Review of all ODIs between Australia and India

With India’s consolation win, Australia won the series 4-1 to make a total of 123 ODIs between the two countries. The results are summarized below. Although these teams have played a tied Test, there are no tied ODIs between them.

Summary of ODIs

Australia maintain a lead in all categories of venue.

First we look at the top run scorers (750 and above):


Several current Indian players can be seen above. The most centuries are 9 by Tendulkar and 6 by Ponting. The most 50-plus scores are 24 by Tendulkar and 15 by Ponting.

And the highest individual scores (125 and above):

Batting-indiv score

RG Sharma recorded India’s highest individual score (171*) against Australia in Australia during this series at Perth. And SPD Smith returned the compliment (Australia vs India in Australia) with 149 in the same match.

The highest batting averages (35 and above) for those who batted in a minimum of 20 innings:

Batting average

The highest strike rates are 99.66 by Harbhajan (though he scored only 296 runs), 99.26 by Gilchrist and 97.66 by Kohli (both in the table above).

Now for bowling: highest wicket takers (20 and above)


Brett Lee is far ahead of the rest. He has the most 5-fors (4) while no one else has more than one. He also has the most 4+ wicket hauls with 4, followed by Agarkar and Johnson with 3.

Best innings bowling (5wi and above):

Bowling-best innings

Only one from the current series, KW Richardson at the bottom. And the table is headed by two lesser-known players.

Best bowling averages (for those who bowled in a minimum of 20 innings):

Bowling averages

Brett Lee again leads by a large margin.

The best economy rate is 3.67 by Kapil, followed by 3.80 by Shastri and 4.12 by McDermott.

The best strike rate is 28.0 by Brett Lee, followed by 29.1 by Agarkar and 30.7 by Johnson.

Fielding: Most dismissals (12 and above):

Most dismissals

No surprises as to the top places. The most stumpings is 12 by Dhoni, and most catches by non-keepers 31 by Tendulkar. Note the dual role of Dravid.

The most dismissals in an innings is 6 by Gilchrist on two occasions. The record for catches by a non-keeper is 4 by Clarke.

Highest dismissal rate (for those who fielded in 20 or more innings):

Best fielding average

Note that DM Jones and Kohli have the highest averages for non-keepers.

Overall all-round performance (based on somewhat arbitrary criteria):

Overall all-round

Probably one can tighten the criteria and get something more meaningful.

All-round match performances: minimum 30 runs and 3 wickets:

All-round match

Tendulkar’s feat would probably be the best, followed by those of Watson (Hyderabad), GS Chappell and Kapil. Note the rare example of bowling by Azharuddin.