India v England, 1st ODI, Delhi March 27, 2006

ODI form points to India

England and India are tied at 5-5 in the head-to-head battle in the last ten matches that have had a result. Of the 22 matches England have played in India, they have won 12 and lost 10



Yuvraj Singh has been India's premier ODI batsman in recent series © Getty Images

  • England and India are tied at 5-5 in the head-to-head battle in the last ten matches that have had a result. Of the 22 matches England have played in India, they have won 12 and lost 10. The overall head-to-head reads 25-24 in England's favour.

  • The last overseas one-day series that England won - excluding ones in Zimbabwe and Bangladesh - was the Akai-Singer Champions Trophy in Sharjah in December 1997. England have won just seven of their last 20 games of which three victories were against Bangladesh

  • India, on the other hand, are on a hot ODI streak, winning 15 of their last 20 games. In their last three series, India thrashed Sri Lanka 6-1 and drew 2-2 with South Africa at home, and thumped Pakistan 4-1 in Pakistan.

  • India's record in Delhi, though, is not as encouraging. They have lost four of their last five matches here. Their overall win-loss record at the venue is 6-5. England beat India by two runs the last time the sides met at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Nick Knight scored 105 and Andrew Flintoff bashed 52 off 39 balls to spur England to 271. Ashley Giles took 5 for 57 as India were restricted to 269 for 8 in 50 overs.

  • Kevin Pietersen needs to score 112 in his next innings to become the fastest player to reach 1000 runs in ODIs. At the moment, he has 888 runs from 19 innings at an average of 68.30 and a strike rate of 100.45. Viv Richards is currently the fastest to 1000 runs, reaching the landmark in his 21st innings.

  • Yuvraj Singh has been phenomenal form in his last few matches. He averages 110.60 in his last ten games. His scores were 0 not out, 103, 4 not out, 53, 49, 39, 82 not out, 79 not out, 37, and 107 not out. He was adjudged Man of the Series against South Africa at home and in Pakistan.

  • Rahul Dravid averages 49.11 against England in ODIs. He hasn't scored a hundred against them but has six fifties from 11 innings.

    George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo. For the stats he was helped by Arun Gopalakrishnan from Cricinfo's Chennai office.