AUS vs IND 2020: The much-awaited series down under is finally happening. Australia will host India for 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs, and 4 Tests starting from November 27th. Unlike the usual scenario, the absence of Virat Kohli from the last three Test matches have shifted the popular focus to the ODI series. Over the years many of the stalwarts of the game have dominated the India- Australia bilateral series. Nonetheless, still, a good performance in the India-Australia series is considered as a benchmark to assess the quality of the player in both the nations. And in prominence, one domain where the competition was even in the last few years was the batting department.
With some of the modern-day legends like Kohli, Rohit, Smith, and Warner dominating the world cricket in the past decade, let's look at the top run-getters in the India-Australia series from the last decade.
5. MS Dhoni- 970
Number five on the list is the former Indian captain and legend of the game MS Dhoni. He has scored 970 runs against the Aussies at both home and away during the last decade. He who captained India for the majority of this period also has a tremendous average of 46.19 against them during this period.
4. Shikhar Dhawan- 1145
Dhawan is the most under-rated Indian limited-overs batsman in the last decade. The tremendous form of Virat and Rohit in the last decade made it tough for Dhawan to attract popular attention. But despite low popular attention, his records are not much lesser than the other two. Opening the batting with Rohit, he has scored 1145 runs against Aussies during the last decade. And most importantly, most of his innings have come in situations, when the team was in dire need of someone to step up. With 4 hundreds and 6 fifties to his name in this category, India’s man for big moments sits comfortably at the fourth position on this illustrious list.
3. Aaron Finch- 1211
Surprisingly the current Australian captain is the only Aussie batsman on this list. Despite Warner and Smith taking all the limelight, it was Finch who had a bigger contribution with the bat in the last decade whenever Aussies came up against India. He has scored 1211 runs against the men in blue and even has 3 centuries and 7 fifties against them.
2. Virat Kohli- 1870
Probably the most obvious name in this list is Indian captain Virat Kohli. Such was his consistency against all teams in the last decade. Nobody has dominated the world cricket in the last 10 years like the King- Virat Kohli. He has scored 1870 runs against Aussies and his tally includes 8 hundreds and 8 fifties. His average of 56.66 clearly depicts the strong upper hand that he had against the Aussies in the ODIs.
1. Rohit Sharma- 2069
Nobody has dominated the India-Australia series in the last decade like the Hitman. Known for his effortless strokeplay and classic pull shots, he leads all batting charts in the last decade, when it comes to the battle against the Aussies, With 2069 runs he is way ahead of his competitors in this race. Astonishingly he has also hit 76 sixes against them. To know the dominance of this stat- the second-best in that list, Aaron Finch has hit only 26. He also holds the record for the highest individual score in an India-Australia match (209). One of his three double hundreds came against Australia. Despite all these stats, he won’t be part of the limited-overs series down under this November. Undoubtedly a great advantage for Australia.
5. Aaron Finch- 416
4. Steve Smith- 467
3. MS Dhoni- 506
2. Virat Kohli- 629
1. Rohit Sharma- 852
5. George Bailey- 478
4. Shikhar Dhawan- 631
3. Aaron Finch- 759
2. Virat Kohli- 1159
1. Rohit Sharma- 1160
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