India's 9-0 win across formats in Sri Lanka was the first instance of a tour sweep by a visiting side. © Getty Images

India’s 9-0 win across formats in Sri Lanka was the first instance of a tour sweep by a visiting side. © Getty Images

In a display of great dominance, India beat Sri Lanka 9-0 across formats on their tour, which got over with a seven-wicket win for the visiting side in the one-off Twenty20 International on Wednesday (September 6).

It was the first time that a touring side had whitewashed the hosts by a 9-0 margin. The only other occurrence of a 9-0 sweep across formats is of Australia defeating Pakistan in 2009-10, but that was at home.

Clean sweeps in three-format series 

Winners Opposition Result Season
India Sri Lanka 9-0 (Tests: 3-0, ODIs: 5-0, T20Is: 1-0) 2017
Australia Pakistan 9-0 (Tests: 3-0, ODIs: 5-0, T20Is: 1-0) 2009-10
New Zealand Bangladesh 8-0 (Tests: 2-0, ODIs: 3-0, T20Is: 3-0) 2016-17
West Indies Zimbabwe 7-0 (Tests: 2-0, ODIs: 3-0, T20Is: 2-0) 2012-13
Pakistan Zimbabwe 6-0 (Tests: 1-0, ODIs: 3-0, T20Is: 2-0) 2011
Pakistan Bangladesh 6-0 (Tests: 2-0, ODIs: 3-0, T20Is: 1-0) 2011-12
New Zealand Zimbabwe 6-0 (Tests: 1-0, ODIs: 3-0, T20Is: 2-0) 2011-12

The 5-0 win in the ODI series was only the second time that India had whitewashed a team away from home in a five-match series. Before this, India had defeated Zimbabwe 5-0 in 2013.

This was also the first instance of Sri Lanka being whitewashed in an ODI series at home.

India sweeping an ODI series (home or away)

Opponents Hosts Result Year
England India 5-0 2008
New Zealand India 5-0 2010
England India 5-0 2011
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 5-0 2013
Sri Lanka India 5-0 2014
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 5-0 2017

* Minimum five ODIs

Kohli’s date with history
Virat Kohli led by example in the ODIs, scoring 330 runs in five innings, including two centuries at an average of 110. During the course of the series, Kohli went past Sanath Jayasuriya’s tally of 28 ODI centuries and by the time the series ended, he was in joint second place with Ricky Ponting (30) in the all-time list. Now, only Sachin Tendulkar, who has 49 centuries in the format, is ahead of Kohli.

Kohli reached the 30-century mark in 186 innings. For a comparison, Ponting had 15 centuries in his first 186 innings, and it took him 349 innings to score 30.

Most ODI centuries

Player M I R Best Avg 100s Inns/100
Sachin Tendulkar 463 452 18,426 200* 44.83 49 9.22
Virat Kohli 194 186 8587 183 55.75 30 6.20
Ricky Ponting 375 365 13,704 164 42.03 30 12.17
Sanath Jayasuriya 445 433 13,430 189 32.36 28 15.46
Hashim Amla 156 153 7186 159 50.25 25 6.12
Kumar Sangakkara 404 380 14,234 169 41.98 25 15.20

The unbeaten 110 in the fifth ODI was Kohli’s eighth three-figure score against Sri Lanka, equalling Tendulkar’s record of most centuries against Sri Lanka in ODIs. Tendulkar also holds the record for most centuries against any one team: 9 against Australia.

Most centuries against any one team

Player Opposition M I Runs Best Avg 100
Sachin Tendulkar Australia 71 70 3077 175 44.59 9
Virat Kohli Sri Lanka 46 45 2186 139* 59.08 8
Sachin Tendulkar Sri Lanka 84 80 3113 138 43.84 8
Saeed Anwar Sri Lanka 52 52 2198 126 44.85 7
Sanath Jayasuriya India 89 85 2899 189 36.23 7

During his innings of 110 not out, Kohli completed 1000 runs in ODIs this year – the fifth time in his career. Tendulkar managed to do seven times during his career, while Sourav Ganguly, Ponting and Kumar Sangakkara achieved this feat six times each.

Lightning Dhoni
During the fourth ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, MS Dhoni became the sixth Indian after Mohammad Azharuddin, Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and Yuvraj Singh and the 20th overall to play 300 ODIs.

During the series, Dhoni went past Sangakkara’s record 99 ODI stumpings and became the first wicketkeeper to reach the 100 landmark when he accounted for Akila Dananjaya off Yuzvendra Chahal in the fifth ODI.

Most stumpings in ODIs 

Player M I Dismissals Cts Sts
MS Dhoni 301 296 383 283 100
Kumar Sangakkara 404 353 482 383 99
Romesh Kaluwitharana 189 185 206 131 75
Moin Khan 219 209 287 214 73
Adam Gilchrist 287 281 472 417 55


Dananjaya’s six, Bumrah’s 15
Jasprit Bumrah, later named the Man of the Series, took 15 wickets in the five games, the most by a pacer in a five-match bilateral ODI series. Andre Adams and Clint McKay had taken 14 wickets each in a series, while 12 other fast bowlers have taken 13 each.

Most wickets by pacers in a bilateral series 

Player M W Best Avg 5WI Series
Jasprit Bumrah 5 15 5-27 11.26 1 India in Sri Lanka, 2017
Andre Adams 4 14 5-22 9.35 1 India in New Zealand, 2002-03
Clint McKay 5 14 4-35 12.50 0 Pakistan in Australia, 2009-10

* Maximum five ODIs in a series

In the second ODI in Pallekele, Akila Dananjaya registered figures of 6 for 54 – the best for Sri Lanka in a losing cause. Overall, these are the eleventh-best figures – and the best for a spinner – while ending on the losing side. Imran Khan tops the list with his effort of 6 for 14 against India in Sharjah in 1985.