The Indian cricket team will begin its white-ball tour of the West Indies with a three-match ODI series starting Friday, July 22.

India are coming off a 2-1 series win in England, including an emphatic 10-wicket win over the Three Lions in the first ODI at The Oval.

The West Indies cricket team, on the other hand, is on a six-game losing streak in ODIs as it was handed back-to-back whitewashes by Bangladesh and Pakistan in its recent assignments.

Once a titan in ODI cricket, the Windies have struggled for consistency in the 50-over game and will aim for a possible turnaround against a formidable opponent in India.

The upcoming three-game series will convene for the 23rd bilateral ODI series between the West Indies and India, and India’s first trip to the Caribbean Islands since 2019.

Here are some interesting stats, head-to-head and talking points ahead of the upcoming West Indies vs India ODI series.

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West Indies and India first faced off in an ODI game in 1979, the opening match of the Prudential World Cup in Birmingham. Led by an unbeaten century from Gordon Greenidge, the Windies won the game by nine wickets.

Since then, the teams have played a total of 136 ODIs, with India having the advantage of 67 victories. West Indies, in turn, have registered 63 wins.

While four matches have ended without a result, West Indies and India shared the spoils in an ODI game in 1991 (Perth) and 2018 (Vizag).

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Team India have an advantage when it comes to head-to-head in a bilateral ODI series against the West Indies.

The sides have played 22 bilateral series, with India emerging victorious 14 times. The Windies have won eight, including five successive series triumphs between 1983 and 1989.

India are in the driver’s seat when it comes to their current record against the West Indies. Since January 2007, India have won 11 consecutive bilateral ODI series against the West Indies with the recent series ending in a 3-0 success for India at home.

West Indies vs India ODI records: Batting

Highest total: Virender Sehwag’s blitzkrieg knock of 219 off just 149 balls powered India to 418/5 in 50 overs in a 2011 match at Indore. The total is India’s highest team score in ODI cricket. Sehwag’s score is also the highest individual score in a West Indies vs India game.

Lowest total: Given a revised target of 170 in their 1993 C.A.B Jubilee Tournament match, India were bowled out for 100 with West Indies pair Winston Benjamin and Carl Hooper grabbing three wickets each.

Highest match aggregate: During West Indies tour of India in 2011, the fourth ODI witnessed the highest match aggregate recorded between the two nations in the ODI format. A total 683 runs was scored in the match at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. After India posted 418/5 in their allotted 50 overs, West Indies were bowled out for 265.

Lowest match aggregate: The lowest match aggregate between India and West Indies in an ODI is 209 runs. During West Indies tour of India in 2018, the visitors were bundled out for 104 in Thiruvananthapuram. India later chased down the total, having lost a solitary wicket in 14.5 overs. 

Most runs: Virat Kohli is India’s leading run-getter against the West Indies in ODIs, with 2,261 runs in 42 matches at an average of 66.50.

Most hundreds: Virat Kohli has scored the most hundreds against West Indies in the 50-over format. The former India captain has smashed nine hundreds in 42 matches. His best score against West Indies in ODIs is 157 not out, which he scored in Visakhapatnam in 2018. He has hit 20 fifties against West Indies - the most by an Indian cricketer in the ODI format.

West Indies vs India ODI records: Bowling

Most wickets: Courtney Walsh leads the wicket-taker charts in West Indies vs India ODIs, with 44 wickets in 38 matches against India.

Best bowling: India’s Anil Kumble (6/12) scripted the best bowling figures in a West Indies vs India ODI match in Kolkata in 1993. Kumble, in fact, registered the best bowling figures by an Indian spinner in an ODI with his six-wicket haul.

Most five-wicket hauls: West Indies cricketer Mervyn Dhillon has the most five-wicket hauls against India in ODIs. The former right-arm pacer recorded two five-wicket hauls against India including best bowling figures of 5/51.

Author: William Paul