India Cricket Team, both men and women in blue shattered many records taking the world by storm in their respective ODIs on Thursday. While Indian Men’s Cricket team crushed South Africa by 124 runs in Newlands, women team was helped by the magnificent performances by Smriti Mandhana and Jhulan Goswami to register series win after their 178-run win in the second ODI.
Have a look at the Indian constellation of the previous day who shone brightly against South Africa:
The Indian Skipper Virat Kohli smashed his 34th ODI hundred to climb to 5th in the list of most centuries in International cricket with a remarkable inning of unbeaten 160 off just 159 balls. Kohli’s century made him the highest Indian scorer against South Africa in South Africa, and with this, he went past Sourav Ganguly’s record of 127 at Johannesburg in 2001. Many records tumbled as the innings proceeded, the run-machine became the Indian ODI captain with most hundreds.
The ICC Women’s Cricketer of the year in 2007, Arjuna Awardee, Padma Shri winner added a badge to her collar when she became the first woman cricketer to take 200 wickets. The 35-year old achieved the feat during the second ODI between India and South Africa in Kimberley. In May 2017, Goswami broke the decade-long record of 180 scalps held by Cathryn Fitzpatrick of Australia. In an interview to bcci.tv, she revealed that she remembers each one of her 200 wickets and she cannot pick anyone as her favourite.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
The day witnessed Mahendra Singh Dhoni become the first Indian wicketkeeper to effect 400 dismissals in ODIs. He reached the landmark in the 17th over of South African innings after dismissing South Africa stand-in skipper Aiden Markram in the 3rd ODI. He ranks fourth overall with lagging behind just Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, Australia’s Adam Gilchrist, and South Africa’s Mark Boucher.
Dhoni took just 315 matches to achieve this milestone.
Smriti’s century powered India for a massive win against South Africa in the second ODI against South Africa Women. Left-handed Mandhana smashed 135 off 129 balls and formed the base for India’s 302 for three. With this, she became the first Indian woman to score a ton in all the away countries she has played including Australia, England and South Africa. Besides Mandhana Harmanpreet Kaur (55 not out) and Veda Krishnamurthy (51 not out) also performed well to contribute to India’s total.