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
|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)
|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
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
|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|
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.
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
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
|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.