.33 per over, with only two out of 107 sixes coming during that period - one each by Rohit and Aaron Finch. However, only eight wickets went down during that period. In the batting Powerplays, teams scored at almost eight per over but also lost wickets. Through the rest of the innings, the two teams averaged 6.86 per over and almost 50 runs per dismissal.

    Break-up of runs scored in the Ind-Aus ODI series
    Period of inngs Runs Balls Dismissals Average Run rate 4s/ 6s
    Mandatory Powerplay 609 685 8 76.12 5.33 90/ 2
    Batting Powerplay 432 330 13 33.23 7.85 44/ 16
    Rest of the innings 2555 2234 52 49.13 6.86 211/ 89
    The most productive overs in the Ind-Aus ODI series
    Over No. Runs Balls Dismissals Run rate 4s/ 6s
    48 135 54 1 15.00 11/ 10
    50 103 46 7 13.43 9/ 6
    47 101 54 1 11.22 9/ 5
    49 86 54 3 9.55 8/ 3
    44 99 63 0 9.42 10/ 4
    25 100 66 0 9.09 6/ 7
    38 95 66 3 8.63 8/ 4
    37 94 66 2 8.54 9/ 3
    28 92 66 2 8.36 3/ 6
    46 76 55 2 8.29 7/ 2

  • With so many batting records getting smashed, it wasn't a happy time for bowlers. In the last ODI in Bangalore, Vinay Kumar became only the fifth bowler to go for more than 100 runs in an ODI. However, the batsmen had given the team so many runs to play with that he became the first to concede more than 100 and yet end up on the winning team.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • Sharad on November 7, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Couldn't disagree more with this: "Yuvraj Singh's utter failure - 19 runs in four innings - was hardly even noticed". It was definitely noticed not only by us fans but also by the TV commentators ... I believe it was Ravi Shastri who'd said "Yuvraj failed once again" in one of the later matches (6 or 7). Pujara/Rahane anyone?

  • Harmon on November 6, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    @Ishan Soni:

    About your second point that the boundaries were small, Nagpur, the place where the 5th ODI was played and India chased 359, the boundary was 80 metres. If you think this is small then FYI MCG. the largest cricket stadium in the world has boundaries that are 82 metre long.

    Don't get affected by the false propaganda of the usual anti India ppl here. They will lie all the time and will ignore all evidence to criticize anything that is related to India.

    Even in Bengaluru, where India scores 383, the boundaries were around 73 metres.

    Moreover, almost all the 6s, whether by India or by Aus, were more than 80-85 metres and would have been 6s on any ground in the world. Even the elevation achieved was beyond the grasp of any fielder in almost all the cases.

    It was batting of high quality from India & Aus + weak bowling of India & Aus that gave us these high scoring matches.

  • sajid on November 5, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    new ODI rule.... bowlers can't bowl 130 kmph+ minimum 2 fulltos in each overs boundary-maximum 50 meters best player can bat 2 times. if ball terns more than 1 degree its a no ball. fielders have to drop at least 2 catch in each innings. pitches like-no tern,no bounce,no swing.

  • ian on November 5, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    I love watching cricket of all varieties from Test matches to the village variety - have done so for more years than I care to remember - yet once I realised that this attenuated series was no more than a slogfest, with the bowlers reduced to the sporting equivalent of cannon-fodder, I let it pass, largely unwatched. In retrospect, my early judgement was correct. I wonder what the audience in India & round the world made of it. Did they all think it was cricket? Will the stats be pored over in years to come, with innocent minds exclaiming 'Wow! They must have been great batsmen! They must have been pathetic bowlers!' How stats lie! This, ICC, was not what cricket was meant to be. Elsewhere, Sidarth Monga has called it 'batting pornography' (generally when I come up with trenchant language of that ilk, it is rejected by the censors here) and he is so right.

  • Dummy4 on November 5, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Easy things to do to SOLVE this problem.

    #1 Legalize ball tampering - Since the advent of 2 new balls, reverse swing has TOTALLY gone out of the game. So legalize ball tampering.

    Maybe do it after 25 overs or something... or after 40 overs

    #2 - The grounds used in the series were a joke- the boundaries were like 60-65m or something ridiculous.

    They should make a limit of 75m MINIMUM all 4 sides of the wicket - or the ground is NOT playable.

    #3 - Allow 5 fielders outside the circle (Old rule)

    I would MUCH rather see a 250 run per team contest than a 383 in 50 - 336 in 42 over contest.

    SIMPLE! What do you guys think?

  • Sridhar on November 5, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    There are many issues involved here. First of them being the rules being changed so very frequently ever since the power went out of the hands of the MCC!! Even the earlier rules were biased against the bowlers; just consider the no-ball rule. If a bowler oversteps, he is called and the ball has to be bowled again apart from the penalty imposed - a double jeopardy!! But, if the batsman were to 'charge' and meet the ball outside the batting crease, there is no such penalty, forget the double penalty!! I am not suggesting that we change this, but am using this to highlight the way the rule-makers have been thinking for a long long time. On the issue of using heavier bats, it can only be said that it requires a great deal of physical strength to weild one, say for over 3 hrs - and so the physical fitness to deal with it is an onus on the batsmen themselves....

  • Dummy4 on November 5, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Judging ICC rule considering only India vs Australia series would be too harsh.. where as there is one more ongoing series which has highest score 209 in 2 match and 4 innings. Yes, I'm talking about Pakistan vs South Africa series. Both team has quality big striker but yet none of them have posted excess of 250 total. I feel reason is the bowling strength of these teams.. and the pitch played its role too. Quality bowling attack with good hands in fielding is always handy, no matter how many fielder protecting the boundary. India Australia series was batsmans carnival. Hopefully we can witness some balanced games of cricket in the Indian soil, with bowler has more than something to say.

  • Dummy4 on November 5, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    I don't know why people are saying that having an extra fielder outside the circle wouldn't have changed anything as the sixes hit in this series cleared the boundary by a long distance. The Batsmen would have thought about taking a risk twice over with an extra fielder raiding the boundary. This extra fielder, IMO, is very crucial specially with a spinner bowling as without this fielder, the line of attack becomes very predictable and even miss hits which would normally end up in the hands of a fielder ends up going for easy runs.

    The focus has unfortunately shifted on "Who will be the next Tendulkar" and the thought of "the next Murali or Warne or Akram or Mcgrath" could well be bid adieu to. I'm not against the talented Batsmen of the current generation. I only need fair rules that even bowlers can prove a point or two and challenge the batsmen thereby providing us with a feast to rejoice on. I would, anyday, prefer a closely fought contest rather than a one sided dead rubber!

  • Alex on November 5, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    To the commenters, I don't hate the fact lots of runs were scored, its the emphasis on batting that I hate. Why do the bowlers have to suffer, so we can have high-scoring matches? Its going to result in fewer bowlers, but chasing will be the way to win because bowlers wont be able to stop the batsmen. Cricket is meant to be bat on ball, not bat on bat. A batsman should have to calculate how to score boundaries, not rely on the fact that there are only a few bowlers on the outfield so catches aren't a risk (heck, edges go for boundaries now). Else sixes don't mean anything, and test cricket will suffer as a knock-on effect - just look at how McCullum deteriorated as a result of T20 focus. Batsmen should have to be challenged by bowlers. ICC, drop the powerplays, fielding restrictions, short boundaries and give good bowlers more overs, because there is more to cricket than runs.