India’s New Year will kick start on Sunday when they face Sri Lanka in the first game of the 3-match T20I series in Guwahati. India had a tough 2019 in the T20I format but the series against West Indies at the end of the year gave them the much-needed confidence.
Sri Lanka has been quite unpredictable in the last couple of months in the T20s where they whitewashed Pakistan in Pakistan before losing 0-3 to Australia in Australia. With Rohit Sharma taking a break from this series, Shikhar Dhawan’s future in the T20I format is likely to be decided with KL Rahul doing enough recently to secure his place as an opener.
All the key stats and numbers ahead of the 3-match T20I series between India and Sri Lanka:
5 – India won each of their last five T20I matches at home against Sri Lanka. The winning streak at home against Sri Lanka began after the 5-wicket defeat in the 2016 Pune T20I.
4/4 – Virat Kohli scored a fifty in all the four matches he played against Sri Lanka in the T20I format. He has scored 283 runs across the four innings at an average of 94.33. He is the 2nd highest run-getter in India-Sri Lanka T20Is behind Rohit Sharma’s 289 runs. Rohit played 13 innings for those 289 runs and is not part of the series starting on Sunday.
8-1 – India won 8 of their last nine matches in the T20I format against Sri Lanka. The 5-match win in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy opening match brought an end to Sri Lanka’s 7-match losing streak in T20Is against India.
8-0 – The 2nd T20I of this series will be played at the Holkar Stadium in Indore where India won all the 8 International matches they played. No other team has played more than six matches at a venue in International cricket with 100% win record.
14 – Yuzvendra Chahal is the leading wicket-taker in the T20Is between India and Sri Lanka. The leg-spinner claimed 14 wickets across five T20Is at a strike rate of 8.5 with help of two 4-wicket hauls.
52 – Yuzvendra Chahal is the joint-highest wicket-taker in the T20I format for India with 52. Chahal is currently tied with Ravichandran Ashwin (52) and needs one more wicket to go past the off-spinner.
Jasprit Bumrah, who is making a comeback in this series, is next on the list with 51 wickets. He is the only other Indian with 50+ T20I wickets.
976 – Virat Kohli needs 24 more runs to become the 6th player to score 1000+ T20I runs as captain. He needs to score those 24 runs in his next inning to become the quickest to 1000 T20I runs.
10969 – Runs Kohli has aggregated in his International career as a captain. He needs 31 more runs to become the 6th captain with 11000 International runs. Virat will be the quickest to reach this milestone when he gets there.
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