The Jawahar Lal Stadium in Kochi hosted its first ODI in 1998 between India and Australia, which India won by 41 runs © Getty Images
The Jawahar Lal Stadium in Kochi hosted its first ODI in 1998 between India and Australia, which India won by 41 runs © Getty Images

As India take on West Indies in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Kochi, Abhijit Banare presents a few statistical highlights of India’s ODI record at the venue.

India have a formidable record at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in Kochi and there are a few memorable moments for the ‘Men-in-Blue’ to cherish. In the ‘God’s own country’, Sachin Tendulkar has etched his name not only with his batting but a couple of phenomenal bowling performances as well. Let’s look at a few records and resulst for India on this ground. Read the preview of the 1st ODI here

India’s overall record

P

W

L

8

6

2

 

Below are the results of the eight matches India have played at this venue.

No

Opposition

Result

Margin

Year

1

Australia

India won

by 41 runs

1998

2

South Africa

India won

by 3 wickets

2000

3

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe won

by 6 wickets

2002

4

Pakistan

India won

by 87 runs

2005

5

England

India won

by 4 wickets

2006

6

Australia

Australia won

by 84 runs

2007

7

England

India won

by 127 runs

2013

8

West Indies

India won

by 6 wickets

2013

 

Toss: India have opted to bat everytime they won the toss, except the match against Australia in 2007 where MS Dhoni chose to field. Dhoni hasn’t had great luck with the toss, but things might be different for him at Kochi. India have won five of the eight tosses at this venue and have gone on to win four of the matches. Read the key battles of India vs West Indies 2014 1st ODI here

Toss

Year

India, bat

1998

South Africa, bat

2000

India, bat

2002

India, bat

2005

England, bat

2006

India, field

2007

West Indies, bat

2013

India, bat

2013

 

Stat: Four of the eight matches played by India here were the first match of the series/tournament

Highest totals: India posted 309 for five against Australia in the first ODI at this venue in 1998. Below mentioned scores are the only four instances of a 300+ score by teams at this venue.

No

Team

Score

Year

1

India 309/5

1998

2

Australia 306/6

2007

3

India 302/7

2000

4

South Africa 301/3

2000

 

Lowest totals: In a one-sided match, India bundled out England for paltry 158 last year. But the most memorable of the lowest score is India being bundled out by Zimbabwe in 2002 with Douglas Hondo’s four-for.

No

Team

Score

Year

1

England

158

2013

2

India

191

2002

3

Pakistan

194

2005

 

Centurions: There have been only five centurions. Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs are on top two. Ajay Jadeja is the only batsmen to score an unbeaten century at Kochi with his 105.

No

Batsman

opposition

Score

Year

1

Gary Kirsten

India

115

2000

2

Herschelle Gibbs

India

111

2000

3

Virender Sehwag

Pakistan

108

2005

4

Ajay Jadeja

Australia

105*

1998

5

Rahul Dravid

Pakistan

104

2005

 

Five-fors: The only name that features in this list is the legendary Sachin Tendulkar bagging his five-fors against Australia and Pakistan respectively.

Bowler

opposition

Year

Sachin Tendulkar

5/32

1998

Sachin Tendulkar

5/50

2005

 

Memorable moments:

a) Tendulkar ripped through the Australian middle-order single-handedly to help India restrict Australia to 268 and help the hosts win by 41 runs in the first ODI played here. It remains one of the most memorable bowling spells by Tendulkar.

b) Zimbabwe defeated in India for the third time in India and eighth time overall in March 2002. In fact the Indians had lost to Zimbabwe earlier in the series as well at Faridabad. The hosts though went on to win the series 3-2.

c) In one of the bizarre ODI matches in history, India scripted an inspirational chase against the Proteas but walked off the field assuming they had won when in reality they still needed one more to win. The umpires had to correct the gaffe of a boundary call on the previous ball and eventually the players were called back. Robin Singh was the hero of the match for India with his unbeaten 42 though Jadeja scored a handsome 92 to lead the chase.

Best partnerships at this venue:

Partnership wicket

Batsman 1

Batsman 2

Runs

Opposition

Year

1st

Herschelle Gibbs

Gary Kirsten

235

India

2000

3rd

Virender Sehwag

Rahul Dravid

201

Pakistan

2005

2nd

Virat Kohli

Rohit Sharma

133

West Indies

2013

5th

Ajay Jadeja

Hrishikeh Kanitkar

121

Australia

1998

5th

Brad Haddin

Andrew Symonds

108

India

2007

 

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(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on @AbhijitVirgo)