India have taken a 3-0 lead in the series © AFP
India have taken a 3-0 lead in the series © AFP

0 instance of India winning a bilateral series in South Africa. In fact, they have never even tied a series, having lost four of them. India started the tour with a win-loss ratio of 0.24 (5 wins, 21 defeats). They have taken it to 0.38, but South Africa hold the upper hand by a substantial margin.

0.75 (3 wins, 4 defeats) India’s win-loss ratio at New Wanderers, Johannesburg, venue of the 4th ODI. In the 4 matches against South Africa here they have won 1 and lost 3, their only victory coming by 1 run. One of India’s defeats at the ground was against Australia in the 2003 World Cup final.

3 (24 wins, 8 defeats) South Africa’s win-loss ratio at New Wanderers, Johannesburg, their 2nd-best anywhere with a 20-ODI cut-off. With 3 wins and 1 defeat, they have maintained that ratio against India.

1 ODI for Shikhar Dhawan to become the 34th Indian cricketer to have played 100 ODIs

12 wickets is the record for most wickets by a spinner in a bilateral series in South Africa, held by — of all people — Keith Arthurton. Yuzvendra Chahal (11) and Kuldeep Yadav (10) are very likely to go past him.

5 wickets needed by Kuldeep (32) to go past Michael Bevan and become the 2nd-highest ODI wicket-taker among Chinaman bowlers. Brad Hogg (156) is way ahead of the others.

88 runs needed by MS Dhoni (9,912) to become the 4th Indian — after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid — and 12th overall to the 10,000-run mark. Of these, 174 runs have come for Asia XI.

88 runs needed by Ajinkya Rahane (2,912) to become the 20th Indian and 148th overall to the 3,000-run mark.

1 batsman has reached the 10,000-run mark in ODIs while playing as designated wicketkeeper — Kumar Sangakkara (13,341), whose career aggregate is 14,234. Dhoni has scored all his runs as wicketkeeper.

5 dismissals needed by MS Dhoni (292 catches, 103 stumpings) to become the 1st Indian to the 400-dismissal. Dhoni also has 3 catches and 3 stumpings have come for Asia XI.

1 catch needed by David Miller to reach the 50-catch mark. He will become the 12th South African and 110th overall non-wicketkeeper to the landmark.

2 catches needed by Virat Kohli (16) to reach the 2nd spot among non-wicketkeepers for most catches in India-South Africa ODIs. The list is led by Graeme Smith (19), followed by Rahul Dravid (17).